SOUL OF FIRE
She fought for peace
Bertha von Suttner – Monologue for Maxi Blaha by Susanne Wolf
Renowned Austrian pacifist, Bertha von Suttner is the central figure of “Feuerseele – Sie kämpfte für den Frieden“, “Soul of fire – She fought for peace”. The well known Austrian Actress Maxi Blaha portrays in deliberately and chronologically chosen chapters, contrasts and episodes, the main concerns of B. v. Suttner. Either passionate humanitarian engagements or dramatic love-affairs in later years, the heroine’s life’s vicissitudes are presented in a moving, yet humorous manner.
Suttner, a strong woman, openly and directly struggles with her basic being. She reveals her visions, her feelings and her misery. She shows the ups and down of her struggle with life. She does so unsparingly honest and hopefully idealistic.
Susanne F. Wolf’s play indicates where Bertha’s life and exogenous conditions harmonized or contradicted with her biography. Based upon scientific research, the play puts the important political, psychological and emotional aspects of Suttner’s life into focus. Passages from Suttner’s book and literary text are subtly mingled. The musically accompanied ”one woman play” in English is a stirring stocktaking of our times, showing that the great visions and ideals of B. v. S. have remained unresolved to this day and age.
This year, commemorating 1914, the play is a theatrical endeavour to disseminate the ideas of the great humanist,to keep them alive. The debut performance of the play took place in the Austrian parliament. Performances are planned the world over.
Concept, Idea: Maxi Blaha
Play: Susanne F. Wolf
Actress: Maxi Blaha
Live-Music: Georg Buxhofer
Director: Alexander Hauer
Costumes: Moana Stemberger
When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
Photos of this event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/austriainusa/sets/72157649378755822/