It is not unusual for homes in Lower Austria, balanced as they were on the edge of the Iron Curtain through the long cold war, to have bunker-like cellars with thick concrete and steel reinforced doors. In 1978, Joseph Fritzl readily secured permission from the planning board in the town of Amstetten to build his bunker. In fact, he would likely have received a generous subsidy to help him along. The threat of a nuclear war was real. The construction of bunkers was encouraged.
I was born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois, home of barbed wire and some of the richest soil in the whole world.
As someone who harbors a fascination for doubles and doppelgangers in art and fiction, where I had assumed such figures live, you might imagine my surprise when, in a weak moment of self-Googling, I discovered an entry for my name to which someone else was attached.
The best kept secret in this world is violence against women, though its not even a secret. It doesnt have to be.
And you cant help concluding that the human exchange is of less interest to German theater practitioners, including the writersor that the exchange is something very different, taking place between the materials of the stage and the audience. But how to describe this exchange?
Harold Pinter was an inspirationif not a modelfor many theater artists working today. What follows is just a small sample of the ways Pinter's work has influenced us all.