Moritz Rinke

Moritz Rinke - © Birgit Kleber
© Birgit Kleber
Born at Worpswede in 1967. Applied Theatre Studies at Gießen. At the same time he wrote columns and reportage for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Frankfurter Allgemeine,, Die Zeit, and Theater heute. From 1964 to 1996 an internee and then a journalist for the Berliner Tagesspiegel. For his reportage on "A Day with Marlene" (1995) and the 1997 Love Parade he twice received the prestigious Axel Springer Prize. Moritz lives in Berlin.

Prizes and Awards:

  • The Liechtenstein PEN Club's Literary Prize, 1997
  • "Republik Vineta" chosen in Theater heute's critics survey as the best German play of 2000/2001
  • Invitations to the Mülheim Theatre Days in 1997 and 2001
  • Invitation to the 2004 Mülheim Theatre Days with "Die Optimisten" (“The Optimists”)
  • Invitation to the 2006 Mülheim Theatertage with „Café Umberto“

    Theatre Library - Translations

    Translated plays by Moritz Rinke in the Theatre Library


    Café Umberto

    Three couples caught up in the turmoil unleashed by the Hartz IV legislation, a package of measures introduced several years ago to reform Germany’s social security system: the unemployed musician Jaro and the failed fashion designer Jule meet at a job centre with a cafeteria. She intends to commit suicide, he possesses a confidence that seems other-worldly. With the help of his enthusiasm and the mute Umberto’s latte macchiato, he tries to drag Jule back into life – and make her part of his own life. More ...

    Die Optimisten (i.e. "The Optimists")

    A colourfully diverse group of German holidaymakers in search of culture. At Lumbini in Nepal, the Buddha's birthplace, their bus breaks down and the crankshaft has to be replaced. Arguments, rivalries, and generational conflicts break out, but are soon overtaken by other problems.More ...

    Republik Vineta

    Five men on a special mission: Hans Montag from the Central Employment Agency, Lutz Born from the Benn Construction Group, management consultant Klaus Hagemann, Captain Fritz Feldmann-See, and local politician Johann Behrens have come together for a secret planning conference organized by Robert Leonhard and his assistant Nina Seiler. More ...

    List of works – Selection

    • "Café Umberto"
      UA Schauspiel Düsseldorf, 2005
    • "Die Optimisten" (i.e."The Optimists")
      UA Schauspielhaus, Bochum, 2003
    • "Die Nibelungen"
      Premiered in summer 2002 at the Worms Festival
    • "Republik Vineta"
      Premiere: Thalia Theater Hamburg, 2000
    • "Das Stockholm-Syndrom"
      Premiere: Schauspiel Bonn, 1999
    • "Männer und Frauen"
      Premiere: Niedersächsisches Staatsschauspiel Hannover, 1999
    • "Der Mann, der noch keiner Frau Blöße entdeckte"
      Premiered at the Stuttgart Staatstheater as a co-production with the Theater am Kirchplatz, Schaan, 1999
    • "Der graue Engel"
      Premiere: Schauspielhaus Zürich, 1996