Why are we running this project?

Authoritarian systems make people disappear, lock them up, and cover their tracks. But it is not only tyranny that eradicates the diversity of social realities and visions. Even in democratic societies, people are oppressed, pushed out of sight, and made invisible by various means and methods. The question of visibility and participation in public discourse is one of the central challenges in modern societies.

What are our goals?

The International Drama Lab gives renowned playwrights a space bridging languages and nationalities to write, reflect, and develop ideas around current social issues. We support the participating playwrights in their writing process for a period of one and a half years.

How does the project work?

From spring 2019 through summer 2020, Yildiz Çakar (Berlin), Monageng Motshabi (Johannesburg), Dalia Taha (Ramallah), and Laura Uribe (Mexico City) will focus on topics that relate to the motto “Out of Sight.” Starting with a writing lab at Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and exchange forums with civil society activists in South Africa, Palestine, and Mexico, they will investigate the following questions: Who decides what is made invisible and what is pushed into oblivion? Which social groups, ideas, and bodies are ignored in public perception? Which realities and stories reveal themselves in spaces where life and action are deliberately kept hidden?

The project will be led by Maxi Obexer (New Institute for Drama) and playwrights will receive dramaturgic support from Mazlum Nergiz. The resulting works will be presented in dramatic readings at Studio Я of the Maxim Gorki Theater and during a dedicated event night at Schauspiel Stuttgart in fall 2020.

Who supports the project?

“Out of Sight” is a collaborative project of Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB), the Maxim Gorki Theater/Studio Я, the New Institute for Drama (NIDS), the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Schauspiel Stuttgart.