Dirk Laucke

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Karoline Bofinger
Dirk Laucke, © Karoline Bofinger Dirk Laucke was born in 1982 and grew up in Halle (Saale). In 2002, Laucke started a degree in psychology at Leipzig, but moved to Berlin in 2004 to study creative writing for the stage there at the University of the Arts. That same year, he was invited to the Salzburg Festival by Tankred Dorst to take part in a event showcasing talented young dramatists, where he read from his play Symptom.
Subsequently, in 2005, he was commissioned jointly with his fellow students Reyna Bruns and Magdalena Grazewicz to create the play Hier geblieben (Stay Here) at the Grips Theater, Berlin, a piece about child refugees' right to remain in Germany.
In 2006, Dirk Laucke received the Kleist Prize for Young Dramatists for his play alter ford escort dunkelblau (old ford escort dark blue) , with which he was invited to the Mülheim Theatertage for the first time in 2007.

Awards, honours:

  • 2006 Kleist Prize for Young Dramatists
  • 2007 Invitation to the Mülheim Theatertage
  • 2007: Best young dramatist of the year in the Theater Heute yearbook critics survey
  • 2009: Lessing Prize Scholarship Award of the Free State of Saxony
  • 2010: Dramatists’ Prize of the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries
  • 2010: Invitation to the Mülheim Theatertage


    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Dirk Laucke in the Theatre Library

    Plays

    Für alle reicht es nicht (There’s Not Enough to Go Round)

    'The […] play […] is about borders, the borders of the GDR, Germany’s borders 20 years after the peaceful revolution and the borders of Fortress Europe. It is about homelands. And the loss of a homeland and how terrible that can be.'More ...

    Too Young Too Old Too German:

    Gitte shares her cleaning job in the blood plasma collection centre with Sascha, a Ukrainian migrant who has no work permit. When the two turn their evening cleaning sessions into little parties, Sascha’s husband grows suspicious of her disturbing night work – and throws her out. Sascha moves in with her colleague. More ...

    alter ford escort dunkelblau (old ford escort dark blue)

    An old dark blue Ford Escort on its way to Legoland - Schorse knows just what his son would like. And, because Karin, his ex, has no idea, he picks the boy up directly from the way to school. Boxer has come along as well. He used to be excited by the colourful plastic world as well back then - when Boxer was thirteen, before his mother jumped from the balcony. More ...

    List of works – Selection

    • Bakunin auf dem Rücksitz (Bakunin in the Back Seat)
      Premiere: Deutsches Theater, Berlin, 2010
    • Start- und Landebahn (Take-Off and Landing Strip)
      Premiere: Theater Osnabrück, 2010
    • "Zu jung zu alt zu deutsch" Too Young Too Old Too German
      Premiere: Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück 2009
    • Stress! Der Rest ist Leben. (Stress! The Rest is Life)
      Premiere: Grips Theater Berlin 2010
    • Ultras
      Premiere: Thalia Theater Halle 2009
    • Der kalte Kuss von warmem Bier (The Cold Kiss of Warm Beer)
      Premiere: Stadttheater Heidelberg 2009
    • Für alle reicht es nicht (There’s Not Enough to Go Round)
      Premiere: Staatsschauspiel Dresden 2009, commissioned for the Staatstheater Dresden, performed as part of the Goethe-Institut-funded theatre project AFTER THE FALL to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall
    • Silberhöhe gibts nich mehr (Silberhöhe Is No More)
      Premiere: Thalia Theater Halle 2008
    • "Wir sind immer oben"(We Are Always On Top)
      Premiere: Schauspiel Essen, 2008
    • "alter ford escort dunkelblau"
      Premiere: Theater Osnabrück, 2007
      Invitation to the Mülheim Theatertage
    • "Hier geblieben" (Stay Here) with Reyna Bruns and Magdalena Grazewicz
      Premiere: Grips Theater, Berlin, 2005