Sibylle Berg

Sibylle Berg - © Katharina Lütscher
© Katharina Lütscher

Sibylle Berg was born at and spent her childhood in Weimar where she also worked as a puppeteer until moving to the West in 1984. She studied briefly at the Dimitri theatre school in Ticino and then had various jobs. She began to write, published her first articles and reportage, and was a columnist for the "Zeit-Magazin". Her first book appeared in 1997, and other novels and stories followed. "Helges Leben" was her first play.
Her play Und jetzt: die Welt ! Oder: Es sagt mir nichts das sogenannte Draußen (i.e. And Now: the World! – The So-Called Outside Means Nothing to Me), premiered at the Maxim Gorki Theater directed by Sebastian Nübling, was chosen the “Play of the Year” by the critics’ poll of the journal Theater Heute.
Sibylle Berg lives in Zurich.

Prizes and Awards:

  • Invitations to the Mülheim Theatre Days in 2000, 2001, and 2002

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Sibylle Berg in the Theatre Library

    Plays

    Und jetzt: die Welt ! Oder: Es sagt mir nichts das sogenannte Draußen (i.e. And Now: the World! – The So-Called Outside Means Nothing to Me)

    They are clever, well-educated and live in precarious circumstances because the umpteenth internship doesn’t pay anything. They sell home-made drugs on the Internet, write fashion blogs and increase the market value of their bodies at the gym, even though they despise the market. More ...

    Hund, Frau, Mann (Dog, Woman, Man)

    (after Yael Hedaya's story Liebe pur, published by the Diogenes Verlag)

    An unorthodox view of a relationship between two people: a dog describes the strange behaviour of the woman and the man who literally cling together even though they can scarcely stand one another. More ...

    Helges Leben ("Helge's Life")

    Expeditions into the human realm, into the world of an extinct species. By the year 2004 animals have further developed all of humanity's good characteristics, eliminated the bad ones (of which there are many), and seized power.More ...

    List of works – Selection

    • "Und jetzt: die Welt ! Oder: Es sagt mir nichts das sogenannte Draußen " (i.e. And Now: the World! – The So-Called Outside Means Nothing to Me)
      Premiere: Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, in cooperation with junges theater basel
    • "Wünsch dir was" (i.e., "Do wish for something")
      Premiere Schauspiel Zürich, 2006
    • "Das wird schon. Nie mehr lieben" (i.e."That'll Happen. Never Love Again")
      premiered at the Bochum Schauspielhaus, 2004
    • "Schau, da geht die Sonne unter" ("Look, the Sun Is Setting")
      Premiered at the Bochum Schauspielhaus, 2003
    • "Herr Mautz"
      Premiere: Theater Oberhausen, 2002
    • "Hund, Frau, Mann"
      Premiere: Theater Rampe, Stuttgart, 2001
    • "Eine Stunde Glück" (now withdrawn)
      Premiere: Theater der Stadt Heidelberg, 2000
    • "Helges Leben"
      Premiere: Schauspielhaus Bochum, 2000
    • "Ein paar Leute suchen das Glück und lachen sich tot" (a dramatization of the novel of the same name)
      Premiere: Theater Rampe, Stuttgart, 1999