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Herr Puntila Und Sein Knecht Matti

Author: Bertolt Brecht
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518739654
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Der Gutsbesitzer Puntila ist nüchtern ein Ausbeuter und betrunken ein Menschenfreund. Nüchtern will Puntila seine Tochter mit einem Aristokraten verheiraten; er ist nicht betrunken, als er einsieht, daß der Schwächling kein Mann für das Mädchen ist; aber die Einsicht veranlaßt ihn, sich zu betrinken. Als schließlich doch der Knecht Matti zum Schwiegersohn bestimmt wird, unterzieht Matti die Tochter des Reichen einem Examen, in dem sie beweisen soll, ob sie ihn glücklich machen kann oder nicht. In einer grotesken Schlußszene werden die Motive zusammengefaßt: arm und reich können nicht zusammenkommen.

Saint Joan Of The Stockyards

Author: Bertolt Brecht
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN: 9780413653307
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In this version of the story of Joan of Arc, Brecht transforms her into 'Joan Dark', a member of the 'Black Straw Hats' (a Salvation Army-like group) in twentieth century Chicago. The play charts Joan's battle with Pierpont Mauler, the unctuous owner of a meat-packing plant. Like her predecessor, Joan is a doomed woman, a martyr and (initially, at least) an innocent in a world of strike-breakers, fat cats, and penniless workers. Like many of Brecht's plays it is laced with humor and songs as part of its epic dramaturgical structure. The play, which was never staged in Brecht's lifetime, is published here with a new translation, a full introduction and Brecht's own notes on the text.

Brecht Collected Plays 6

Author: Bertolt Brecht
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408177439
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Published by Methuen Drama, the collected dramatic works of Bertolt Brecht are presented in the most comprehensive and authoritative editions of Brecht's plays in the English language. This sixth volume of Brecht's Collected Plays contains three plays he wrote while in exile during the early stages of the Second World War. In Brecht's famous parable The Good Person of Szechwan, the gods come to earth in search of a thoroughly good person. No one can be found until they meet Shen Te, a prostitute with a heart of gold. Rewarded by the gods, she gives up her profession and buys a tabacco shop but finds it is impossible to survive as a good person in a corrupt world without the support of her ruthless alter ego Shui Ta. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a savage satire on the rise of Hitler, wittily transposed to gangland Chicago. Brecht's compelling parable continues to have relevance wherever totalitarianism appears today. Written in 1940 during Brecht's exile in Finland, Puntila is one of his greatest creations, to be ranked alongside Galileo and Mother Courage. A hard-drinking Finnish landowner, Puntila suffers from a divided personality: when drunk he is human and humane; when sober, surly and self-centred. The play contains some of the best comedy Brecht wrote for the theatre. The translations are ideal for both study and performance. The volume is accompanied by a full introduction and notes by the series editor John Willett and includes Brecht's own notes and relevant texts as well as all the important textual variants.

A Guide To The Plays Of Bertolt Brecht

Author: Stephen Unwin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408150328
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Stephen Unwin's A Guide to the Plays of Bertolt Brecht is an indispensable, comprehensive and highly readable companion to the dramatic work of this challenging and rewarding writer. Besides providing detailed accounts of nineteen key plays, it explores their context and Brecht's dramatic theory to equip readers with a rich understanding of how Brecht's work was shaped by his times and by his evolving thinking about the function of theatre. Bertolt Brecht's work as a director, his critical and theoretical writing, and above all the remarkable plays that emerged from one of the most turbulent periods in history have had a profound and lasting influence on theatre. Central to theatre studies courses and whose plays are frequently revived on stage, Brecht is nevertheless perceived as a difficult writer. This companion is divided into two sections: the first seven chapters outline the tumultuous historical, cultural and theatrical context of Brecht's work. They explore his theatrical theory and provide an account of his approach to staging his plays which informs an understanding of how they work in practice. The second section provides an analysis of nineteen plays in six chronological groupings, each prefaced by a brief sketch of Brecht's life and theatrical development in that period. For each play, Stephen Unwin offers a synopsis, a critical commentary and an account of the work in performance. The book concludes with an examination of Brecht's legacy and a chronicle of his life and times. Written by experienced theatre director Stephen Unwin, this is the perfect companion to Brecht's plays and life for student and theatre practitioner alike.

Fritz Bennewitz In India

Author: Joerg Esleben
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1487500386
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5" Perspectives from Bennewitz's Partners in India -- Amal Allana -- Samik Bandyopadhyay -- Akshara, K.V. -- Prasanna -- Anuradha Kapur -- 6" Essays on Bennewitz in India -- Intersections: Fritz Bennewitz's Biography and His Intercultural Work -- Bennewitz in India: Politics, Brecht, and the Human Touch -- Conclusion -- Chronology of Bennewitz's Stays and Projects in South Asia and of His Indian Projects in Germany -- Glossary of Theatre Terms, Institutions, and Cultural References -- Bibliography -- Index

Aleksis Kivi And As World Literature

Author: Douglas Robinson
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004340262
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In Aleksis Kivi and/as World Literature Douglas Robinson tracks the global reception of Aleksis Kivi (1834-1872) as a wedge for exploring the nature and boundaries of world literature, and the contributions made by translators to it.

A History Of The Berliner Ensemble

Author: David Barnett
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316240371
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The Berliner Ensemble was founded by Bertolt Brecht and his wife Helene Weigel in 1949. The company soon gained international prominence, and its productions and philosophy influenced the work of theatre-makers around the world. David Barnett's book is the first study of the company in any language. Based on extensive archival research, it uncovers Brecht's working methods and those of the company's most important directors after his death. The book considers the boon and burden of Brecht's legacy, and provides new insights into battles waged behind the scenes for the preservation of the Brechtian tradition. The Berliner Ensemble was also the German Democratic Republic's most prestigious cultural export, attracting attention from the highest circles of government, and from the Stasi, before it privatised itself after German reunification in 1990. Barnett pieces together a complex history that sheds light on both the company's groundbreaking productions and their turbulent times.