Voices from Germany

STARTS 3/21/2017 Goethe-Institut Chicago
6pm Admission is FREE; online reservations required

Voices from Germany:
A Conversation on Contemporary German Theater

Tuesday, March 21 | 6pm
Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 North Michigan Avenue, #200
Admission is FREE; online reservations required

In a special partnership with the Goethe-Institut Chicago, Goodman Theatre and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Artistic Director Robert Falls and Sebastian Huber, Chefdramaturg of the Bavarian State Theater, come together for a discussion of contemporary German theater and dramaturgy. This event will also showcase readings from contemporary German-language plays, curated and translated by Amy Stebbins—who is a PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago.

Please note: All event attendees should bring valid photo ID to display at the entrance to the Goethe-Institut building.

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Robert Falls headshotRobert Falls has been the artistic director of Goodman Theatre since 1986. Under Mr. Falls' leadership, the Goodman received the 1992 Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater and was named the best regional theater in America by Time magazine. Two of Mr. Falls’ most  acclaimed Broadway productions, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night (both first staged at the Goodman), were honored with seven Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards. Last season, Mr. Falls directed the Chicago premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 and co-directed with Seth Bockley the world premiere production of their adaptation of Robert Bolaño’s 2666. Mr. Falls' production of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in a Chicago premiere adaptation by Annie Baker, can currently be seen on the Goodman's Owen Theatre stage. Later this season, he will direct the world premiere of Pamplona, starring Stacy Keach.

HuberSebastian Huber is the Chief Dramaturgy and Deputy Artistic Director of the Bavarian State Theater (Residenztheater) in Munich. After completing his MA in German studies and theater studies in Munich and Berlin, Mr. Huber’s first position was as a dramaturg at the Bavarian State Theater in Munich in 1991. He subsequently worked at the Vereinigten Bühnen Graz, where he served as chief dramaturg, as well as at the Thalia Theater Hamburg, the State Theater Stuttgart and from 2002 to 2009 at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Mr. Huber has worked with the directors Martin Kušej, Frank Castorf, René Pollesch, Dimiter Gotscheff and Robert Lepage. In 2005 and 2006, Mr. Huber worked as a dramaturgical advisor to director Martin Kušej at the Salzburg Festival. In Salzburg, they also collaborated on an opera, Don Giovanni (con. Nikolaus Harnoncourt), for the inauguration of Peter Ruzicka’s artistic directorship in 2002. Other operatic collaborations with Martin Kušej include The Magic Flute and Genoveva (Zurich), Macbeth (Munich) and The Flying Dutchman (Amsterdam). Since the end of the '90s, Mr. Huber has regularly been active in teaching. He has taught for the Theater Directing Department in Hamburg, the Dramaturgy Department of the August Everding Academy in Munich and for the Design Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart.