“Kane and Habil at the Pizza Parlor” is a comedy. A comedy
where we laugh often and easily, as we must laugh at ourselves time to time and
self-reflect so we can evolve. This may
appear serious, but objects, and ourselves too, are easily distorted in the
rear mirror, especially when the mirror is a text.
While Adam and Eve were “made” by an invisible hand, Kane
and Habil were the first born human beings, and guess what? Kane killed his brother Habil. Right there, at the very foundation of
humanity, our ancestor commits a fratricide crime. This crime has since rolled over,
gigantically magnified under the form of ideological, political, ethnic, racial
or gender genocides. We are still mimicking the first narrative. We are still
under the code of “The Legacy of Kane”.
The arts are contaminated by images perpetuating “The Legacy
of Kane”. Its most representative speaker, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, passionately studied the six major attributes
of “The Legacy of Kane”, "Love", "Property",
"State", "War", "Work", and "Death"
through a series of novels that includes “ Venus in fur” circa 1870.
The celebrated Living Theatre endorsed in 1970, for a
decade, the exploration of the themes of “The Legacy of Kane” and staged “The
Money Tower” , ”Seven Meditations on Political Sado-Masochism” and “Turning the Earth” a series of plays
that denounced all forms of violence and provoked the audience to look for solutions.
I had the privilege
to perform in these plays during the Living Theatre tour in Italy, and to
experience firsthand the power of the theater at the service of collective and
individual alchemical transformation.
Today, I can see that
the omnipresence of “The Legacy of Kane” in our environment has reached a
saturation level that will ineluctably lead to a collective suicide or to world
In order to survive, humanity needs to change its models and
to enter “The Legacy of Habil”, where we take charge and free ourselves from
oppressive myths by developing new stories presenting personal/collective
compassion and forgiveness via non-violent ways of being.
My intention is to deconstruct the original story of Kane
and to reconstruct it in a narrative that allows a different outcome. “Kane and
Habil at the Pizza Parlor” aims at freeing humanity from guilt and aggression
and enabling it instead to love. It seeks
to replace the Cycle of Kane - Hatred, Judgment and Separation - with the
“Cycle of Habil” - Compassion, Forgiveness and Oneness. It is a bold attempt.
“Kane and Habil at
the Pizza Parlor” stages “The Legacy of Kane” against “The Legacy of Habil”. Compassion and Forgiveness replace Jealousy
and Greed. The play presents a new model that could transform the world’s first
drama into a world of peace.
“Kane & Habil” explores with humor and vision “The
Original Family Sins” that are still impacting our civilization.