A Word from Heiner Müller

"One could say that the basis of theater and therefore also of drama is change, and the ultimate change is death. The only thing you can get an audience to agree about, the only thing they can agree about, is the fear of death they all share. And the effect of the theater depends on this single instance of communality. In other words, theater is based on symbolic death."

Heiner Müller in conversation with Alexander Kluge,
in Kalkfeld, ed. Frank Hörnigk et al. (Berlin: Theater der Zeit, 1996), 138.