PEN World Voices: International Play Festival Necati Öziri and Sibylle Berg

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May 9, 2019
May 9, 2019
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Thursday, May 9
Segal Theatre
4:00pm + 6:30pm Readings + Panels

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

4:00pm Get Deutsch or Die Tryin’
Written by Necati Öziri
Translated by Anna Galt
Directed by Ashley Tata

There are moments in which everything comes together. Arda Yilmaz’s
18th birthday, for example, where she searches for the fragments of a
language that recalls memories of childhood in Almanya and a German-
Turkish family history amidst the turmoil of “guest” work and the Turkish
putsch. Above else, Arda is searching for an unknown father. A fade-out
on the last track of the record of your life.

6:30pm And Now, The World!
Written by Sibylle Berg
Translated by Ben Knight
Directed by Andy Goldberg

Evening. A young woman alone in her apartment. Friends Skype her and
send chats, text messages arrive, her mother calls. A few floors below, in
the basement: a man is tied and gagged. Young women’s fears, desires,
and obsessions with success are expressed in their media-saturated lives
–but how do they actually want to live their lives?


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Sibylle Berg was born in Weimar and now lives in Zurich. Her columns, novels, and plays are merciless in their narrations of misfortunes and the people that fall into them. She has been honored with multiple awards, including the Egon-Erwin-Kisch Prize and the Kassel Literary Prize.




Photo by Esra Rotthoff

Necati Öziri, born in 1988, studied philosophy, German studies, and literature in Bochum, Istanbul, Olsztyn and Berlin. Öziri worked as a dramaturg at Gorki Theater and writes short stories and theatre plays. In the theatrical season of 2014-2015, he was the artistic director of Gorki’s StudioЯ. Öziri is currently dramaturg at the Berliner Festspiele, where he directs the International Forum of the Theatertreffen.




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Dmitrij Schaad was an ensemble member at the Bochum Theatre from 2010-13. In 2011 he was awarded the Bochum Theater Prize and was honoured at the NRW Theatretreffen festival as best young actor. Since the 2013/2014 season Dimitrij Schaad has been a member of the Gorki Theatre’s ensemble. In 2014, the critics in the annual survey from the Theater heute journal selected him as the young actor of the year. At the Gorki he performs in, among others, Der Russe Ist Einer Der Birken Liebt (All Russians Love Birch Trees), Das Kohlhaas-Prinzip (The Kohlhaas Principle), The Situation and Denial, all directed by Yael Ronen. He also appears in the recent Gorki production Get Deutsch Or Die Tryin’ by Necati Öziri, directed by Sebastian Nübling. In 2016 he won a student Oscar for the film Invention of Trust, directed by his brother Alex Schaad.

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