George Washington Carver Museum presents The Double Bass
The Double Bass was written 1980 in Munich, Germany, by Patrick Suskind. This well-known German play especially became a sensation after it received the Schlegel-Tieck Prize in 1988. Now a part of the Bloosmbury Classics series, it has been translated into 28 different languages.
The Double Bass player’s tale begins in a small apartment, where a lonesome double bassist in his mid-30s drinks beer and chatters on about his instrument’s importance to the orchestra. He begins by telling short stories about the double bass’s history and plays it with pride. Slowly and steadily, however, he begins to realize that his instrument has always taken the spotlight in his life. As his speech shifts, he begins to find fault in his instrument, and laments at how it is taken the spotlight most of his life. Laden with comic relief and parallels, this play is a lighthearted, but introspective look into the life of a man who has felt undervalued, lonely, and has experienced unrequited love.