Latin and Cyrillic versions of design of the poster for Yugoslav Drama Theater in Belgrade in Serbia production of Kaspar by Peter Handke.

Kaspar is Peter Handke's first full-length drama, hailed in Europe as "the play of the decade" and compared in importance to Waiting for Godot. Kaspar is the story of an autistic adolescent who finds himself at a complete existential loss on the stage, with but a single sentence to call his own. Drilled by prompters who use terrifyingly funny logical and alogical language-sequences, Kaspar learns to speak "normally" and eventually becomes creative--"doing his own thing" with words; for this he is destroyed.

In the words of Miloš Lolić, director of the play, “In our production the character of Kaspar will be surrounded by more than 3 whisperers, which are multiplied to match the current postmodern cacophony. To deepen even further the author's idea of the intensive ‘speech torture’, the whisperers/prompters would perform certain parts of the text more than just once but always in different ways, until the overlapping sentences seem like an absurd dialog sequence. We consider using these repetition and re-compositional strategies in order to amplify Handke’s literary experiments that broke down the constraints of traditional theater conventions.”
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