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NEAT survivor type

NEAT — New English American Theatre

Survivor Type

by Stephen King

Friday, October 30 at 20:00 hrs in THEATER AM OLGAECK

SURVIVOR TYPE by Stephen King is a gruesome and unsettling story. It is written as the diary of a disgraced surgeon, Richard Pine (real name Richard Pinzetti), who, while attempting to smuggle a large amount of heroin on a cruise ship, on a round trip from the USA to Thailand and back, finds himself marooned on a tiny island in the Pacific with very limited supplies and no food.
A self-proclaimed „survivor“ type, his diary entries documenting his day-to-day activities become more and more disjointed and raving, revealing his slow mental decay and eventual insanity caused by starvation, isolation, and drug use.
Determined to hold out for rescue, he goes to horrifying lengths to survive. After breaking his ankle while attempting to draw attention to himself when he sees a plane passing by, he amputates his foot, and then realizes he has to eat it to survive. He continues to amputate his own limbs to use as a food source, ingesting the heroin as a crude anesthetic during the operations.
Although he initially keeps track of the dates (the entries begin January 26), his increasing mental instability causes him to lose perception of days passed. His last few diary entries, barely comprehensible, indicate that he has cut off and eaten everything below his waist, as well as his ears, and drools uncontrollably as he ponders which body part to consume next. The diary entries end when he cuts off his left hand to eat („lady fingers they taste just like lady fingers“).
The ending implies Richard would later be found dead, probably the result of self-cannibalism, since the diary was apparently found and read, and Richard mentioned he would have destroyed it right before being rescued.

Karten (Abendkasse): 10 EUR / ermäßigt 8 EUR, Vorverkauf: