Alvis Hermanis-Directed Play Platonov to Be Honored at Theatertreffen in Berlin

Latvian theater director Alvis Hermanis’s 2011 staging of Anton Chekhov's Platonov at Burgtheater Wien has been selected for an award at the annual Berliner Theatertreffen event as one of the best productions in a German language-speaking country.

Berliner Theatertreffen is one of the multitude of events that make up Berliner Festspiele, held each year in May. Out of 400 German language productions seen, ten are selected by an independent jury of theater critics for final consideration.

Hermanis, with his Platonov (stage design by Monika Pormale), has earned finalist honors for the first time.

In Latvia, Hermanis is the award-winning artistic director and chief director of the New Rīga Theater (Jaunais Rīgas teātris), where he has won numerous honors for his innovative work. Many of his plays explore the fine points of the Latvian character and psyche, often using innovative dramatic techniques, such as parts written entirely by the actors and based on actual people. His work has earned accolades at festivals throughout Europe.