Müller in America
A journal examining American productions of works by Heiner Müller, Volume 1
Heiner Müller, regarded by many as the greatest German playwright since Bertolt Brecht, has a steadily growing following in the United States. With a foreword by renowned scholar and director Carl Weber, Müller in America presents writings by 15 directors who have staged Müller’s work in the United States and Canada from 1979 to 2002. The productions they write about vary widely in venue, from regional theatre to a homeless encampment, and represent a broad range of aesthetic approaches and political attitudes. Reading through this collection, it is clear that Müller’s texts have functioned, as he hoped they would, as “a kind of supernova … [that] inspire directors with ideas.” Edited by Dan Friedman and published by the Castillo Theatre, an emerging center for Müller’s work in the U.S., Müller in America is a must for those interested in theatre, German literature, and/or the ever-shifting border between art and politics.
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Quotes on Müller In America
“Arguably, no 20th-century playwright since Brecht and Beckett has had an impact on the contemporary theater comparable to that of Heiner Müller. This journal is a most impressive documentation of the rich variety of creative responses to Müller's work in North America, from the earliest performances to the present.”
— Carl Weber, Stanford University
“I found Carl Weber's introduction to be especially valuable for its overview with statistics and hypotheses concerning Mueller's own experiences in America as well as his reception. The following short articles are uneven—some being anecdotal personal statements (Case), some more analytical (Lukac). One of the really important accents in all the pieces is the attempt to address the challenge or difficulty of making Mueller's texts meaningful in North America. The various strategies the respondents mention reveal some interesting insights into theater practices (at least for someone like me, who is a scholar and not a practitioner).”
— Marc Silberman, University of Wisconsin; Managing Editor, International Brecht Society.
“I have managed to place the journal in both York University and University of Toronto libraries. At York it is proudly displayed in the window with the rest of the faculty publications for the incoming students and their parents to see.”
— Alex Lukac, author
“…It is really great, tying the theoretical with the activist, proving that academic work does not have to be disconnected from real life.”
— Joel Eis, University of North Dakota