Astrid Weigert (Georgetown University)
In the German-speaking world, documentary theater – generally understood as theatre that uses pre-existing documentary material (such as newspapers, government reports, interviews, journals, and correspondences) as source material for stories about real events and people, frequently without altering the text in performance - has experienced a renaissance over the last two decades. This panel seeks to explore the playwrights, topics, venues, and aesthetic approaches connected to documentary theater in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland today.
Questions could include but are not limited to: Which new voices are coming to the fore? Which political and societal issues are being addressed? What is the role of intermediality in productions of documentary theater?