Oliver Frljić was born in 1976 in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He works as a director, author, actor and theorist in Croatia, where he studied philosophy, religious studies and directing. His productions have garnered him several awards and invitations to international festivals, including the Wiener Festwochen for his 2010 production Mrzim istinu! (I hate the truth!), and the Heidelberger Stückemarkt new play festival for Black Box Schule, developed at Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf. From 2014-2016 he served as the artistic director of the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka. In early 2016 he announced that he was resigning out of protest against Croatian cultural policy. Oliver Frljić is part of a Szenen-Wechsel project (Change of Scene, a Robert Bosch Foundation programme) with the HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
In 2017, his play Klatwa (The Curse) was invited to stage two shows at the Maxim Gorki Theater. His first play for the Gorki Gorki - Alternative für Deutschland? premiered on March 15th, 2018. Later that year, his play Damned be the traitor of his homeland!, which was first staged at the Mladinsko Theater in Ljubljana, was invited to Gorki’s War or Peace Festival. On February 8th, his second Gorki play Ein Bericht für eine Akademie based on Franz Kafka’s story will be staged for the first time.
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