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Nestroy Prize Winner Georg Schmiedleitner to direct Die letzten Tage der Menschheit

2 APR 2014

published in: Drama

Georg Schmiedleitner (Photo: Marion Bührle)
As planned, Vienna’s Burgtheater and the Salzburg Festival will co-produce Die letzten Tage der Menschheit by Karl Kraus. After Matthias Hartmann was released from his directing obligations by the Burgtheater, as reported, Georg Schmiedleitner agreed to take on the realisation of Karl Kraus’ epoch-making work – a director who has made a name for himself with political and specifically Austrian theatre.
The Austrian Georg Schmiedleitner first came to renown as the co-founder and director of the Theater Phönix in Linz. He directed his first production at the Burgtheater in 2001, Nestroy’s Der Zerrissene featuring Karlheinz Hackl and Birgit Minichmayr. He has worked throughout the German-language region as a freelance director of plays and operas, including at the theatres in Graz and Hamburg, at the Nuremberg State Theatre, the Mannheim National Theatre, the Volkstheater in Vienna and at the Theater in der Josefstadt.
His name is associated with political and specifically Austrian theatre since he became the artistic director of Theater Hausruck, a theatre initiative focusing on regional issues of contemporary history and current social policy. In 2005 he won the Nestroy Prize for his production of Hunt oder Der totale Februar by Franzobel.
We look forward to working with Georg Schmiedleitner and are grateful to him for taking on this production at such short notice.
The Salzburg premiere takes place on July 29, 2014; the Vienna premiere at the Burgtheater follows in early September.