Lies & Magic

Workshop for playwrights, actors and directors
Teacher: Bonn Park ,
From 10/12/2018 to 13/12/2018
From Monday to Thursday, from 11am to 2pm
English and German
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Total hours: 12h (4 sesions)


Course description

Hello. My name is Bonn Park and I occasionally write plays. I am invited to teach you how to write plays. This is a great honor and also a burden since the first thing which comes to my mind is that I don’t know how to teach to write plays. But if I had to describe my technique, I would say that a big part of it is not to tell (not even to me), never to speak out what I am doing and how. It is like a magic trick: all magic is gone as soon as you explain how it works. So my first lesson would be: never tell anyone about your magic. Although it sounds now like a workshop is a great foolishness to do after this first lesson, I still believe there are a lot of things we can talk about, we can read and watch. I consider theatre as a place of lies, a place where everything what happens is not real. Lights go off and people on the stage do things that are fictional, like falling in love to the same person every night and killing him too, or be surprised about informations in letters (the same letter every night), even though this person knows this information very well, because he or she has rehearsed this scene in which he or she receives a letter with this information. POLITICAL and REALISTIC are terms often used in reference to the theatre and I don’t know what they mean by that. Theatre is not realistic, it is not even real, politics are real and real is real. I like the potential of theatre because it is lies and magic. Are you interested in lies and magic? Then attend this workshop and let’s do some witchery.

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Bonn Park

Born in Berlin in 1987 and raised in Berlin, Korea and Paris, Bonn Park studied Slavic languages and literature at Humboldt University Berlin from 2008 on.
His first works as a director and author were for the Berlin Volksbühne. He has been guest director at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) and guest student of Werner Schroeter, Heiko Kalmbach and Frank Castorf. In 2011 he took up a course in dramatic writing at the Universität der Künste Berlin.
He received the Heidelberg Stückemarkt’s 2011 Innovation Prize for Die Leiden des Jungen Super Mario in 2D. His play Traurigkeit & Melancholie oder der aller aller einsamste George aller aller Zeiten was awarded the Else Lasker-Schüler Playwright Prize 2014 and nominated for the German Youth Theatre Prize 2016. The audio play of the same name was produced in 2015 by Deutschlandradio Kultur. Subsequently, he received commissions from the Berlin Parkaue theatre/Theater Chemnitz and the Frankfurt Regiestudio. In 2016 he won the Essen Autorentage youth jury prize for Wir trauern um Bonn Park. Das Knurren der Milchstraße was awarded the 1st prize at the Berlin Theatertreffen Stückemarkt in 2017, including a commission from the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe. The play premiered at Theater Bielefeld in September 2017, directed by Bonn Park himself.

Important information

Admission to the course will be based on order of arrival and CV assessment, which should be sent (with photograph included), filling in the form on the right.

Places on courses are limited. Places will be reserved once the course amount has been paid. Payment must be made within one week of receiving the corresponding acceptance email.

The dates indicated for each course or seminar may be subject to variations in exceptional circumstances. These will be notified when applicable.

For the course to take place, a minimum number of students must be registered. If this number is not reached, the course will be cancelled and the student will have the option of registering for a different course (providing that there are places available) or alternatively will receive a refund of the amount paid (100%). If a student withdraws, a refund of 75% of the registration fee will be applicable, providing that written notice is given at least 10 days before the start of the course.

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