Alexandra Koch is this year’s recipient of the “Peter Turini Dramatist Scholarship*”. The writer received a prize of 12,000 euros as part of the “Play Festival” at the State Theater in St. Polten for her text “Or the Quietest Day”.
“The play is about being a woman and a mother in a very original way,” the jury’s statement on the grant said. Alexandra Koch was able to “transmit the images of today’s show of women’s lives in clear, precise and at the same time with an absurdly funny fantasy.” Moreover: “Behind the partly fairy tale, partly ancient motifs, a strong yearning for freedom and anarchy emerges and opens up surprising and complex intellectual spaces.”
The play will be premiered on May 6, 2023 by director Sebastian Schimbuck at the Theater Workshop at the Landestheater. Alexandra Koch is currently attending a master’s degree at the Institute of Language Arts in Vienna. To date, she has been awarded the Mira Lobe Scholarship and the Rauris Prize for Literature, among others.
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The jury consisted of Andreas Karlaganes (chief playwright at the Burgtheater Theater in Vienna), Marie Rützer, artistic director of the Landestheater Niederösterreich, Julia Staten (literary promotion of the province of Lower Austria) and actress Ursula Strauss. The competition was organized in cooperation with the Drama Panorama of Berlin and the Drama Forum of uniT Graz as well as the Department of Arts and Culture of the Lower Austrian State.
The Theater Scholarship* innen-Scholarship has been awarded since 2012 and most recently went to Teresa Dopler (2019). The audience award went to collective Italian authors Emanuele Giorgetti and Eliana Rotella for the text “Rhizome”. The “Peter Turini Theatrical Award” was awarded for the fourth time. The stipend is intended to give winners “the opportunity to devote themselves extensively to accomplishing dramatic work for several months.”
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