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Bertolt Brecht

not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it." Bertolt Brecht. Bertolt Brecht is one of the most influential theatre practitioners of the last century. Brecht believed that the theatre's purpose was to educate. Brecht wanted to evoke critical attitudes in his audiences; he introduced theatrical devices that were designed to challenge the audiences unthinking emotional involvement with productions. Brecht was strongly influenced by the political and cultural ideals associated...

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Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht, [from] "Alienation Effects in Chinese Acting" [The following remarks are just a few of B.B.'s many on the "alienation effect" (Verfremdungseffekt) that he sought in the creation of his "epic theatre" and the direction of his plays. We'll discuss it in connection with the stagecraft of Arturo Ui when we read that play. But try a thought-experiment. Do any of these remarks seem, uncannily, to apply directly to the character Richard of Gloucester / King Richard when we meet on the page...

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Bertolt Brecht; the Epic Theorist

December 1, 2012 THE1000 Bertolt Brecht; The Epic Theorist Bertolt Brecht was a poet, a playwright, and an influential leader of theatre in the 20th century. Berthold Brecht was born in East Germany in 1898. His first play, Baal, was written while Brecht was a medical student in Munich. His first success, ‘Drums in the Night’ was written while serving as a medical orderly in World War I. It earned him Germany’s highest award for dramatic writing, the Kleist Prize. That was the beginning of...

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Bertolt Brecht Essay

with one goal in mind; to influence people. Without a doubt Bertold Brecht was one of the most influential play writers in the history of theatre. Brecht held a Marxist point of view, and while living in Germany during the reign of Hitler he was exiled on accord of his heavily controversial plays. After being exiled from Germany, Bertolt Brecht moved to America where his most famous play today; Mother Courage and her children. Brecht developed his own style of drama, Brecht’s Epic Theatre techniques...

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Biography of Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was born to a middle-class family in Ausburg, Bavaria. After attending the University of Munich, he moved to Berlin, the center of contemporary German cultural life, and found work as assistant dramaturge at the Deustches Theater in 1924. There, he achieved his first great success in 1928 with the production of his Threepenny Opera, the most famous of his many collaborations with composer Kurt Weill. This modern morality tale on gangsters and capitalists won him massive...

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Literary Analysis on Bertolt Brecht

Cameron Olson COM 112-02 The Brechtian Authority Bertolt Brecht, a key German dramatist, playwright, poet and director of the twentieth century developed what became known as epic, or nondramatic, theater. Brecht's overall idea was that drama should not model real life, or try to convince audiences that what they are watching is actually occurring, but instead should mimic the art of the epic playwright and simply present a story of past events. Brecht’s theory is fully explained in...

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Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

consequences, even if those consequences were death. In Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, the reader is presented with a man who is driven to seek scientific truths, while also working with the society/Church that would berate him for his studies and findings. The following paper utilizes the story of Galileo as a foundation for discussing the difficulties of scientists who seek the truth when it conflicts with the ideas of the society. Galileo by Bertolt Brecht Brecht's play actually comes in apparently two...

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Acting to Change the World, Bertolt Brecht

Acting to Change the World Theatre as a tool for social change? Certainly, according to Brecht. A realisation that “The world is out of joint, certainly and it will take powerful movements to manipulate it all back again”, convinced Bertolt Brecht that his role in fixing the world’s wrongs was to use theatre as a tool for social change. Rather than accepting conventional notions of theatre that, to his view, merely pretended to be reality and sought empathy from the audience, he chose to...

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Brecht: Bertolt Brecht is one of the most influential figures in Twentieth century theatre — changing forever the way we do theatre. Bertolt Brecht was born in Augsburg, Germany, on 10 February, 1898. He started writing and publishing by the age of 16 (news commentary, poems and short stories). And had his first plays published in 1922 at the age of 24. Was married to the famous actress Helene Weigel, who was his life-long companion and co-writer/director. They set up their own company, the...

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Brecht uses epic theatre to bring forth an idea or meaning for the audience to consider while entertaining the audience. Epic theatre involves the use of alienation techniques to distance the viewer from the story but still concentrate on the overall meaning. The person who just views the story would likely take it as fantasy and not reach the true depth of the play. Brecht shocks the viewer by making the events and actions in the play "strange and abstract" this contrasts...

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