A Guide to the Plays of Bertolt Brecht

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-08-02
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
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A guide to all of Brecht's key plays that sets them in their historical, dramaturgical and political contexts Stephen Unwin provides a clear and readable guide to Brecht's plays that will prove invaluable to the student, teacher and theatre practitioner. Grouping and analysing plays chronologically according to their context, Unwin also considers Brecht's theory and looks at his impact and the legacy that he left. The Guide covers: * Three Early Plays and Expressionism * Two Music Theatre Pieces and Kurt Weill * Marxism and the Theatre * Opposition Plays * Five Great Plays * A Late Masterpiece * Theory and Practice * Brecht's LegacyWritten by the Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre and the author of a range of theatre studies books, this is a perfect companion to the plays of Brecht for the student and theatre practitioner.

Author Biography

Stephen Unwin is Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre.

Table of Contents

The dark timesp. 1
Brecht : playwright, poet and artistp. 14
Politics, economics and a new moralityp. 27
Art and culturep. 35
Towards a Marxist theatrep. 42
Key concepts of Brecht's theatrical theoryp. 57
Staging Brechtp. 65
Four early playsp. 76
Baalp. 79
Drums in the nightp. 85
In the jungle of the citiesp. 91
Man equals manp. 99
Two music-theatre pieces and Kurt Weillp. 108
The threepenny operap. 110
The rise and fall of the city of Mahagonnyp. 118
Marxism and the theatrep. 121
Saint Joan of the stockyardsp. 127
The decisionp. 137
The motherp. 144
Opposition playsp. 158
Fear and misery of the Third Reichp. 154
Senora Carrar's riflesp. 163
The resistible rise of Arturo Uip. 169
Schweyk in the Second World Warp. 178
Five great playsp. 187
Life of Galileop. 188
The good person of Szechwanp. 199
Mother courage and her childrenp. 207
Mr. Puntila and his man Mattip. 216
The Caucasian chalk circlep. 222
A late masterpiecep. 233
The days of the communep. 237
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