Dood Paard Amsterdam

Answer me

In 1993 Kuno Bakker, Manja Topper and Oscar van Woensel, at that time all recently graduated from theatre school in Amsterdam, founded the Dood Paard Theatre Company. Since then, the company has gained a prominent avant-garde rating in the Dutch scene (thirty-three theatre productions, several TV films and a TV series). At the heart of the performance is always a text, though a major role is also played by music and moving images. Although they number only four resident actors (the fourth is Gillis Biesheuvel) and regular guest actors, the group can be termed a repertoire company since its productions are often re-staged: older pieces are performed in conjunction with current work.

ANSWER ME is a play about obsessions. It is a play about asking questions and the torture that that can be. And not just there! Who are you? What's your name? How old are you? Where do you come from? Are you a journalist? Do you love me? Are you Dutch? Turkish? What they speak there? What do you speak, actually? Can you even speak? Why are you here? What were you doing in Pakistan? What were you doing in Riga? Are you married and if yes, why? Was there a woman who wanted to marry you? A man perhaps? Where do you come from? What're you after here? What have you done? Name? Age? Profession? Keep your head up! You are a terrorist! We've got you now! And we'll give it to you good! Would you tell us something interesting? Can we arrange a fine place for you to spend the night? Nice and warm. With a mattress. And a blanket. A shower. If you cooperate with us you'll be able to sleep in peace. As long as you want. I know that your God gives you power. You've been living in those tiny cages for so long. No one could keep that up. You all pray and your God helps you. Otherwise you'd go crazy of course. Do you love me? Answer me! Bastard! I love you. 

The main issue here is not the subject of the interrogation, but its form.  How far do you go if you want answers from someone? What tactics do you use? Are there limits to the use of psychological and physical violence? 

ANSWER ME is performed by Manja Topper, Gillis Biesheuvel, Gerardjan Rijnders, Luz da Camara, and Gonçalo Waddington and it is Gerardjan Rijnders' first theatre text for Dood Paard theatre company. It paints a disconcerting picture of the human species.  

NXTSTP partners: Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Baltoscandal Festival (Rakvere), De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam)