Hartmut Lange was born in Berlin-Spandau in 1937, he studied theatrical production at the Babelsberg Film Institute. In 1960, he received an appointment as theatrical producer at the Deutsches Theater in East Berlin. He made a trip to Yugoslavia just before the first performance of his play, Marski, and decided not to return to the former East Germany. Settling in West Berlin, he worked at the Halleschen Ufer Theatre and, in the 70s, as theatrical producer and director at the Schiller and Schloßpark Theatres. Hartmut Lange writes plays, essays and prose. He received the Italo-Svevo Prize, 2003.