First produced in 1998 at the famous Vienna Burgtheater, the remarkable and provocative Sports Play by Austrian playwright Elfriede Jelinek is a postdramatic theatrical exploration of the making, marketing and sale of the human body and of emotions in sport. It explores contemporary society’s obsession with fitness and body culture bringing into sharp focus our need to belong to a group, a team or a nation. Sport is seen as a form of war in peacetime
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About the Author
Jelinek’s theatre plays have addressed topics such as gender and class inequality, racism and xenophobia, right wing populism and the repression of a national socialist legacy in Austria, the war in Iraq and the global financial crisis. Lacking a plot and psychological characters, the texts work with language in a playful and musical fashion that brings out surprising truths. Widely performed, her plays’ challenging and experimental nature has inspired directors to create their own postdramatic interpretations.