During the last decade the contemporary author Felix Mitterer has grown steadily in both critical and popular acclaim, emerging as one of the most popular playwrights in German-speaking Europe today. His dramas are performed regularly on all of the major stages in Germany and Austria, and his television plays and series attract large audiences. In recent years Mitterer's works have also begun to attract serious interest abroad: they have been translated into twelve different languages.
This critical introduction, the companion piece to the recently published plays in English (Siberia and Other Plays, 1994, and The Wild Woman and Other Plays, 1995), introduces this important writer to an English-speaking audience. Because the topics dealt with in his plays have universal human validity and appeal, there is every reason to believe that Felix Mitterer will find the same resonance in the English-speaking world that he has received at home.