Tankred Dorst, German playwright, Died at 91


Tankred Dorst was born on December 19, 1925 and died on June 1, 2017.

He was a German playwright and storyteller.

He lived and worked in Munich.

Dorst’s farces, parables, one-act-plays and adaptations were inspired by the theatre of the absurd and the works of Ionesco, Giraudoux and Beckett.

Dorst’s monumental drama Merlin oder das wüste Land, which was premiered in 1981 in Düsseldorf, has been compared to Goethe’s Faust.

Back then critics saw that particular event as the first major drama of the 1980s.

During his tribute to Tankred Dorst on the occasion of the conferment of the Georg Büchner Prize in 1990, Georg Hensel remarked that his plays all have a direct connection to the present:

His plays have responded to the great transformations,”For 30 years.

Dorst has always been a companion to the times.”

He first directed the Ring of the Nibelung in Bayreuth in 2006.

Tankred Dorst passed away at 91 years old.