Thomas McEvilley has singled out Uncle Tom’s Cabin as the only work
of art that has truly changed the world. This novel was published in the
mid-19th century and brought the knowledge into American homes that
slavery is atrocious and that Negros have feelings. It is thought that
the Civil War that broke out, as a result of which slavery was
abolished, fed off just this knowledge to a great extent.
McEvilley is nevertheless mistaken. This novel could indeed have caused the Civil War, as the President of the USA said when he met the author of the book – a little old lady. But this did not change the world, because the world did not change. Slavery still exists. Nobody gives a damn about the feelings of Negros. The only change is that Negros are no longer only people with dark skin. Look at the palms of your hands. See anything familiar?
Uncle Tom was not Spartacus. He was not even Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the lyric poet of liberty and bard of the ghettos. He was a simple man with simple wishes and few dreams. Petit bourgeois? No, a slave.
The directors of the production are Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper.
Cast: Andres Mähar, Rasmus Kaljujärv, Eva Klemets, Sergo Vares, Inga Salurand, Marika Vaarik, Mirtel Pohla, Risto Kübar.
Premiere on 8 August 2009 at NO99 Theatre.
November | Kortárs Drámafesztivál Budapest (Budapest, Hungary)