​Martin Sperr

From 1962 to 1964 Martin Sperr (*1944 – 2002) attended the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna, before moving to the Genzmer School of Acting in Wiesbaden where he passed his acting examination. His first play “Jagdszenen aus Niederbayern” was published in 1965 and first performed at the Theater Bremen the following year. The play, however, experienced its breakthrough with its presentation at the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer Berlin, where Martin Sperr assumed the role of Rovo. Together with the dramas “Landshuter Erzählungen” and “Münchner Kindl” it forms a trilogy dealing with twenty years of German post-war history.
In 1967 August Everding brought Martin Sperr as actor and in-house author to the Münchner Kammerspiele. Subsequently he worked at different theaters in Munich. Martin Sperr was honored with numerous awards including the Ernst-Hoferichter-Preis (1977) as well as the Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis (1978). Together with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Franz Xaver Kroetz and Felix Mitterer, he is regarded as one of the most important authors of the new folk play in the tradition of Ödön von Horváth and Marieluise Fleißer.