Sensitive inquiry into what it means to be an outsider
This article is from 2008.
From the United States comes Dirt, a contemplative monologue that addresses racism. Originally written in German, Dirt tells the story of a 30-year-old Iraqi man who is grateful to live (albeit illegally) in an English-speaking city. Selling roses on the street, he struggles with his love for the English language and his resentment towards the men who buy his flowers but don’t show him respect.
Austrian-American actor Christopher Domig brings depth and intensity to the character of Sad, who hides the fact that his full name is Saddam. In a 70-minute monologue, Domig deconstructs Sad’s self-image – he is careful of what he says and does, he believes park benches are not for immigrants like him, and he wishes others would listen to his story.
With sold out shows and glowing reviews for Domig’s performance across the pond, Dirt is sure to leave a mark. Domig’s ultimate wish, however, is that audiences walk away thinking about Sad. ‘His story is not black and white, it’s complex,’ he insists. ‘I hope people will think about their own prejudices towards others and recognise that we all, at one time or another, have been “the outsider”.’
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