Long list

“… Paul Binnerts’ performances are at the same time precise and nonchalant, complex and transparent…”
“ … bring big themes back to human proportions, which mirror our lives.”

  • Transit, based on the novel by Anna Seghers, Theater Willy Praml/Wu Wei Theater, Naxos Halle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2015.
  • Lost & Found, Westbeth, Home of the Arts New York, directed by Nancy Gabor, New York, 2013.
  • A VERY (c)OLD CASE, Part 1 – Reading at Lark Theater, New York, 2011.
  • Der Mann der…/The Man who… , by Peter Brook/Marie Hélène Estienne/Oliver Sacks. Neues Theater Halle (German premiere), 2007.
  • Man is Man, by Bertolt Brecht,
    Tisch School of Drama, New York University, 2007.
    The Elephant Brigade @ HERE Arts Centre, New York, 2007.
  • Mephisto (2), new adaptation of the novel by Klaus Mann, with songs by Hanns Eisler, Hummelinck Stuurman Producties, Amsterdam 2006, selected for the Dutch Theater Festival 2006.
  • Allein das Meer/Dezelfde Zee 2, with music by Thies Streifinger, Neues Theater Halle (Germany), 2005, selected for Theatertreffen Berlin 2006.
  • The Same Sea/Dezelfde Zee 1, based on the novel by Amos Oz, on invitation by Toni Morrison, with music by Paul Lansky; workshop production The Atelier @ Princeton University, 2004.
  • Big and Little, by Botho Strauss, Haiyuza Theatre Tokyo, Festival 400 years Netherlands-Japan, 2000.
  • Black Box, based on the novel by Amos Oz, Southern Comfort/ Hummelinck Stuurman Producties, Amsterdam, 1999. Biennale Bonn Germany, Festival of new European plays, 2000.
  • King Lear, by William Shakespeare, Theater School, Amsterdam, 1997.
  • Lea’s Wedding/Leedvermaak, by Judith Herzberg, Theater School, Amsterdam, 1996.
  • Ivanov, by A. Chechov, Theater School Amsterdam, 1995.
  • St. Louis Blues, opera by Chiel Meijering, InDependance/Orchestra De Ereprijs, Arnhem 1995.
  • The Tigress/De Tijgerin, based on the novel Die Tigerin by Walter Serner. Southern Comfort/Frascati, Amsterdam, 1990.
  • The Balcony with the Green Kakadu, based on 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, Amsterdam 1988.
  • Forbidden Reproduction /Verboden Reproduktie, based on the novel Love Act by E.M.Austen, Southern Comfort/Baal, Amsterdam 1987.
  • A Map of the World/De toestand in de wereld, by David Hare, Southern Comfort, Maastricht, 1986.
  • Chronicle of a death foretold, based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with music by Christoph Anders. Schlicksupp teatertrupp, Frankfurt am Main, 1985.
  • Don Perlimplin, by F. Garcia Lorca, Schlicksupp teatertrupp, Frankfurt am Main, 1984.
  • UBU, by Alfred Jarry, Het Vervolg. Maastricht 1984.
  • Mephisto (1), adaptation by Ariane Mnouchkine of the novel by Klaus Mann, with music by Jean Lambrechts, Theater School Maastricht, 1983.
  • Flametti, an original ‘montage’ play based on poems and documents of the DADA-movement and the novel by Hugo Ball, with music by Annemarie Roelofs, Schlicksupp teatertrupp in collaboration with the Rotterdamse Toneelraad, Frankfurt am Main, 1982. Recklinghauser Ruhrfestspiele, Salzburger Festspiele. HR/ARD-TV 1985.
  • Drei Frauen, based on a fragmentary filmscenario by Alexander Kluge, with music by Annemarie Roelofs. Schicksupp teatertrupp, Frankfurt am Main, 1981. Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Recklinghauser Ruhrfestspiele.
  • Fear and Misery in the Third Reich/Angst und Elend im Dritten Reich by Bertolt Brecht, with music by Jean Lambrechts a.o., Theater School Maastricht, 1981, KRO-TV 1983.
  • The Breadshop/Der Brotladen by Bertolt Brecht, with music by Alfred Harth, Schlicksupp teatertrupp, Frankfurt am Main, 1980. Festival of Fools Amsterdam, Berliner Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen. Recklinghauser Ruhrfestspiele.
  • Saint Joan of the Stockyards, by Bertolt Brecht, with music by Heiner Goebbels. Theater am Turm, Frankfurt am Main, 1979
  • Didactic plays by Bertolt Brecht:
    - The exception and the rule/Die Ausnahme und die Regel, with music by Heiner Goebbels, THE ON (c) E AND ONLY THEATER GROUP, Frankfurt am Main/Berlin, 1976.
    - The Measures Taken/Die Massnahme; with music by Louis Andriessen, Director’s Department Amsterdam Theatre School, 1972.
  • The building of the Union Pacific Railway, an installation performance, in collaboration with Albert Hunt/Bradford College of Art, Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park London, 1972.

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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.’