Contemporary German-language drama plays an integral part in the DT’s repertoire, which regularly includes works by dramatists such as Dea Loher, Elfriede Jelinek, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Sibylle Berg, Philipp Löhle, Oliver Kluck, Dirk Laucke and Oliver Bukowski. And every year the DT’s theatre season culminates with its playwrights’ festival, the Autorentheatertage. At its heart is the desire to create theatre for our times, producing works of extraordinary intensity and passion. Each year the festival proves anew that contemporary drama is not heavy, ponderous or dull, but a vital, wild and furious business – sometimes magical and often disturbing. Berlin’s Autorentheatertage gives spectators the chance to see some of the most exciting productions being mounted today. But the festival is also the place to discover brand new plays, selected in a process that’s radically subjective. They aren’t picked by a committee, but rather by a single juror. Each year a different juror chooses the theme and selects their favourites from the works submitted. These plays are then workshopped by the Deutsches Theater ensemble and presented during the festival’s Long Night of Writers. Here new scripts, actors and directors come together for the first time.
June 4-15, 2013