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AUSTRIA / 2019

Svenja Viola Bungarten – Garland

The play was proposed by Schauspielhaus Graz / Austria for the ETC Drama Committee

It could be Mars. An area outside Madrid. The Mojave Desert. Or the Sahara. But let's not forget where we are. We are in Germany. In America near Penig, district of Central Saxony, to be precise. And the catastrophe is everywhere: the country is a blazing oven, the earth is withering, houses are burning down, there has been no wind for months. And there is no tornado far and wide to save the crisis-ridden characters from their fate.

But there is a girl named Dorothee Sturm, and she has set her mind on nothing less than saving the world. Too bad she seems to attract misfortune. Em and Henri can tell you a thing or two about that. They are not the parenting type, they are the farming type and lost first their dignity and then their farm in a fire. While the desperate policeman Gus Brandt sets out on the trail of the suspected arsonist, he in turn is sought by his brother, the filmmaker Salvatore Brandt. He is interviewed, overworked and underpaid, by Lorna Luft, host of the radio programme HOT TIMES. How a gigantic truck comes into the game and why Judy Garland, of all people, shines behind the counter of a petrol station - GARLAND also tells about that.

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Marie Nováková and Tomáš Loužný – White Caribou

This text excerpt was proposed by the National Theatre Prague to the ETC Drama Committee in 2024.

Eva and David, a wealthy Czech couple, arrive at a luxury hunting lodge in northern Canada for their annual trophy-hunting holiday. This year, they bring their children, introducing them to the hunting lifestyle. The family is attended to by a discreet Inuit maid, responsible for satisfying their high demands impeccably.

White Caribou serves as a generational response to climate grief. It explores the despair one can feel and the imperative to seek solutions and actively engage. 


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