BERLIN VERSION - SPIKE MAGAZINE / STADIUM . YOUTUBE... YOUTUBE. 2018
New York Version In Halrem morgue
JANAUR 27, 2018
Alfred Jarry first presented his absurdist, expletive-filled play King Ubu in Paris in 1896, and instantly ignited a literary scandal.
King Ubu not only influenced artistic movements such as Dada, Surrealism, and the Absurd Theater of Jean Genet and Samuel
Beckett, but it anticipated, with frightening perspicacity, the catastrophic political madness of the 21st century.
Written in a rudimentary and comically nonsensical way—it even incorporates some of Jarry’s high-school stunts—the play
lends itself to updating with contemporary slang and subjects. About 10 years ago, Rainer Ganahl rewrote Jarry’s text as Ubu
Lenin, with Vladimir Lenin and his wife Nadezhda Krupskaya as the protagonists. Now, the advent of Donald Trump has
presented an even more appropriately divisive, madcap, narcissistic stand-in for King Ubu.
Ganahl's Ubu Trump will take place in Harlem, a neighborhood filled with many of the very people Trump supporters would
like to see deported, banned, or put behind “big, beautiful walls.” Just like Jarry’s King Ubu, Trump and his cronies run their
administration like a mafia family business, with barely fig-leafed personal enrichment schemes layered upon corrupt policies
and, in all likelihood, treason. In Ubu Trump, the father, King Ubu, has been replaced with Ubu Trump, while Mama Ubu is
reincarnated as Ubu Ivanka. Originally set in Poland and Russia, the new play blends Warsaw with Washington, and Poland
with the USA, alluding to Trump's special dealings with Putin and the new right-wing government in Poland.
The actors perform behind three simple graphic panels based on Jarry's own sketches of King Ubu, and overlapped with
renderings of the ruling Trump family: Donald, Ivanka, Jared, and their Russian guest, Putin.
This theatrical performance will be staged at a morgue in Harlem, the neighborhood where Ganahl has been living for more
than 20 years.
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