Just Call Me God: A Dictator's Final Speech
starring John Malkovich
Sat, May 12
Overture Hall: $35 - $80
Ages six and up
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The Overture Concert Organ is used with permission of the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
John Malkovich defies heaven and earth in a journey to the point where power corrupts absolutely.
A dictator teeters on the brink, and megalomania escalates into full-blown madness. John Malkovich stands against the sound of the mighty Overture Hall concert organ in this astonishing music-drama: an exploration of tyranny in the raw by an actor of unparalleled conviction.
From Nero to Idi Amin, despots have had megalomaniac delusions of divine provenance. Michael Sturminger’s music-theatre piece pits Malkovich against the grandiloquent power of the organ. Organist Martin Haselböck responds with music by Bach, Wagner, and improvisations that build to terrifying climaxes, entwined with the live electronics of Franz Danksagmüller and the ‘final speech’ of Malkovich’s dictator: words against music, genius versus delusion, and at its terrifying heart, an actor who spares no one – least of all himself.
Written and directed by Michael Sturminger Martin Haselböck, musical direction and organ Franz Danksagmüller, live electronics Andreas Donhauser & Renate Martin, set & costumes