All the plays

Original plays, adaptations of novels, and plays on the basis of literary and documentary sources:

  • Lost & Found, original play at the first anniversary of hurricane Sandy (2012).
  • A Very (c) Old Case, Parts 1 and 2, two plays about the never solved murders of Adriaen van der Donck and Cornelis van Tienhoven, in 1654 and 1655, during the rule of the West India Company over the settlement New Amsterdam/Manhattan/New Netherland. 2011.
  • Mephisto, new adaptation of the novel by Klaus Mann, Hummelinck Stuurman, Amsterdam 2006. Het Theaterfestival, 2006
  • The Same Sea/Allein das Meer based on the novel by Amos Oz, Neues Theater, Halle, 2005 (DE). Selected for the Theatertreffen, Berlin, 2006. German translation by Eva Pieper.
  • The Same Sea, The Atelier Princeton University, on invitation by Toni Morrison, Princeton 2004.
  • Black Box based on the novel by Amos Oz, Southern Comfort/Hummelinck Stuurman, Amsterdam, 1999. Biennale Bonn, New Plays from Europe/Neue Stücke aus Europa, Bonn 2000. German translation by Monika Thé, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2000.
  • St. Louis Blues, original libretto for opera by Chiel Meijering, about the last cruise ship of the Hamburg-America Line, leaving Germany with 900 deported Jewish people on board. InDependance/Orkest De Ereprijs, Arnhem, 1995.
  • The Tigress based on the novel by Walter Serner, Southern Comfort/Frascati, Amsterdam, 1990.
  • The Balcony with the Green Cacadu, adaptation of the plays by Jean Genet and Arthur Schnitzler, Theater van het Oosten, Arnhem, 1989.
  • Kassandra based on the novel by Christa Wolf, Southern Comfort/Frascati, 1988.
  • März based on the novel by Heinar Kipphardt, Southern Comfort/Baal, Amsterdam, 1988.
  • Forbidden Reproduction based on the novel Love Act van M.E. Austen, Southern Comfort/Baal, Amsterdam, 1987.
  • Last resort, original play, De Kompaan, Amsterdam, 1987.
  • Chronicle of a death foretold, based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Schlicksupp teatertrupp, Frankfurt am Main, 1985.
  • Flametti, original play about the DADA-movement, based on documents, poetry and the novel Flametti by Hugo Ball, created by collective of director and actors of Schlicksupp Teatertrupp, Frankfurt am Main/Rotterdam, 1983.
  • Hunger Year (1566), original play on the basis of historical material about the 80-year war between Holland and Spain, and the preceding years, Theater Institute University Utrecht, for 400 years Union of Utrecht, 1978.
  • Figures from Contemporary History based on the novel The Lost Honor of Kathrin Blum by Heinrich Böll, Theater Institute University Utrecht, 1977.
  • ‘You never see a headline about a breadline today’, montage-performance in the form of a dance marathon, on the basis of material about the Great Depression and the recession of the seventies in Engeland, in collaboration with Albert Hunt, Bradford College of Art, Bradford UK, 1974.
  • The Comedy about the Servant of Two Masters, adaptation of the play by Carlo Goldoni. De Nieuwe Komedie, Den Haag, 1973.
  • The building of the Union Pacific Railway, montage-performance on the basis of historical material on the Civil War (1860-1864), the building of the first transcontinental railway through America, and the extermination of the Indians, in collaboration with Albert Hunt, Bradford College of Art, Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park, London, 1972.
  • Jests, Satire, and a Deeper Meaning, adaptation of the play by Christan-Dietrich Grabbe, StAUT (Stichting Amsterdams Universitair Toneel), Amsterdam, 1967.

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  • Het Leugenlabyrint (Eng. Labyrinth of Lies), a novel, Prometheus, Amsterdam, 2021.


‘The Hague, May 9th 1940. Bert Meijer van Leer becomes the proud owner of a German motorbike. Little does he know that the motorbike, a Zündapp, will save his life and cause his downfall. On May 10th the German army invades Holland. On that day Emmeke, Bert’s sister, celebrates her birthday. Emmeke and Bert are Jewish, but not practicing. Bert has been baptized and marries Lien who is Protestant. Emmeke is married to Joost, who isn’t Jewish either and anti-religious out of principle. Ingredients for a fatal chain of events.

Their ‘mixed marriages’ can’t protect them against the measures the Germans take against the Jews: excluding them from the society they live in through registration and public humiliation by forcing them to wear the Star of David; and, if they don’t comply, arrest, imprisonment, and deportation to a concentration camp.

In Labyrinth of Lies author Paul Binnerts witnesses how the Germans slowly tighten the screws. His characters are facing decisions, of which only afterwards can be said they were the wrong decisions. The only thing he can do is keeping them company.’