5 comments on “Bastille Day: Don’t Make Us Wait Anymore!

  1. Much as I am so familiar — after 40 years — with the Peter Brook production on film, both it and the translation detracted from the original work’s focus. Music was great. Staging superb — but the shrill histrionics a la Antonin Artaud confused the pitch. While Weiss was strongly embedded in surrealism — and Kafka — his main game was — mostly as his novels are obscure — getting at the politics or point of his drama. I think this interpretation by Bond pulls us back to a sort of Brechtian intent missing from Brook.

    Thanks so much for sharing it.

    Ironic anecdote: Weiss best friend was Herman Hess. The guy was many things.

    To get Weiss’s measure and marvel at his dramaturgy (as he worked as such for Erwin Piscator) read ‘The Investigation’ based on the transcripts of Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials.

    From my POV it has been Weiss and the English socialist playwright Edward Bond, who have tackled and resolved many of the issues with advancing a committed written theatre in the mould of what Brecht and his collaborators (like Piscator) and precursors in Russia instigated.

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    • Thanks a lot for your comments Dave, they are appreciated. I agree with you re: Justin Bond’s Brecthian interpretation. I’ll certainly have to read the Investigation. Weiss is definitely an interesting writer, I’m unaware of Edward Bond but will search him out. Best, RR

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  2. Thanks for posting this and reminding me of Marat/Sade. I just discovered that my library has the DVD so I can finally give up my old VCR copy. If you don’t have a DVD available, most of Marat/Sade is posted on YouTube in different segments. My favorite lines are in Marat/Sade 8/x in YouTube. Starting 6:10 into the segment. Spoken by Marat – a very young Ian Richardson.

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    • Sean P,

      True story, my mother sang this song as she gave birth to me.

      That Peter Brook production of Marat/Sade with Patrick Magee, Glenda Jackson and the great Ian Richardson (House of Cards!) you mention is a wonderful piece of art. A bad production of Marat/Sade can be painful, a great one amazing. I still get more and more out of the play. It is profound. Good that your local library has a copy of the DVD, a friend sent me one not two months ago. The library is the one institution of the bourgeois state I would like to keep. And to vastly expand. Agreed, the speech you cite is, indeed, one the best:

      Don’t be deceived
      when our Revolution has been finally stamped out
      and they tell you
      things are better now
      Even if there’s no poverty to be seen
      because the poverty’s been hidden
      even if you ever got more wages
      and could afford to buy
      more of these new and useless goods
      which these new industries foist on you
      and even if it seems to you
      that you never had so much
      that is only the slogan of those
      who still have much more than you

      Rustbelt.

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