VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

Bonn Park

German-Korean author and director Bonn Park was born in Berlin in 1987 and named after a city. His distinguished pieces are characterized by a mix of melancholy and humor, which twist prevalent disparities into absurd comic visions of the world.

Park grew up in Berlin and Korea. As a teenager, he saw a staging of Das große Fressen (The Big Feast) by Dimitier Gotscheff at the Berlin Volksbühne. This sparked his interest in theater and led him to the Volksbühne’s youth theater, P14. At the youth theater, he gained his first experiences as an actor, director, and author. He would also go on to assist Frank Castorf and Werner Schroeter.

In 2008, Park began studying slavic languages and literature at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2010, he was admitted to the program for dramatic writing at the Universität der Künste Berlin. He received the Heidelberger Stückemarkt Innovation Prize in the mail for the first piece he wrote in the program, entitled Die Leiden des Jungen Super Mario in 2D (The Sorrows of the Young Super Mario in 2D). The Henschel theater publishing company signed Park in 2013. His play Traurigkeit & Melancholie oder der aller aller einsamste George aller aller Zeiten (Sadness & Melancholy or the Loneliest Loneliest George of All All Time) was awarded the Else-Lasker-Schüler-Dramatikerpreis in 2014, and it premiered in Bonn in June 2015 directed by Mina Salehpour. This was followed by Deutschlandradio Kultur scoring his piece and work commissions from the Berliner Parkaue, the Theater Chemnitz, and the Schauspiel Frankfurt. He received the Essener Autorentage Youth Jury Prize in 2016 for Wir trauern um Bonn Park (We Grieve for Bonn Park). In 2017, he won the first prize in the Stückemarkt at the Berliner Theatertreffen with his play Das Knurren der Milchstraße (The Growl of the Galaxy) and subsequently staged the production himself at the Theater Bielefeld. He has previously directed for the Schauspielhaus Zürich (2014), the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe (2014), the Bielefeld Theater (2017), and the Theater an der Parkaue in Prater Berlin (2015). His plays have been performed in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, and Russia.

Bonn Park lives in Berlin. He has returned to the Volksbühne to develop his opera Drei Milliarden Schwestern (Three Billion Sisters) with the P14 youth theater, marking his first piece for the venue’s main stage.

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