Astaroth

SONY DSCOnce upon a time there was a devil. His name is Astaroth. He lived underground in a dark, smoky corner of hell working hard every day to receive and to judge the damned souls of mortals who just dies on the earth above. His judgement was the law for the dead: “Go to the bottom of hell!” “Burn there for eternity!” Thousands, millions of souls every day, year after year, century after century, form the beginning till the end of times. Lately Astaroth had to deal with a corrupt man, with an intellectual-chic girl and with a fame-craving poet chanting his verses to the political elite financing him. He had even to judge a poor truck driver dead in a huge road accident and sent to him in hell by mistake. That was too much! Enough! Astaroth had enough of it! He got diabolically angry, his rage and fury exploded and he went on strike. He didn’t want to judge anybody anymore, he didn’t feel like deciding for a soul’s eternal destiny anymore. Justice and judgements are connected to “the absolute contingency of meaning” and this was enough for Astaroth to rethink his role of judge, his role of being. And now it comes: Astaroth decided to put an end to his career as a devil. He just wanted to be a special kind of being: a Human Being. And like a human being he wanted to sit quietly  in the countryside and to enjoy being a man. And there we can still find him, in summer, at dusk, listening to the crickets…

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You can find the tale of Astaroth in the homonymous theatre play of the Italian writer Stefano Benni. A group of actors performed this play in Amsterdam several years ago. From Astaroth comes AstaroTheatro, still with the same central idea: to privilege “to be Human” and to think and rethink ourselves, to interrogate ourselves and the word.

AstaroTheatro has a critical disposition: “ How do you examine yourself, what happens when you begin to call into question your tacit assumptions and unarticulated presuppositions and begin then to become a different kind of person?”

AstaroTheatro is and want to be a independent, non-maistream open platform for theatre, arts, movies, cultures, events, discussions, activism. A place where to meet for real and to share. Theatre & Activism > Omnia Sunt Communia

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