The Measures Taken and Other Lehrstucke (Modern Plays) (Paperback)

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By Bertolt Brecht, Ralph Manheim (Editor), Ralph Manheim (Translator)
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Description


The Lehrst cke (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 Lehrst cke 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 the twentieth century to match the precision of their language and the economy of their theatrical technique.

About the Author


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose work has had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include Mother Courage and Her Children, The Threepenny Opera, Life of Galileo, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780413373106
ISBN-10: 041337310X
Publisher: Methuen Drama
Publication Date: October 11th, 2006
Pages: 80
Language: English
Series: Modern Plays