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10 new European plays for the 2009 Stückemarkt!

303 new plays from all over Europe were entered for the 2009 Stückemarkt with its theme “Working on Society”. The jury of five established writers and theatremakers – Beret Evensen, Christian Kracht, Iris Laufenberg, Roland Schimmelpfennig and Roger Vontobel – has now made its selection: choosing seven plays written in German plus one play each from Finland, France and Italy.

The following five authors will present their texts during the Theatertreffen in the form of staged readings at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele:
Markus Bauer, Konstanz: “standing water”
Oliver Kluck, Berlin: “The Meese Principle”
Pierre Notte, Paris: “Deux petites dames vers le Nord – Two little ladies head north” (German translation by Dorothea Renckhoff and Fedora Wesseler)
Sofi Oksanen, Helsinki: “Puhdistus – Purge” (working title, German translation by Angela Plöger)
Nis-Momme Stockmann, Berlin: “The Man Who Ate The World”

Markus Bauer uses flash-forward and flash-back in “standing water” to describe the break up of a perfectly “normal” family. Oliver Kluck’s “The Meese Principle” explodes classical theatrical form with rhythmic blocks of text and provides a subtle critique of the media. Pierre Notte sends the two old ladies of “Deux petites dames vers le Nord” on an absurd and comic but also moving road trip through France. “Purgatory” (working title) by Sofi Oksanen uses one woman’s individual biography as a basis for telling Estonian-Finnish-Russian history. Nis-Momme Stockmann’s “Man Who Ate The World” fails as a father, a friend and a son: capitalist society consumes him.

A further five writers were nominated by the jury to take part in a playwriting workshop led by John von Düffel:
Nina Büttner, Berlin: “Self-activating”
Davide Carnevali, Berlin/Barcelona/Milan: “Variazioni sul modello di Kraepelin – Variations on the Kraepelin model” (German translation by Sabine Heymann)
Ursula Knoll, Vienna: “the path to happiness”
Stephan Lack, Vienna: “Pelican Island”
Charlotte Roos, Hanover: “Hens.Hawks”

Once again in 2009 two prizes will be awarded, both funded by the Federal Centre for Political Education: the tt stückemarkt New Playwriting Prize consists of 5,000 Euro plus a world premiere at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. The tt stückemarkt commission is worth 7,000 Euro plus a planned world premiere at the Schauspiel Stuttgart (Stuttgart State Theatre). New since 2008: Deutschlandradio Kultur chooses a play of the 10 participants in order to adapt it as a radio play.

Yvonne Budenholzer
Stückemarkt Director
March 2009

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