Plurality of Privacy in 5 minute plays

The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington and the EUNIC Cluster Washington DCis a groundbreaking transatlantic theater project focused on the value of privacy across the US and Europe. Five theaters in the US and ten in Europe are participating in the project. The project contains the central question “What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?"

The writer and translator Clemens J. Setz wrote Austria’s contribution “Leitgeb” to the P3M5 project. Born in 1982 in Graz, Austria, he is fascinated with the new possibilities of digital technology and is a passionate lover of language, especially artificial language. He has already published a number of novels that have been translated into 15 languages. His works received various awards, including the 2015 Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize.

The Schauspielhaus Graz is one of the largest theaters in Austria. It plays a major role in the German-speaking theatrical world. Their program ranges from classical plays, light comedies and musicals to more contemporary forms such as site-specific work and documentary theater.

Play Synopsis: A young man has set up a garage sale to get rid of some extra things, including a t-shirt with identification information that his grandfather with Alzheimer’s used to wear in case he got lost. A woman who wants to buy the shirt at the sale faces now a moral dilemma.

Have a look on the Goethe Institut website and check out the other 15 initial films. #p3m5


The project is now moving into the performance phase, and the  weeks have seen the first two P3M5 events on the US side.

In Williamsburg, VA, several films were screened as part of the Global Film Festival at the College of William & Mary and several plays were staged in and around venues of the festival by theatre students from the college. Festival patrons were surprised to discover plays about privacy happening all around them!

In Middlebury, VT, Middlebury College theatre students partnered with community actors to present P3M5 at the Vermont Coffee Company’s Playhouse. The audience of over 60 watched readings of the plays and then participated in a post-show discussion on the value of privacy.

US events continue in March and April, including two in California: one at B Street Theatre in Sacramento and another at City Lights Theatre Company in San Jose. In addition, the P3M5 project and some films will be presented at the 61st International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications (IWGDPT), a major conference of privacy experts, taking place in Washington next month.

European events kick off this month in Brussels with our theatrical partner KVS and NGO partner Access Now. KVS will be showing several P3M5 films while Access Now’s RightsCon event is being held in the city March 29-31.

For further information and details about all the upcoming events follow #p3m5 on Twitter, Instagram or visit the homepage.