short short short story by Michael McCanne

An Annotated History of the Glasnost Cabaret

The Glasnost Cabaret had it its first and only showing in the autumn of 1986, performed on a secondary stage of a no-name theater in the periphery of East Berlin. The young and beautiful actors stripped naked. A child, dressed as Stalin and riding a man in a Honecker[1] mask, chased them with a horsewhip around a sparsely decorated stage. One reviewer wrote that it was “as if the Marquis de Sade had been reincarnated into the body of socialism.” In the days that followed, the reviewer was also arrested.

[1] Erich Honecker, Chairman of the Council of State 1971-1989 – German Democratic Republic


Michael McCanne is an editor at Lightful Press and a book artist who lives on the periphery of the European Economic Zone.


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