Unfortunately, due to the weather, the Friday, February 22 performance is cancelled.
Word on the street is: we have a show! AND it's good. AND it is thought provoking, which is the point.
Thanks again and good health to the cast for the rest of the run! "Break a leg" seems daunting now, but go ahead. Just keep the fevers down.
Share the experience of Brecht Unplugged with your students, and then share this study guide. Get them thinking about what Brecht was saying about the world we live in.
Courtesy of Elizabeth Mueller, Dramaturg.
Definitions about Brecht: Modernism: A movement which highlights the human ability to create. Progress and the"new" is important and highly valued. This segued into post-modernism where interpretation is up to the individual and critiques established traditionalism. Neue Sachlichkeit: (new sobriety, new objectivity, new matter-of-factness) Brecht's work in the 1920's especially identifies with this approach which values collaboration over the individual. Courtesy of Elizabeth Mueller, Dramaturg.
Brecht is known for creating and implementing several new theatrical techniques. Epic theatre: (also known as "brechtian acting," and "dialectical theatre") This type of theatre is not meant to entertain or present the audience witha false reality, but to present the audience with ideas to provoke discussion andthoughtful self-reflection. Alienation effect: (more closely translated as distancing or estrangement effect) The simplifying of story and theatrical devices is key in helping the audience see the purpose of the piece. By distancing the audience emotionally, they are better able to analyze and discuss the work's ideas rationally. Brecht seeks to oppose the realism and escapism of Stanislavski by using simplified sets and storytelling devices. Historicization: Brecht felt that stories set in the present were too close to be examined objectively. He often wrote plays set in previous times because they helped the audience see the present more clearly. Courtesy of Elizabeth Mueller, Dramaturg