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INTERVIEW! Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is making waves in the USA. The 34-year-old playwright already has an Obie Award under his belt and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. This year he's a jury member for TT's Stückemarkt. Read more

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How She She Pop’s Oratorium brilliantly turns the theatre into a space for pressing public discourse. Read more

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INTERVIEW! She She Pop’s Mieke Matzke on the flaws of democracy, the role of culture and the collective’s second production at Theatertreffen, Oratorium. Read more

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Saturday’s Stückemarkt opening piece Pussy Sludge by American playwright Gracie Gardner is a potential set text for new wave feminism, our author argues. Read more

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Simon Stone’s Theatertreffen opening production of Hotel Strindberg has left our author with one burning question: How on earth could this happen? Read more

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The most prestigious festival for German-language theater sees a freie Szene breakthrough, expensive stage design and diversity issues. Catch the fest May 3-17. Read more

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Take a spring trip – in Berlin! We've rounded up some of the best local getaways including a riviera walk, island hopping, time travel, kitsch excursions, intercultural wedding crashing and much more! Out now! Read more

Our stage editor Nicholas Potter heads up the English-language Theatertreffen Blog this year, covering the fest (May 3-19) throughout. But before it starts, he's got something to say. Read more

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These productions will head to the Berliner Festspiele in May: The jury has convened and the invitations are out – the seven-headed panel has announced the 10 most important theatre productions in the German-speaking world. Read more

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Half a million for five performances! Theatertreffen 2018 was a year of big-budget, splash-out productions. Is it worth it? Overwhelmed and queasy, critic Lily reflects on the 'pricelessness' of art and whether it was all worth the money. Read more

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Germany's biggest theatre fest kicks off May 4 (through May 21) and the Berliner Festspiele continues its march to a more diverse Theatertreffen. Here are three productions that don't have a white male behind them. Read more

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Theatertreffen Blog: An annotated playlist

For the festival’s closure, Lily Kelting comes up with 10 reflections on the musical side of this year’s Theatertreffen. Spotify playlist included! Read more

May 22, 2017 2:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

INTERVIEW: Native Berliner Ersan Mondtag returns to Theatertreffen with the post-apocalyptic "Die Vernichtung" (The Extermination). Catch it May 20 and 21 (with English surtitles) at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Read more

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Theatertreffen Blog: Free hugs in a one-room democracy

Can free hugs make a better world? Probably not. But they do feel good. Berlin’s Social Muscle Club invited guests from their now-global network to host a give-and-take performance as part of the new "Shifting Perspectives" platform. Read more

May 17, 2017 1:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

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"Three Sisters". Photo by Sandra Then

Theatertreffen Blog: First world problems

Welcome to the 2017 Theatertreffen Blog! Our stage editor, Lily Kelting, looks back at the opening weekend’s productions – and discovers two bold, but utterly different artistic positions about the state of things. Read more

May 10, 2017 2:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Larger-than-life sets, nudity and chicken suits: Get ready for Theatertreffen, your annual cheat sheet to what’s hot in German theatre – May 6-21. Read more

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Theatertreffen Blog: In a TRANS-

Lily Kelting concludes her Theatertreffen Blog contribution with a look at the Stückemarkt's "TRANS-" and a rumination on the power of language. Read more

May 30, 2016 12:30 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: The ethics of open questions

For a close, Lily Kelting delivers a think-piece on one of Theatertreffen's most derided plays: Ersan Mondtag's "Tyrannis". And she actually didn't hate it. Read more

May 23, 2016 4:30 PM The Theatertreffen Blog 2 Comments

Theatertreffen Blog: Many untold stories

Who are some of the most fascinating people at this year's Theatertreffen? Our stage editor found one of them. Lily Kelting talks with actor Yousef Sweid about living and working as an Israeli-Palestinian actor in the Hauptstadt. Read more

May 17, 2016 11:00 AM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: On arriving

Lily Kelting is up and running (or up and sitting) at Theatertreffen at this point, checking out the best German theatre has to offer. Her first forays? Two plays dealing with "Migrationshintergrund"... Read more

May 9, 2016 3:20 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

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