Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft


The production Appropriation. Parasiten. Krapp´s last tape (working title) uses a media-oriented approach to explore the possibilities and limits of the reconstruction of an existing staging: The production by Samuel Beckett of his own piece Krapp’s last tape in 1969.

The reconstruction confronts the body with its limits: To what extent is it possible to appropriate the singular body language of someone else, in this case that of the actor Martin Held who played the protagonist Krapp in 1969? Wouldn’t the process of appropriation change the one who appropriates and that which is appropriated?

Isn’t there an inherent danger of being infected, of losing control, of an amorphisation? What can be perceived from this process by someone who is watching?
Beckett’s text (also) focuses on how perception is unsettled: Krapp’s last tape begins with the stage direction “A late evening in the future“ – calling forth a certain atmosphere that is immediately irritated by the paradoxical reference to the future.

concept and direction: Sebastian Blasius
concept and dramaturgical advice: Daniel Franz
performance: Ludger Lamers
sound: Björn Deigner/Luise Voigt
light: Katharina Runte
production management and dramaturgical advice: Anke Euler

Appropriation. Parasiten. Krapp´s Last Tape has been produced to obtain the degree of diploma and is kindly supported by Hessische Theaterakademie (HTA), the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, ZMI of Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Kulturamt Gießen, Kulturreferat München and is a co-production with i-camp/neues theater münchen.