The Farewell Of The Didactic Play

Dear Steinweg,
With growing reluctance, I have been trying to extract something useful for third parties from the mire of words (the mire is my part) of our discussion about the DIDACTIC PLAY. The attempt has failed and I am at odds end with regard to the DIDACTIC PLAY. In 1957, an adaptation of a play by Brecht said against CORRECTION:
The narratives are not addressed. That what is not addressed cannot be put on stage. Leaving aside the puny opinion about art, the pre-industrial conception of society: Today, in 1977, I am less aware of who my addressees than back then; plays are today, more than in 1957, written for the theatre instead of for the audience. I will not twiddle my thumbs, waiting for a (revolutionary) situation to arise. But theory without foundation is not my métier – I am neither a philosopher who does not need a reason to think nor an archaeologist, and I think that we will have to say farewell to the DIDACTIC PLAY until the next earthquake. The Christian eschaton of the DECISION has lapsed, history has deferred the process to the streets, the choirs do not sing anymore, humanism has been degraded to acts of terrorism and the Molotov cocktail is the last bourgeois educational experience. What is left: solitary texts, waiting for history. And the porous memory, the fragile wisdom of the masses, equally threatened by oblivion. On a terrain, where the DOCTRINE is so deeply buried and which, at the same time, is also mined, it is sometimes necessary to bury one’s head in the sand (mire stone) in order to see further. The moles or the constructive defeatism.
Heiner Müller, 4.1.1977


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