Other Literary Forms
Although Tankred Dorst is known primarily as a dramatist, he has written essays and other prose works that he often used as springboards for his plays. In addition to serious drama, he has extensively written and produced plays for children and fables for grownups, some of which were performed in puppet theaters. Dorst is also known for his radio plays and scripts for television, and in the 1970’s and 1980’s, he distinguished himself in the German film industry by writing and directing motion pictures. Dorst has supplied libretti for several operas and ballets and translated several plays from the French and English. His 1962 article “Die Bühne ist der absolut Ort” (the stage is the unequivocal place) contains Dorst’s views of the theater, its role, its relationship to reality, and the theatrical devices he employs.