2021 THE ART OF ASKING YOUR BOSS FOR A RAISE
set design for THE ART OF ASKING YOUR BOSS FOR A RAISE, at the brut Theater (Vienna/A), directed by Yosi Wanunu
The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise is based on the identically named novel by Georges Perec. Pessimistic yet lovable, funny and always entertaining, Perec takes a pervasive look at the world of office work, no less accuratet today than in 1968, when the story was written. The author extracted six allegorical characters from the employee’s inner voices, which director Yosi Wanunu now sends through an absurd and tragicomic choreography of aimlessness and timelessness, in which they move from one crazy and surprising scenario to the next. Stage and sound design also allow the audience to immerse deep into the absurd cosmos of an open-plan office, from the screeching scanner to the rattling shredder.
1. The assumption Anat Stainberg
2. The alternative Isabella Händler
3. The positive hypothesis Florian Tröbinger
4. The negative hypothesis Theresa Martini
5. The selection Stephanie Cumming
6. The conclusion Markus Zett
7. The measles Anna Mendelssohn
Stage Paul Horn
Sound design Michael Strohmann
Text Georges Perec
Adapted for the stage and directed by Yosi Wanunu
Assistant director Katharina Höltermann
Production Kornelia Kilga
Loosely based on L’art et la manière d’aborder son chef de service pour lui demander une augmentation by Georges Perec, Editions Fayard, France. English translation by David Bellos, Verso Books, GB.
A co-production by toxic dreams and brut Wien.
With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport.