Jeff Baron, American author of VISITING
MR. GREEN, is named winner of the 2001
Kulturpreis Europa, to be presented in
Vienna on October 13.
Cologne, Germany – October 1: Dieter Topp,
President of KulturForum Europa announced
that the 2001 KulturPreis Europa has been
awarded to Jeff Baron, for his play Visiting
Mr. Green, (Besuch bei Mr. Green) in its
production by Theater in der Josefstadt in
Vienna. Baron is the first American and the
first playwright to receive this prestigious
award, which he shares with the director of
the play, Franz Morak, and the two actors,
Fritz Muliar and Michael Dangl.
The KulturPreis Europa has been awarded annually since 1992 to
someone from the arts, politics or economics in recognition of a
contribution to European culture that promotes tolerance across
national and societal borders.
The award proclamation cites Jeff Baron and his collaborators on
Visiting Mr. Green as "persons who commit their strength and
resources to make others aware that Europe has the potential to
serve as a model of peaceful coexistence between a wide variety
of people whose differences are seen as valuable gifts, not
something foreign that should generate fear or be combatted."
Previous winners have included Antonio Bassolino, the mayor of
Naples; 3sat, the German communications satellite; Avraham
Primor, Israeli Ambassador to Germany; and Dr. Pasqual Maragall,
the mayor of Barcelona. The prize will be awarded in Vienna on
October 11 after a special performance of Visiting Mr. Green that
will be attended by Dr. Thomas Klestil, the President of Austria,
and other dignitaries.
Visiting Mr. Green was part of the repertory at Josefstadt, one of
Vienna’s leading theatres for the past two seasons, during which it
also toured in Italy and Germany and was nationally broadcast on
Austrian television. The Josefstadt production featured Austrian
acting legend Fritz Muliar and young theatre star Michael Dangl,
who are co-winners of the KulturPreis Europa 2001 with author Jeff
Baron and director Franz Morak, formerly artistic director of
Theater in der Josefstadt and currently Undersecretary of State of
Visiting Mr. Green is the first play of playwright Jeff Baron. It
originally starred Eli Wallach, and ran for a year at New York’s
Union Square Theatre. It has received an unusual number of
translations and major international productions for a contemporary
American play. For more information, please contact Chris Rabe at
the press office of KulturForum Europa in Cologne 49-2424-940427
Fritz Muliar, the Austrian Mr. Green
with Jeff Baron, the night they
received the 2001 Kulterpreis Europa.