„The Dream of getting a Job“

Jugendliche auf der ganzen Welt suchen Jobs. Oft vergeblich. Sie müssen feststellen, dass Politiker ihre Versprechen nicht immer halten, eine Ausbildung nicht unbedingt der Schlüssel zum Erfolg ist, die seriösen Berufe manchmal weniger Einkommen bringen als schnelle Deals und die virtuelle Geldvermehrung das Lebensspiel der globalen Finanzwelt geworden ist.
Im konkreten Fall möchte ein junger Mann aus den Slums von Nairobi seine Welt der Not und Chancenlosigkeit verlassen und in den Wirtschaftsmarkt einsteigen. Die Nacht vor dem Bewerbungsgespräch wird zu einer tour de force und entlässt ihn am nächsten Morgen müde, erschöpft aber um einiges reifer in ein neues Leben.
Im Stil einer rasanten, bunten Theaterrevue rast Myk durch wechselnde Traum-Szenerien: die Verführung der Gemahlin durch den jüngeren Bruder, das Verkehrschaos mit Busunglück, der Song der idealen Frühstückssorten, der Kampf mit den Ängsten, der Sprachverlust im Vorzimmer, die donnernde Rede des Pastors, das Verspielen des Ichs im Casino, der Verkauf von Aktien an Tiere, der Protestmarsch der Kinder, die Fernsehshow zum Eheglück, der Partypool der Banker, die Begegnung mit sich selbst, das Gespräch mit Gott.
Immer wieder wacht er auf – in seiner kleinen Hütte mit seiner Frau an der Seite, die ihn beruhigt und ihm Mut macht. Doch immer wieder schläft er ein und wird in neue Reisen katastrophaler Angstvisionen und komödiantischen Scheiterns gestürzt.
Aufführungs-Termine:
15. April 2012 Kulturhaus Leverkusen
17. – 21. April 2012 Theater Rampe Stuttgart
23. April 2012 Soroptimist International Club Eferding
24. April 2012 Buchpräsentation "meeting nairobi" Rote Bar / Volkstheater Wien
25. – 26. April 2012 Carinthische Musikakademie in Ossiach (CMA)
28. April 2012 Kaisersaal in St. Johann i. T.
1. – 5. Mai 2012 Theater an der Gumpendorferstraße in Wien (TAG)
7. – 8. Mai 2012 Orpheum Graz
24. April 2012 Buchpräsentation "meeting nairobi" Rote Bar / Volkstheater Wien

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Ausschnitt aus dem Stück
„The Dream of getting as Job“

Myk ist alleine auf der leeren Bühne.
Eine seltsame Gestalt erscheint.

Scene 18

Myk

God?

God

You called me.

Myk

Yes.

God

Yes?

Myk

I am at my wit's end.

God

That's bad news.

Myk

Yes?

God

If one loses one's sense of direction during the journey. How would you feel if the path led to the wilderness?

Myk

What do you mean?

God

You do have a goal don't you?

Myk

Yes.

God

What is it?

Myk

I – don't know any more.

God

Any more?

Myk

No.

God

So you used to know?

Myk

Yes.

God

What was it?

Myk

I wanted to get a job at the bank.

God

Why?

Myk

Because I wanted to haul myself out of the shit; earn money, rent a flat but not a slum dwelling, have children, be able to survive.

God

Isn't that rather a lot at once?

Myk

How come, all these things belong together!

God

Having children does not match with hauling oneself out of the shit. Being able to survive does not match with renting a flat and so on.

Myk

What?

God

You can have children when you are in the shit. You can survive without having a flat. You can earn money and not have children and so on.

Myk

Hang on a minute.

God

Yes?

Myk

It's about my goal.

God

Quite right! Not about your goals.

Myk

So just one goal?

God

That would be a good start. If you come to a roundabout you wouldn't choose two or three roads.

Myk

So, one goal.

God

Yes.

Myk

Just one?

God

Yes.

Myk

Out of the shit.

God

So go on.

Myk

What? Where to?

God

Out of the shit!

Myk

But I haven't got any money! How can I go anywhere?

God

That means that you need money?

Myk

Yes, of course. Otherwise I can't escape. That is clear.

God

If everything is clear, how come you are at your wit's end?

Myk

Because I don't know how to get any money?

God

I thought your goal was to get out of the shit.

Myk

But with money.

God

One goal!

Myk

You think –

God

I don't think anything.

Myk

So my goal is: I want to earn money?

God

Are you asking me or asking yourself?

Myk

Perhaps you are right.

God

It is not a matter of whether I am right. It is a matter of whether you are right. You must be able to say what your goal is. Otherwise you will never have any clarity. With many goals you only achieve, you don't need to say, what you really want. And if you can't say what you really want to yourself, how do you propose to achieve it?

Myk

But now I have lots of goals.

God

That may be the case. But not at the same time. You are at a crossroads. And you need to decide which road to follow. Sooner or later you will encounter the next crossroads. Then you will have to take another decision and so on.

Myk

And how do I know when I am at the next crossroads?

God

As soon as you have achieved your goal or not. Then you need to make a new decision. Life is actually very simple: A question, an answer, carry it out, next question, another answer, carry it out and so on …

Myk

And what if it doesn't work?

God

That is not your decision. If it doesn't work then there is another question to be asked, there is an answer once again and you carry it out. Resolve question, sort out answer, carry it out, observe result, find next question sort out answer and so on. You might want to achieve the result but you can't influence the success. That is not within your power! – Just the question the answer and the effort.

Myk

Just the question, the answer and the effort?

God

Yes. That's life.

Myk

That's not very much is it?

God

That is a great deal and usually more than you can achieve. As you can see, people can fall at the first hurdle: the question.

Myk

But the question is clear.

God

What was it?

Myk

What do I want?

God

The question is just as daft as the question: what am I? – Answer: a person. – But what kind of person? That's where it gets complicated. So: I didn't mean to ask a stupid general question which can never be answered or can be continually answered with any old thing but: a concrete question.

Myk

I don't understand.

God

Back to the crossroads: the question is not where am I going to but: which road am I taking. – Is that clear?

Myk

I think so.

God

So: You are living in the shit and you have no money. And you don't want to carry on living like this. So far you have been travelling on the "shit life" road and now you have come to a crossroads. Question?

Myk

What do I have to do to leave the shit life behind?

God

Quite right! – Possible answers?

Myk

Earn money …

God

What else?

Myk

What do you mean what else?

God

Well there are also other answers:

Myk

Such as …?

God

I don't think you have often come to a crossroads in your life have you? Am I right?

Myk

You might well be.

God

So these are other answers: Stealing; becoming a refugee; printing money; speculating; offering yourself to rich ladies; –

Myk

What …?!

God

I am only making suggestions. You have to give the right answer for yourself.

Myk

Okay.  For me it's earning money.

God

So, get on with it.

Myk

But how? – That is the question isn't it?

God

Aha.

Myk

What you mean – aha!

God

After a long conversation we have now come to the decisive question: how do I want to earn my money. It took a while but we succeeded.

Myk

That's true. It took a while.

God

It is best to earn money with what you have learned. What have you learned?

Myk

I completed primary school and secondary school with an emphasis on finance.

God

That's wonderful. You can get a job doing that.

Myk

But I have got a job!

God

So what's the problem? Don't you earn enough, are your colleagues stupid, can't you –

Myk

No. I just don't know whether it is right to swindle people just to earn money.

God

What do you mean swindle? I thought it was a job?

Myk

It is a job.

God

So there you are –

Myk

I have to sell accounts to people who can't afford them.

God

Then you shouldn't sell the accounts.

Myk

But I have to talk them into opening the accounts. Otherwise I don't sell them and I don't earn anything.

God

That means you have to lie?

Myk

No. But I do have to look for people who can't count very well which means that they don't know exactly what credit interest and debit interest are and they don't understand how much money they need to have in their account to make the credit interest higher than the monthly charges.

God

Do you understand all that?

Myk

Yes, of course.

God

Then everyone else can understand it as well.

Myk

No, not everyone can.

God

Why not?

Myk

Because you need a good education if you want to understand it.

God

Like you?

Myk

Yes.

God

So there you are. You come from the slums, you left school and you know what's what. If you can do it then everyone can. And if people can't they could just say they don't understand it and ask to be left alone.

Myk

But lots of people don't say that because they don't notice that they don't understand. I explain it to them in such a way that they think they understand.

God

Then you are good.

Myk

Yes?

God

A businessman makes his living by selling things people want at a higher price than he originally bought them. That's the way it is. The greater the profit, the better the businessman. It is not the businessman's concern whether the customer really wanted the thing he bought.

Myk

But lots of people will lose the little they own.

God

That's a pity but it's not your fault or your problem. You can‘t think for both. In a deal there is always one winner. You, or the other person. If you don't sell any accounts you won't make any money. If you sell lots of accounts you will make lots of money. Your goal is: To earn money. So –

Myk

Yes, that's right but my conscience tells me –

God

Your what?!

Myk

My conscience.

God

What does your conscience have to do with your job? You are a businessman, not a church minister. Do your job well. That is your task. And if you want you can donate some money to poor people later on once you have earned enough. That's what many people do.

Myk

God my father, you are definitely sure, that this is the right way, that this will be the right decision?

God

If you are sure, then I am sure too. But remember, believe in me, but don’t trust anybody.

When he leaves, we can clearly see his cloven hoofs and his devilish tail.

 

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