are constantly evolving. After commissioning ten short new plays for the first time in the festival’s history last year, some of which have now premiered while others continue to develop, the festival is once again breaking new ground this season. These months following the shutdown of theatres will be a time of particularly intense collaboration: we are planning two festival editions within one season, as well as many writer salons and a new residency programme in which we will be welcoming new writers-in-residence from September onwards.The 2021 Autor:innentheatertage
The 2021 Autor:innentheatertage
are taking place from 2 to 5 September. Over this long weekend, we will be putting on the three winning plays awarded by Lukas Bärfuss, Fritzi Haberlandt and Schorsch Kamerun in three world premieres plus a staged reading.World Premieres:Sarah Kilter
, White PassingAmanda Lasker-Berlin, Ich, Wunderwerk und How Much I love Disturbing ContentChris Michalski, When There’s Nothing Left To Burn You Have To Set Yourself On FireStaged Reading:Patty Kim Hamilton
, Peeling Oranges
Schauspiel Leipzig will produce the world premiere of Sarah Kilter’s play, the Schauspielhaus Graz has taken on Amanda Lasker-Berlin’s production and Chris Michalski’s play will be shown on the Deutsches Theater’s Hofbühne. Patty Kim Hamilton’s text received a special mention in the competition and will be presented to the festival audience in a reading during the 2021 Autor:innentheatertage
. This edition of the competition received more submissions than ever before, from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg, among others.
Alongside the performances, we will be celebrating our festival of playwrights and the beginning of the new theatre season in a Long Night of Readings as well as in discussions and meetings.
About the Autorentheatertage
Close interaction between playwrights and theatres is an integral part of contemporary theatre work. At the same time, this relationship is subject to constant change. Theatres find themselves in the middle of socio-political discussions and respond in their repertoires, choice of material and styles not only to plays but to public discourses as a whole. Directors are also caught in this area of conflicting priorities and tend to define themselves less and less as mere attendants of theatre plays. Also, the parameters of authorship themselves change. Directors write and playwrights direct, while ensembles and groups develop contemporary theatre, often from the centre of the theatre itself.
The Autorentheatertage festival offers these movements an annual platform, actively shapes them and combines the trends of contemporary theatre writing in a series of ten guest performances. It features the Stückewettbewerb (Playwrighting Competition) and the premiere marathon in the Langen Nacht der Autor_innen (Long Night of the Playwrights), with up to ten guest performances from all over the German-speaking world as well as the international curtain-raiser Radar Ost. In playwrights’ salons, reading parcours, introductions, post or pre-show table talks, the playwrights have their say and enter into conversation with the audience and participating theatre-makers.
from 2 to 5 September 2021
The international Radar Ost festival will take place from 7 to 10 October 2021
3–5 September 2021
Deutsches Theater Berlin