Close interaction between playwrights and theatres is an inherent part of contemporary theatre work. At the same time, this relationship is subject to constant change. Every year, the festival Autorentheatertage offers these shifts a platform and actively shapes them: with the Stückewettbewerb (Playwriting Competition) and the premiere marathon on the Lange Nacht der Autor_innen (Long Night of Playwrights), with up to ten guest performances from all German-speaking countries and the international opening Radar Ost. In playwriting salons, reading events, introductions, post or pre-show table discussions, playwrights have their say and get into conversation with the audience and participating theatre-makers. For almost two weeks at the DT, everyday business is turned on its head.
LANGE NACHT DER AUTOR_INNEN
(LONG NIGHT OF THE PLAYWRIGHTS)
Competitions and World Premieres
The best and most sustainable support that can be offered to playwrights is to stage their texts. For the Autorentheatertage 2020 the Deutsches Theater Berlin is looking for new German-language theatre texts. From all submitted plays, a theatre-independent jury of experts will select three texts which will be premiered on 20 June 2020 on the stages of the Deutsches Theater as part of the Lange Nacht der Autor_innen (Long Night of the Playwrights). The three award-winning playwrights will each receive a one-off premiere fee of 10,000 euros.
In December, the jury of the competition – Dea Loher, Nina Hoss, David Tushingham – selected the three winning texts from 171 submissions. In 2020, the jury will be led by Dea Loher, one of the world’s most frequently staged playwrights of her generation. She will be supported by the theatre and film actress Nina Hoss and the English dramaturg and translator David Tushingham. In addition to the Schauspielhaus Graz, which is now participating for the second time, Schauspiel Leipzig will be the new partner theatre of the Autorentheatertage 2020.
The prize-winning plays are:- Dorian Brunz, beach house- Rosa von Praunheim, Hitlers Ziege und die Hämorrhoiden des Königs (Hitler's Goat and the King’s Haemorrhoids)- Maria Ursprung, Schleifpunkt (Friction Point)Schauspielhaus Graz
will stage Maria Ursprungs’s play, Schauspiel Leipzig
the play by Dorian Brunz and the Deutsches Theater Berlin the play by Rosa von Praunheim, which will be premiered during the Autorentheatertage
festival on 20 June 2020
during the Lange Nacht der Autor_innen (Long Night of the Playwrights)
. The prizewinners will each receive a premiere fee of 10,000 euros.
What the jury says about the three plays:Dorian Brunz, beach house
The twins Ronny and Taylor think they’ve hit the jackpot at the fun fair when they win a stay at the beach house in Florida. They want to go there with their mother, who suffers from chronic rheumatism, and then ideally stay forever. Happiness seems within their grasp until they find out the conditions attached to the prize. In order not to have to give up life in the sun, the two of them get involved in some shady dealings. A dirty, tough and charming story about dreams and duplicitous reality. Rosa von Praunheim, Hitlers Ziege und die Hämorrhoiden des Königs (Hitler's Goat and the King’s Haemorrhoids)
Two actors meet – and take the current political situation as an opportunity for a wild ride through German history, right through to a fictitious encounter between Hitler and Friedrich II, in which the most intimate questions are brought to the table. Sharp-tongued and wicked, lurid and funny. Political farce at its best.Maria Ursprung, Schleifpunkt (Friction Point)
Of all people it is Renate, a self-controlled driving instructor, who has an accident – what's more when her daughter is with her. But instead of informing the police or a doctor, mother and daughter take the injured woman from the other car home with them. Then, however, the woman begins to take an interest in the lives of her two hosts and stays longer than expected. A psychologically subtle story: an almost everyday tale or a thriller?
International kick-off to the Autorentheatertage
In the 2019/20 season, the Autorentheatertage will once again kick off on an international note. For the third time in a row, we will be presenting outstanding contemporary plays and well-known directors from Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as about ten further world premieres as guest performances and for the first time in Berlin. The festival programme and the complete list of all invited playwrights and theatres will be announced in April 2020. Radar Ost will take place from 6 to 8 June 2020, the Autorentheatertage from 10 to 20 June 2020.