Staged Reading

Das Prinzip Meese – The Meese Principle

for everyone who can see watercolours in the dark

By Oliver Kluck (Berlin, Germany)

Oliver Kluck

Oliver Kluck

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“The Meese Principle” is a play that isn’t a play, there’s no plot, there are no characters, its form is open. Well, maybe its form isn’t quite so open, there are narrative fragments from the perspective of an “I” and this “I” is either in a really good or a manically bad mood. Its mood is probably more bad than good though the “I” itself would dispute that. Either way: there’s a lot going on in that head.
In its youth, “I” had bought a tv and this tv is “full of repeats from the Eighties” and “Black Emanuelle”. “I” even sets his alarm clock for “Black Emanuelle”.
“I” lives in a state of fear that someone might confiscate his tv and then he would have to go to the theatre, sneeze in the pianissimo sections of concerts or hang around in art galleries. Generation competes against generation. What is it anyway, this Generation of “Is”: it’s the private tv generation, Generation RTL, face to face with unemployment, or it has employment but that employment is shift work in a warehouse. “Everything about this generation’s pathetic.”
However, the imagination wanders. “I” wants to be a writer. It would like to have sex with a woman who sits on top of “I” doing nothing but read Thomas Bernhard. “I” invents a writer who lies in a hot bath inventing an “I” and this invented “I” has to dash from one authority to the next while the “I” runs out of hot water. And what about Meese, the title role? Meese is mentioned but never appears.
A text which – with the best will in the world – defies summary: fast, angry, funny, desperate.
Roland Schimmelpfennig

Oliver Kluck was born in Bergen on Rügen in 1980. He trained as a drainage engineer and began studying nautical engineering. Since 2006 he has devoted his time to literary writing and has since studied dramaturgy with Jens Groß and Roland Schimmelpfennig, prose with Jens Sparschuh and essay writing with You Il Kang. His first play “Mut macht Mut” and the story collection “Ein Himmel voller Bratschen” were both written in 2007. His screenplay “Ukrainische Verhältnisse” was filmed in Kiev in the summer of 2008. That year he began an essay about the generation Meese, from which this play was developed. Oliver Kluck lives in Berlin.


Scenic Arrangement by Claudia Bauer
Dramaturgy Jens Hillje

Read by
Robert Beyer, Sandra Hüller, Astrid Meyerfeldt, Heide Simon und Ingo Günther (DJ)