2/22/2008

Awesome Opening

We enjoyed a terrific opening night performance.

Unfortunately, due to the weather, the Friday, February 22 performance is cancelled.

2/21/2008

Opening Night!

Opening night is tonight, but I want to thank the few, but proud, who joined us for Press Night last night. Due to the rampant flu virus that took out a few of our ranks, last night was truly our final dress. There were fewer bumps than expected, however.

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.

2/04/2008

Educators! Make Brecht Unplugged a Learning Experience

Bertolt Brecht believed in theater being a learning experience. A place where players and audience alike confronted their world and began to think. The theater was not a place to watch a story unfold and escape from reality, but rather a place to learn about reality.

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

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 Definitions

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