Measures Taken and Other Lehrstucke

ISBN-10: 041337310X

ISBN-13: 9780413373106

Edition: 1977

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The Lehrstucke (or 'learning-plays') lie at the heart of Brechtian theatre Written during 1929 and 1930, years of far-reaching political and economic upheaveal in Germany and the period of Brecht's most sharply Communist works, these short plays show an abrupt rejection of most of the trappings of conventional theatre. The Lehrstucke are spare and highly formalized pieces intended for performance by amateurs, on the principle that the moral and political lessons contained in them can best be taught by participation in an actual production. There is nothing in the drama of this century to match the precision of their language and the economy of their theatrical technique.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 1977
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 12/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.26" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

Bertolt Brecht was born on February 10, 1898 in Augsburg, Bavaria, and died on August 14, 1956. He was a German playwright, theatre director and Marxist. The modest house where he was born is today preserved as a Brecht Museum. Brecht formed a writing collective which became prolific and very influential. He wrote many lyrics for musicals and collaborated with Kurt Weill to create Die Dregroschenoper -- the biggest hit in 1920s Berlin. Brecht experimented with his own theater and company -- the Berliner Ensemble -- which put on his plays under his direction and which continued after his death with the assistance of his wife. Brecht aspired to create political theater, and it is difficult to evaluate his work in purely aesthetic terms. Brecht died in 1956.

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