Libretto by Otto Staininger after Vassilis Zioghas (G)
Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes
for the world.
Conductor: Ralf Weikert
Company: Ensemble Theater Bonn
|MARKOS, the dead man
|DIMITRAKIS, cousin of the dead man
|FEMALE COUSIN of Markos and Dimitrakis
|NEPHEW of Markos Dimitrakis
|SABAS, Markos' Neighbour
||from the chorus (SA)
||from the chorus (TB)
Time and Place
Living room or any room. Present time
The dear neighbour has spent all his money on a coffin. He wants to die. He thinks it proper to die now. His neighbours do not think that is right. They complain about it. The dear neighbour wants to die, to die and to die. Again and again he lies down in his coffin. Suddenly he does not want to die any more. His neighbours do not think that is right. Zioghas’ text fell into my hands accidentally. Contemporary timelessness. What I believed to have found, had to do with both the variety of possible interpretations, deriving from the treatment of the characters – people moving as monumentally as puppets – as well as with the limitations of the fable in a sort of ordinariness, somewhat similar to vaudeville and circus...