Lukas Bärfuss

Lukas Bärfuss
© Sebastian Hoppe
Born on 30.12.1971 at Thun near Berne in Switzerland where he also grew up. After completing schooling he worked in various jobs including bookseller. Since 1997 he has been a freelance dramatist and writer of prose as well as producing theatre in Zürich. He founded the 400asa Theatre Group together with Samuel Schwarz.

Prizes and Awards:

  • 1998 Grant from the Lydia Eymann Foundation, Langenthal
  • 2000 ZKB Prize (Zürich) for "Medeää. 214 Bildbeschreibungen"
  • 2001 Thun Cultural Prize
  • 2002 City of Zürich Cultural Award
  • 2002 City of Berne Literary Award
  • 2003 Berne Canton Book Prize
  • 2003 Presentation of the Basel production of "Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern" ("Our Parents' Sexual Neuroses") at the Mülheim Theatre Days
  • "Theater heute" Critics Prize for New Dramatists 2003
  • Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis 2005 for "Der Bus" ("The Bus")

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Lukas Bärfuss in the Theatre Library


    Die Probe (The Test)

    It is claimed that almost 40,000 of the children born in Germany every year are not actually genetically related to their supposed fathers. A figure that has presumably changed little over the decades. It is merely the possibility of biological certainty that, thanks to genetic testing, has almost become a consumer good. But something that provides questionable entertainment over and over again in the media can prove highly poisonous in the private lives of ordinary people.More ...

    The Bus (The Makings of a Saint)

    The bus driver Hermann stops by the side of the road in the middle of a forest and takes a young woman travelling without a ticket to task. She says her name is Erika and claims to be a pilgrim who has accidentally got on the wrong bus on her way to Czestochowa, the most important holy site in Poland.More ...

    Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern ("The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents")

    As a young girl Dora lived for years in a state of psychological semi-sleep under the influence of tranquillizers prescribed by her doctor and parents. These were intended to preserve Dora and those around her from the "otherness" which mainly received expression in wild and unontrollable erruptions of emotion, and to make a "normal" life possible for her. She can now even go out to work as an assistant in a greengrocer's shop where she was generously taken on by the boss.More ...

    List of works – Selection


    • "Malaga"
      UA Schauspielhaus Zürich, 2010
      DEA Nationaltheater Mannheim, 2011
    • "Öl" (i.e. "Oil")
      UA Deutsches Theater, Berlin, 2009
    • "Amygdala"
      UA Thalia Theater, Hamburg, 2009
    • "Die Probe" (i.e., "The Proof")
      UA Kammerspiel München, 2007
      Invitation to the Mülheimer Theatertage 2007
    • "Alices Reise in die Schweiz" (i.e."Alice's Journey to Switzerland")
      premiered at the Theater Basel, 2005
    • "Der Bus" (i.e."The Bus"), premiered at the Thalia Theater, Hamburg, 2005
    • "Heinrich IV" (Berarbeitung und Übersetzung)(i.e."Henry IV (adaptation and translation))
      premiered at the Bochum Schauspielhaus, 2004
    • "Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern" ("The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents") - commissioned by the Theater Basel
      World premiere at the Theater Basel, 2003
      German premiere at the Thalia Theater, Hamburg, and the Stuttgart Staatstheater, 2003
    • "Vier Bilder der Liebe" ("Four Scenes of Love" - commissioned by the Bochum Schauspielhaus)
      Premiered at the Bochum Schauspielhaus, 2002
    • "Othello - ein BlueMovie" (commissioned by the Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg)
      Premiered at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg, 2001)
    • "Meienbergs Tod" ("Meienberg's Death" - commissioned by the Basel Theatre)
      Premiered at the Theater Basel, 2001)
    • "Die Reise von Klaus und Edith durch den Schacht zum Mittelpunkt der Erde" ("Klaus and Edith's Journey through the shaft to the Centre of the Earth" - commissioned by the Bochum Schauspielhaus)
      Premiered by the Bochum Schauspielhaus, 2001
    • "Medeää. 214 Bildbeschreibungen" ("Medeää. 214 Descriptions of a Scene")
      Premiered at the Radiokulturhaus Wien as part of the Vienna Festival, 2000
    • "Vier Frauen. Singspiel" ("Four Women. Singspiel")
      Premiered at the Schlachthaus Theater, Berne, 2000
    • "74 Sekunden - Monolog" (74 Seconds -- Monologue")
      Premiered at the Blauer Saal, Zürich
    • "Siebzehn Uhr Siebzehn" ("Seventeen Seventeen")
      Premiered at the Schauspiel Akademie Theater, Zürich, 2000
    • "Sophokles' Oedipus" ("Sophocles' Oedipus")
      Premiered at the Escher-Wyss-Unterführung, Zürich, 1998