Thomas Brasch

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Thomas Brasch in 1993

Thomas Brasch (19 February 1945 – 3 November 2001) was a German author, poet and film director.

Life[edit]

Born in Westow, Yorkshire, England, Thomas Brasch was the son of German Jewish Communist émigré parents.[1] In 1947, the family returned to East Germany.[2] Brasch attended school in Cottbus.[2] From 1956 to 1960, he was at the National People's Army Cadet School and made his Abitur.[2] From 1964, he studied journalism in Leipzig and was forced in 1965 to ex-matriculate.[2] Since 1966 he worked at the theater Volksbühne Berlin.[2] and studied dramaturgy at the film school Babelsberg afterwards. In 1968, he was relegated and imprisoned for "anti-state agitation", because of the protest against the invasion of the CSSR.[3][2] In 1971, after being a miller in a Berlin factory, he worked in the Brecht archive and was then freelance writer. In 1976, after protesting against Wolf Biermann's expatriation, he moved to West Germany.[2]

Brasch was in a relationship with the actress Katharina Thalbach.[2][4]

Brasch died in Berlin on 3 November 2001.[5]

UK productions[edit]

In May 2012, Brasch's play Lovely Rita was performed in English for the first time in the Warwick Arts Centre.[6]

US productions[edit]

In November 1976, Brasch's theatre piece Paper Tiger was performed in English for the first time at the 4th International Bertolt Brecht Conference in Austin, Texas,[7] with music composed by Raymond Benson. Benson subsequently directed an off-off-Broadway production of the musical in New York, New York, in September 1980.[8]

Awards[edit]

Publications[edit]

Grave decoration on the Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof by Alexander Polzin
  • "Sie geht, sie geht nicht", play, 1970
  • "Das beispielhafte Leben und der Tod des Peter Göring", play, with Lothar Trolle, 1971
  • "Galileo Galilei – Papst Urban VIII.", play, with Lothar Trolle, 1972
  • "Der Schweinehirt. Die wilden Schwäne", two radio plays by Hans Christian Andersen, Berlin 1975
  • "Vom dicken Herrn Bell, der das Telefon erfunden hat", radio play, Berlin 1974
  • "Herr Geiler", play, 1974
  • "Lovely Rita", play, 1975
  • "Poesiealbum 89", Berlin 1975
  • "Die argentinische Nacht", comedy based on Oswaldo Dragún, Berlin 1975
  • "Vor den Vätern sterben die Söhne", prose, Berlin 1977[1]
  • "Kargo. 32. Versuch auf einem untergehenden Schiff aus der eigenen Haut zu fahren", Frankfurt (Main) 1977
  • "Rotter. Und weiter. Ein Tagebuch, ein Stück, eine Aufführung.", Frankfurt (Main) 1978
  • "Der schöne 27. September", poetry, Frankfurt (Main) 1980
  • "Engel aus Eisen", book based on film, Frankfurt (Main) 1981
  • "Der König vor dem Fotoapparat", children's book, Olten 1981
  • "Domino", book based on film, Frankfurt (Main) 1982
  • "Anton Tschechows Stücke", translated by Thomas Brasch, Frankfurt (Main) 1985
  • "Lovely Rita, Lieber Georg, Mercedes", play, Berlin 1988
  • "Lovely Rita, Rotter, Lieber Georg", play, Frankfurt (Main) 1989
  • "Frauen Krieg Lustspiel", play, Frankfurt (Main) 1989
  • "Drei Wünsche, sagte der Golem", poetry, prose and play, Leipzig 1990
  • "Mädchenmörder Brunke", prose, Frankfurt (Main) 1999
  • "Liebe Macht Tod", parts and materials, Frankfurt (Main) 2002
  • "Shakespeare-Übersetzungen", Frankfurt (Main) 2002
  • "Wer durch mein Leben will, muß durch mein Zimmer", poetry, Frankfurt (Main) 2002
  • "Was ich mir wünsche", poetry, Frankfurt (Main) 2007
  • "Du einsamer, du schöner Wicht", audio book, read by Katharina Thalbach and Anna Thalbach, Hoffmann&Campe 2007

Filmography[edit]

Films about Thomas Brasch[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Thomas Brasch auf suhrkamp.de". Suhrkamp Verlag (in German). 16 June 2021. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Thomas Brasch – Biografie". Deutsches Filmhaus (in German). 28 July 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b Pilz, Michael (15 August 2018). "Ich danke der DDR". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Die Thalbachs – eine deutsch-deutsche Theaterfamilie". Goethe-Institut (in German). 15 October 2021. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  5. ^ "BRASCH – WORDS OF WANT, WORDS OF FEAR – Films". german-documentaries.de. 3 November 2001. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Warwick Arts Centre Summer 2012". Issuu. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Brasch, Thomas". Der Papiertiger (in German). Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  8. ^ "author bio – Raymond Benson". BondFanEvents.com. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  9. ^ Bayrischer Filmpreis
  10. ^ "Heinrich-von-Kleist-Gesellschaft: Kleist-Preisträger". Kleist-Museum (in German). Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  11. ^ ‘Dear Thomas’: Tallinn Review by Demetrios Matheou, December 1, 2021.
  12. ^ Dear Thomas Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson, 30 Nov 2021.
  13. ^ ""Lieber Thomas": Kinofilm erinnert an Thomas Brasch". NDR.de (in German). 28 December 2021. Retrieved 28 March 2022.

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