The Finnish-language anthology Ja nyt: Maailma!
(And Now: The World!) consists of six recent plays from the German-speaking theater scene. These celebrated texts deal with current and appealing topics. The playwrights of the anthology have boldly embraced experimental and even surprising forms. Goethe-Institut Finland, together with the translators of the anthology, Jukka-Pekka Pajunen
and Merja Sainio
, is organizing an online launch to present the texts and their backgrounds and to discuss the present-day social themes, aesthetics and future of German-language drama and theatre.
The guests of the discussion are the young authors Enis Maci
, Thomas Köck
and Ewald Palmetshofer
, who have been praised by critics and the audience.
The anthology includes the German author Enis Maci
’s (*1993) Mitwisser
which was nominated for the Mülheim Dramatist Prize in 2019. Mitwisser
explores the internet for information on real life murders. The deeds seem to drown in the flood of information, and eyewitnesses choose not to speak up but keep silent and cling to public opinion.
The Austrian author Thomas Köck
(*1986) has received the Mülheim Dramatist Prize twice: in 2018 for the play paradies spielen
and in 2019 for atlas
. His work paradies fluten (verirrte sinfonie)
was translated for the anthology. The play sharply reflects the plight of the post-colonial world, criticizes capitalism and elevates the consequences of the climate catastrophe into a whole new dimension.
The Austrian author Ewald Palmetshofer
(*1978) received the Mülheim Dramatist Prize in 2015 for his play die unverheiratete
. The anthology presents his poetic family drama Die Verlorenen
. The play has echoes of ancient tragedies; however, the characters' discomfort and their inability to communicate with each other strongly reflect the present.
The discussion will be hosted by the cultural journalist and author Tomas Jansson
The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions in the end.
We will use Zoom for the event. To participate, simply follow the link we will send you when you register.
The anthology was supported by the Niilo Helander Foundation, the Goethe-Institut Finnland, the Austrian Embassy Helsinki, Embassy of Switzerland in Finland and the Theater Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.