Caspar-Maria Russo, born in 1994, studies comparative literature in Vienna. In 2017 he was invited to the 38th Youth Theatre Meeting with his production Das bin ich nicht (Theater-AG Waldorf-Schule Freiburg-Rieselfeld). As part of the DJ collective Trio Medusa, which spins monthly on Orange FM, he reads his own short stories. He received three grants from the Franz-Edelmaier-Residenz for literature and human rights for his novel Ein Spielmann jagt den nächsten. Gala is his first play for S. Fischer Verlag.