The Autorentheatertage, which was planned for the period from 6-20 June 2020, and the international opening weekend Radar Ost, will take place this year under different auspices. All theatres will remain closed until summer. Radar Ost will, therefore, take place as a digital festival, and the Autorentheatertage will be turned into the Autoren(theater)tage, a year-long project where the focus will be shifted from theatre to playwriting. The competition in autumn 2019 and the selection of the three winning pieces will be followed by (short) piece commissions and three world premieres in autumn 2020.
To this end, the festival will for the first time award play commissions to all playwrights whose premieres would have taken place as guest performances in June. We are looking for short plays and compact forms: literary "seedlings" to plant in the theatre "desert". These commissions are intended to bridge the period of theatre closure and make it a productive time – in the knowledge that theatres will soon be facing an important task. After contact restrictions ease, everyone will have to relearn how not to be wary of others. There is a demand for theatre, plays and events to take up this theme. Theatre directed by playwrights takes time; thinking requires space and texts need room. And now we have all of these prerequisites. The Autorentheatertage does not want to let a festival year idly pass by.
The Deutsches Theater Berlin will celebrate a major Autor_innenwochenende (playwright’s weekend) in autumn 2020. We will present all the new texts as readings or workshop stagings. On the same weekend, the three winning plays selected by the jury of Dea Loher, Nina Hoss and David Tushingham will be premiered in a (postponed) Langen Nacht der Autor_innen (Long Night of the Playwrights): the Schauspiel Leizig will produce beach house by Dorian Brunz, the Schauspielhaus Graz will stage Maria Ursprung’s Schleifpunkt (Friction Point) and the Deutsches Theater Berlin, Rosa von Praunheim’s play Hitlers Ziege und die Hämorrhoiden des Königs (Hitler’s Goat and the King’s Haemorrhoids). The newly created short plays also appear in book form: as a companion through the coming season, as a literary recipe book for a theatre after the crisis.
For the German-language guest performance program of the Autorentheatertage 2020
the following were inquired:
- Felicia Zeller, The Treasury (Der Fiskus), State Theatre Braunschweig
- Nele Stuhler and Falk Rößler, What you want: The film (Was ihr wollt: Der Film), Schauspielhaus Vienna and Gruppe Fux Berlin
- Kevin Rittberger and Nora Khuon, The Männy. A Human Animal Knot (The Männy. Eine Menschtierverknotung), Staatstheater Hannover
- Ewald Palmetshofer, The Lost Ones (Die Verlorenen), Residence Theatre Munich
- Bonn Park, The Germany (Das Deutschland), Theater Bamber
- Milena Michalek & Ensemble, Difficult subject (Schwieriges Thema), Kosmos Theatre Vienna
- Wolfram Lotz, Fuzz (Fusseln), Theater der Keller Cologne
- Elfriede Jelinek, Schwarzwasser, Burgtheater Vienna
- Martina Clavadetscher, Mrs Ada thinks unprecedented (Frau Ada denkt Unerhörtes), Schauspiel Leipzig
- Sibylle Berg, In the Gardens or Lysistrata Part 2 (In den Gärten oder Lysistrata Teil 2), Theater Basel
- Doğan Akhanlı, Arrest in Granada (Verhaftung in Granada), Schauspiel Cologne
- Miroslava Svolikova, This wall sums itself up and the star has spoken, the star has also said something (Diese Mauer fasst sich selbst zusammen und der Stern hat gesprochen, der Stern hat auch was gesagt), Landestheater Marburg (as the winner of the re-enactment prize at the Heidelberg Stückemarkt).
Autumn 2020 Autoren(theater)tage
19 - 21 June 2020 International Kick-Off Digital Radar Ost