I am also very happy to say that I have been commissioned to write a follow-up article for the October issue of Alluvium enquiring into contemporary literary and artistic practices. Which is due, I believe, “in the summer”. Wish me luck and some more good weather, so that I can stretch that deadline well into September.
On a related note: applications for the Novel Writing Workshop in the winter semester of 2019/2020 at the University of Bonn are now open. Although the course description is in German, applications in the English language are welcome and encouraged.
DEAR MRS WOOLF, a monologue adapted from the letters of Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West by Christine Lehnen, premiered at the Brotfabrik Theatre in Bonn on Wednesday 28th May 2019. Lisa Pohlers starred as Virginia Woolf. The show, featuring two more monologues written by Eva Fürst (“Witch Hunt”) and Marian Blok (“meinführer”), was sold out. It was part of the programme of the Bonner Theaternacht 2019. DEAR MRS WOOLF will also be performed on June 8th 2019 as part of the Frankenstein Festival at the Brotfabrik Bonn, celebrating Mary Shelley, her ground-breaking work, and female authorship. Thank you everyone for a sold-out show, and we would love to see you again (or for the first time) on Saturday for some Frankenstein!
Come and join us for a night of celebrating the arts at Bonn University! On Monday 24th June 2019, a few select students of the Bonn Novel Writing Workshop will be presenting parts of their manuscripts at the annual KulturCampus, organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, most notably Dr. Stefan Plasa.
Four to five students will read selected pages from their work. The programme will also include performances by selected students of the poetry slam workshop and the improvisation workshop of the University of Bonn. We would be thrilled to see you there!
Monday, 24th June 2019
Admission is free.
I am also happy to report that the Novel Writing Workshop is growing! We welcome Michél Schüler to the team, who will be supporting us in organising our platform to bring students into contact with agents as well as teaching select sessions of the workshop. Michél Schüler earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Bonn with a thesis on his namesake Michel Foucault. He is currently finishing up his postgraduate studies in Philosophy as well as a splendid novel and three to four short stories. He has been a member of the Novel Writing Workshop (almost) from the beginning. Welcome to the team, Michi!
In the past year, three students have gained agency representation through the Novel Writing Workshop at the University of Bonn. With one or two networking events per semester, three students have convinced the agents Birgit Arteaga (Berlin) and Paula Peretti (Cologne) of their projects. We congratulate Nina Rheinheimer and Maria Keim (Agentur Peretti) as well as Philipp Börner (Literaturagentur Arteaga) and wish them all the best for the brilliant future ahead of them!
We are proud to report that the European Balcony Project in Bonn was a great success, even moving one of the audience members to tears (which is all you could want as a director). We thank everyone at the European Democracy Lab for making this come to life and all our fellow players and readers all over Europe. I would also like to thank my tireless cast, crew and company who, within no more than fourteen days, put a stage on the Beethoven Square, seven actresses and actors into full costume and make-up as well as delivering a beautiful rendition of the Ode to Joy on the day. We are excited to see where the European Republic is going to go next!
Christine Lehnen will take part in the Freshman Welcome of the University of Bonn. As part of a panel, she will discuss the possibilities open to students of the humanities and how it is always worth while to look right and left during your studies. Doors open at 4.30 PM, Lecture Hall I in the Main Building.
FANCIES, a new play by Ellie Lewerenz, has been nominated for two awards at the FEATS Festival 2018 in Antwerp: We are proud to have brought back a nomination for best original script as well as best stage presenation and congratulate the winners! After a sold-out run in Bonn at the Brotfabrik Studio stage, we are incredibly happy and grateful to our cast, crew, and the company.
Ina Habermann and I have the great honour of directing the BUSC’s contribution to the FEATS Festival 2018 in Antwerp: a new play by Ellie Lewerenz called FANCIES. Fifty minutes about what it costs to stay in a relationship today – witty and funny, until it isn’t.