The festival will feature three world premieres of new German drama, eight guest performances from the German-speaking world, an international programme and diverse supporting events. Another highlight is the Long Night of New German Drama on 22 and 23 June.
The world premieres are being staged by the Deutsches Theater, the Burgtheater Wien and the Schauspielhaus Zürich. The Zurich production presents Simone Kucher’s play «A Version of History», directed by Marco Milling, to be seen on 21 to 23 June. In it, a mysterious tape recording compels a young violinist to journey into a past that has been hushed up by fathers and mothers. Truth and lies, repression and memory interweave with the fate of an Armenian family and historical events of the last century.
Among the guest performances is Theater Neumarkt’s production of «Die Hauptstadt», a dramatisation of Robert Menasse’s novel of the same name, directed by Tom Kühnel. It is performed during the festival on 15 /16 June and in Zürich on 8 June. Menasse was awarded the German Book Prize for this work, a dedication to Brussels, the «Hauptstadt» («capital») of Europe, and its inhabitants: its experts, expats, inspectors, murderers, careerists and private citizens.
Other productions that have been selected include «Children of Tomorrow» by the German-Swiss duo Tina Müller/Corinne Maier, produced at the Volkstheater Munich. It can be seen in Berlin on 17 June and in Munich on 10 July.
The full festival programme can be found on the website of Deutsches Theater Berlin.