The Case Švejk
≫It is strange that the greatest humoristic novel of our century should deal with the most brutal thing we can image: war≪ (Milan Kundera).
Until today, the extent of violence and anarchy inherent in Jaroslav Hašek’s epochal novel was but scantly appreciated or lost in translations and interpretations. The folklore of war proved more popular than its realistic depiction. But what if Hašek were taken literally by choosing his psychological study of the eternal hanger-on – no matter whether of Czech nationality or any other origin – as the starting point for a court case?
Dušan David Pařízek works regularly for leading theatres in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and now presents his first production for Wiener Festwochen. In co-operation with the Prague-based ≫Studio der Helden/Studio Hrdinů≪ (Studio of Heroes), he and his international ensemble inquire into recriminations, explanations and justifications for the war that nobody wanted.
It is a day of hearings at the courthouse; the official language is German. On trial: the case of a ≫good≪ soldier…