We, like all other community institutions in Leipzig, have had to react to the current crisis. We are therefore announcing the postponement of the performances of Philoctetes on March 20th and 21st. We hope this is only a delay and not a cancellation. We shall work in collaboration with Neues Schauspiel Leipzig in an attempt to find new performance dates. We will naturally inform you if a solution can be found.
As we finance our productions through box office revenue from our performances as well as donations, we would ask you to consider contributing the cost of your ticket or, perhaps, something more. You can find our donation information here. This will ensure that we can keep doing more shows. We do also contribute a part of our revenue to NSL but that won’t be near sufficient for their needs.
Now, more than ever, we need to do what is right not just for ourselves individually but also for each other. Let’s work together to emerge from this stronger and better than we were before. And, most of all, we wish everyone all the best in dealing with this situation.
Thank you for your pitches! If you have any questions regarding pitches or the new season, please contact us here.
Do you have a script that you’re dying to see performed? Have you always wanted to direct an ETL production? Well, now’s your chance!
ETL is now accepting applications to direct our December and March shows next season. We kindly request that anyone interested in directing a production submit two potential titles. You need to fill out one of our application forms (available for download here) and return it to us along with a digital copy of your scripts. All submissions must be received before Midnight, March 29.
After we have had an opportunity to go through the applications, we will arrange individual interviews where you can pitch your shows personally. Following the pitches and adequate time to deliberate, the committee will notify those selected and then post the titles.
Please send us an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) requesting an application. If you have any additional questions, you can use the same address.
We here at English Theatre Leipzig are currently casting for our December production “30 Neo-Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes)” by Greg Allen. The director, Emily Wessel, will be holding open auditions from 10am to 3pm on October 5th and 6th. The auditions will take place at the Neues Schauspiel Leipzig, Lützner Str. 29, 04177 Leipzig.
If you would like to participate, please tell us by sending an email to (email@example.com) stating on which day you will attend the audition. Additionally, Emily has requested that you prepare a few things for the audition:
Please come with a 2 to 3-minute true story about something that happened in your life. It can be sad, it can be happy, it can be funny, it can be ridiculous, it can be mundane. We are looking at your ability to tell a story, not your ability to memorize a monologue.
Along with your prepared story, come with two topics that you want to talk about. These can be topics that are important to you, topics you find interesting, funny, scary, compelling, poignant or annoying. Topics you relate to.
Also, make sure you wear clothes and shoes you can easily move in.
The English Theatre Leipzig turns to Greek mythology in its newest production and presents Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice from the year 2003, a retelling of the myth of Orpheus in the underworld.
A little bit about the story: Eurydice and Orpheus celebrate their wedding, when Eurydice dies and finds herself in the underwold. Because she was dipped into the river of forgetfulness, Lethe, she has lost all her memories. She meets her father – a character newly created by Sarah Ruhl – who managed to save his memory and now wants to refresh hers. Three stones – the classic chorus – want to prevent this.
As you will see, water plays a significant role in the play. As we travel along with Eurydice, we hear the water acting as the rhythmic background for the song of Orpheus. It rains and flows, nurturing the memory of what is now a part of the past. It is a tale of love, and loss, with tears as souvenirs of those remembrances.
In order to bring you into this mystical underworld of Eurydice, our stage designer and constructor Peter Klippell has devised, among other things, a well that will serve as a representation of the river of forgetfulness.
But since this is a more extravagant and elaborate undertaking, we are now coming to you, to ask for your help! As a Thank You for your contributions, we again have a number of selected gifts, ranging from postcards or posters to free tickets to a full night of pampering. So please, check out our crowdfunding campaign here, every cent and every share counts!
Thespians assemble! We’re casting for our new show Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl!
The famous myth of Orpheus reimagined – this play follows his lover Eurydice’s journey to the underworld. After Eurydice dies on the two lovers’ wedding night, Orpheus, consumed with grief, tries to reach her in the land of the dead. While he tries to find a way into the underworld, Eurydice meets her dead father, but all her memories of him and her love have been washed away by the river of forgetfulness. Suspended between life and death, Eurydice tackles themes of love, loss, and connection.
We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to our auditions. Come join the fun on the 4th of May!
English Theatre Leipzig will be holding an open audition for its March production on Saturday, January 26 from 1 to 3 pm at the Neues Schauspiel Leipzig, Lutzner Str. 29. If you want to act, come around and join the fun. No need to prepare anything, just show up. See you there!
As a non-profit organization, English Theatre Leipzig is only focused on creating a product that our audiences can enjoy seeing, and that we can enjoy making. For the members of ETL and everyone that assists in the productions it truly is a labor of love. The company has no salaried employees. However, that does not mean there are no expenses in putting on our shows. Material costs for sets and costumes, printing costs for programs and promotional materials are just a few of the things that ETL must pay for.
Up to now, ETL has always sought, with success, to cover its operating costs through membership dues and the ticket sales from our productions. A number of issues are working against our continued financial stability, but two stick out above the rest. First, as we become more ambitious in the shows that we are putting on, the associated production costs also rise. Bigger set, more technical equipment, larger cast, etc. mean more costs. And second, practically all of the production costs are paid out before one single member of the public can buy a ticket and sit before the stage to see our work. Naturally we plow any profits from one production into the next one (with the possible exception of a small ETL contribution to the members’ parties, which are legendary). But we are always trying to catch up with expenses after the fact.
Therefore, in an attempt to address this problem, we have created a crowdfunding call that is destined to cover the costs of the props and scenery for Proof. To go along with the incredibly good feeling you get from contributing to our production, we have kicked in a few selected gifts based on your level of generosity. So, please go check it out at:
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