Marius von Mayenburg is a playwright, translator, dramaturg, director and one of the most widely produced German playwrights. His plays receive regularly productions at the Schaubühne/Berlin, the Royal Court Theater/ London, and other major theaters around the world.
In 1992, Mayenburg began his studies in dramatic writing at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. His first play Fireface (Feuergesicht), written in 1997, was an enormous success. It premiered at the Kammerspiele in Munich and was subsequently produced at the Kleist Theater in Frankfurt (Oder) and at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg. Since then the play has been successfully produced worldwide and translated into many languages. ForFireface, Mayenburg received the Award for Emerging Playwrights “Kleistförderpreis für junge Dramatiker” and the prize of the Frankfurt Writer’s Foundation “Preis der Frankfurter Autorenstiftung”. Mayenburg’s oeuvre includes more than ten plays, all of them have been produced in Germany as well as worldwide. He is currently dramaturg and playwright in residence at the Schaubühne/Berlin.
We represent the English language stage rights in Mayenburg’s plays in the USA. He is represented worldwide by henschel Schauspiel/Berlin.
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PLAYS (available in English)
All plays translated by Maya Zade.
THE UGLY ONE (Der häßliche)
Lette makes a gruesome discovery: Apparently, he is unspeakably ugly- the beauty surgeon can help but this metamorphosis is causing an unforeseen hysteria… Mayenburg’s dark comedy pushes our obsession with beauty to the grotesque.
Premiered at Sideshow Theatre, directed by Seth Bockley (2011). NY premiere at Soho Rep/Play Co. (2012).
“The Kafkaesque satire sprints along without hammering its points into triteness or irritating us with its deliberately broad, flat characters.” – Time Out New York
“Von Mayenburg, a German playwright and dramaturge at Berlin’s famed Schaubühne, writes dramas that often receive comparison to the elegant postmodernism of Caryl Churchill and the brutal poetry of Sarah Kane…THE UGLY ONE, translated by Maja Zade, is a cooler play and seems to owe more to the European absurdist tradition, Vaclav Havel and Eugéne Ionesco particularly. THE UGLY ONE proposes that if surface looks can succumb to the surgeon’s scalpel, what’s on the inside is equally unstable. Appearance determines personality, and once appearance changes, only base desires—for sex, for power—remain. The performers are skilled enough to make these roles nevertheless distinct, but the script suggests that there’s but a hair’s breadth—or a haircut—differentiating any of us.” – The Village Voice
“A delectable black comedy…I have not seen a more imaginative, inventive or disturbing theatrical vision.” — The Evening Standard
“perfectly formed… It is astonishing how much Mayenburg packs into 55 minutes.” — The Guardian
Benjamin refuses to take part in school swimming lessons. His mother suspects drugs, but the real reason is something else: Benjamin has religious feelings. He begins to study the Bible and to terrorise his fellow students and teachers.
Premiered at the Schaubühne, Berlin (2012). US Premiere at Steep Theater, Chicago (April 2015).
“(4 stars) beautifully crafted” - Chicago on the Aisle
“MARTYR, the shocking and gutsy, wild and raw new play from Marius von Mayenburg, goes a long way toward illuminating parallels between the sources of teen angst and the catalysts for religious rebellion. MARTYR boldly refuses to trivialize the experience of adolescence and instead projects it onto the canvas of world conflict.” - Chicago Stage Standard
THE STONE (Der stein)
THE COLD CHILD (Das kalte kinde)