Alexander Eisenach was born in Berlin and studied Theatre Studies and German Literature in Leipzig and Paris. He then worked as an Assistant Director at the Centraltheater Leipzig. In 2013/2014 he was a member of the Directors’ Studio at Schauspiel Frankfurt, where his first play «The Life of Joyless Pleasure» received its world premiere in 2014. In 2015/2016 he was awarded a grant by the Writers’ Studio at Schauspiel Frankfurt. He has worked as a freelance director since 2014 at theatres including Schauspiel Hannover, Schauspielhaus Graz, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and the Berliner Ensemble. His production of the «The Cold Whiff of Money» won him the Kurt Hübner Directing Prize in 2016. Between 2016 and 2019 Eisenach was Resident Director at Schauspiel Hannover under the artistic directorship of Lars-Ole Walburg. His most recent works include «Vernon Subutex» after Virginie Despentes at Schauspielhaus Graz, both «Felix Krull» and «Hour of the Con-Men. The Krull Principle» at the Berliner Ensemble and «The Emperor of California» at the Berlin Volksbühne.
When Goethe set «Götz von Berlichingen» down on paper in 1771 in a true writing frenzy, the 22-year-old writer was still a complete unknown. This came to an abrupt end with the publication of «Götz», as suddenly the young poet was being talked about everywhere. Goethe’s early work is a powerful stage epic with over fifty locations, several plots running in parallel and a huge cast of characters. What is more: Goethe dispensed with all the customary conventions that 18th century drama had been using up to that point.Götz von Berlichingen