Objective: Author: Bertolt Brecht. Today's class introduces the play The Threepenny Opera and the playwright, Bertolt Brecht. Bertolt Brecht, (February 1898 -14 August 1956) is a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. An influential theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht makes equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production. From his late twenties Brecht remains a life-long committed Marxist who, in developing the combined theory and practice of his 'epic theatre', exploring the theatre as a forum for political ideas and the creation of a critical aesthetics of dialectical materialism. Brecht's modernist concern with drama-as-a-medium leads to his refinement of the 'epic form' of the drama. Brecht creates an influential theory of theatre--the epic theatre--that proposes that a play should not cause the spectator to identify emotionally with the characters or action before him or her, but should instead provoke rational self-reflection and a critical view of the...
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