(May 31, 1945 – June 10, 1982)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a German movie director, screenwriter, playwright and actor. He is considered one of the most important representatives of the New German Cinema.
Fassbinder’s theater career began in 1967, when he joined the Munich action-theater and became active as an actor, director and playwright. After two months, he became the company’s leader. In April 1968 Fassbinder directed the premiere production of his play: “Katzelmacher”, the story about a foreign worker from Greece, who becomes the object of intense racial, sexual, and political hatred among Bavarian men, while exerting a strangely troubling fascination on the women.
A few weeks later, in May 1968, the Action Theater was disbanded after its theater was wrecked by one of its founders, disapproving of Fassbinder’s growing power within the group. It promptly reformed as the Anti-Theater under Fassbinder’s direction. The troupe lived and performed together. Within eighteen months he directed twelve plays, four of these he wrote himself and five he rewrote. The style of his stage directing closely resembled that of his early films, a mixture of choreographed movement and static poses, taking its cues not from the traditions of stage theater, but from musicals, cabaret, films and the student protest movement.
We represent the English language stage rights in Fassbinder’s plays in the USA. He is represented worldwide by Verlag der Autoren.
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PLAYS (in English translation)
IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS
When the object of his affection off-handedly commented, “too bad you’re not a girl,” Erwin disappeared to Casablanca and returned as Elvira. Now, adrift and alone, Elvira revisits the people and places of the past, desperately searching for the identity and love she’s never known. Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff’s adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s New German Cinema masterpiece.
English Language Premiere: Yale Rep, May 2013
For an interview with Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff on adapting THE YEAR WITH 13 MOONS, click here.
“Simple and casually brutal…Fassbinder had a way of mixing the dark (and darkly German) with a wry, grimy humor. He also distanced the pain with style: melodrama in the Douglas Sirk mode, good old Brechtian alienation and a considerable elegance of mise-en-scène.” – The New York Times
“Stage director Robert Woodruff and actor Bill Camp have done it again…bravely bold…” – New Haven Register
“…spellbinding…Who won’t [like it]?: Those who prefer naturalistic, passive theater.” – Hartford Courant
“…provocative, visceral, uncompromising and at times harrowing…13 MOONS does not disappoint.” – Examiner
BLOOD ON THE CAT’S NECK
FEAR EATS SOUL
JUST A SLICE OF BREAD
THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT
TRASH, DEATH AND THE CITY