Bertolt Brecht News

Date Of Birth:
February 10, 1898
Date Of Death:
August 14, 1956 (58)
Birth Place:
Augsburg, GERMANY
Gender:
Male
BWW Reviews: Photographic Immersion at CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS: THE PRODUCTION LINE OF HAPPINESS
by Patrick Kennedy - Sep 29, 2014

The Museum of Modern Art offers a brainy, beautiful retrospective of photographer Christopher Williams--with a lot of high-concept guidance from Williams himself. (more...)

Conor McPherson's New Adaptation of THE DANCE OF DEATH to Kick Off 10/18 at A Noise Within
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, continues its 2014-2015 REVOLUTIONary season with The Dance of Death by August Strindberg in a new adaptation by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, which opens on Saturday, October 18 and runs through Sunday, November 23, 2014. (more...)

Berliner Ensemble, Robert Wilson, and Rufus Wainwright to Bring SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS to BAM, 10/7-12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

The Bard is more modern and alive than ever in visionary Robert Wilson's Shakespeare's Sonnets, a contemporary take on 25 specially chosen sonnets from Shakespeare's canon. Set to a sweeping score composed by the renowned Rufus Wainwright, a genre-bending mix of medieval German Minnesang, classical, pop, and cabaret rock is performed by Bertolt Brecht's historic Berliner Ensemble. The sonnets were pared down and selected by Berliner dramaturge Jutta Ferbers who deftly adapted these captivating poems that were not originally intended for the theater. The production was first staged in Berlin in 2009 for the fourth centennial of the publishing of the sonnets. The production's world premiere was in April 2009 in Berlin and still runs in the Berliner Ensemble's repertory. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 17th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Sep 17, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. '50 Shades' joins the fall-winter lineup at the Broadway Playhouse, 'Stomp' and 'Rain' join BIC, Halloween musicals begin, two sketch musicals at pH, the Muellers and Mason headline FWD's gala, Weill and Porter shows prepare to open, and Barbra goes for six straight decades! (more...)

Lucie Pohl's HI, HITLER to Make West End Debut, September 10
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Following a smash-hit Edinburgh debut, US actress, comedian and writer Lucie Pohl takes her 5-star solo show 'Hi, Hitler', directed by Solo Nova's Jessi D. Hill, to the Leicester Square Theatre in London for one night only, after having made her Edinburgh Festival debut at the prestigious Gilded Balloon in August. Lucie's heil-arious autobiographical solo comedy unravels the life of a German-Jewish immigrant girl, fascinated by Der Fuhrer at age 4. (more...)

The Shakespeare Theatre to Offer Reading of THE PHYSICISTS, 9/22
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, one of the nation's leading classic theatres, will present a staged reading of The Physicists by Friedrich Durrenmatt, translated by James Kirkup, and directed by Brian B. Crowe as part of the Lend Us Your Ears Reading Series on September 22 at 7 p.m. The play explores the notion that the quest for new discoveries and knowledge often comes at a dear cost, with high stake responsibilities and consequences. The Reading Series offers audiences the opportunity to join Shakespeare Theatre directors, actors, and artistic staff as they explore diverse and compelling plays. Single tickets to each reading are $18 for adults and $10 for students. For more information about Lend Us Your Ears, visit ShakespeareNJ.org or call the Box Office at 973-408-5600. (more...)

FringeNYC Winner ABSOLUTELY FILTHY Joins Encore Series, 10/1-5 at SoHo Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

Absolutely Filthy, the winner of 3 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Awards (Overall Play, Actor and Audience Favorite) will join the 10th Annual FringeNYC Encore Series. This unauthorized parody of the classic cartoon Peanuts which envisions what the beloved characters might be like in their 30's will run October 1-5 at SoHo Playhouse. (more...)

THE VALLEY OF ASTONISHMENT Begins 9/14 at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

The United States premiere of the internationally acclaimed new work written and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne, The Valley of Astonishment, featuring Kathryn Hunter (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Kafka's Monkey), Marcello Magni (Fragments), and Jared McNeill (The Suit), begins previews Sunday, September 14, at 7:30pm for an opening Thursday, September 18,at 7:30pm and a run through Sunday, October 5, at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place. (more...)

THE VALLEY OF ASTONISHMENT Begins 9/14 at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

The United States premiere of the internationally acclaimed new work written and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne, The Valley of Astonishment, featuring Kathryn Hunter (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Kafka's Monkey), Marcello Magni (Fragments), and Jared McNeill (The Suit), begins previews Sunday, September 14, at 7:30pm for an opening Thursday, September 18,at 7:30pm and a run through Sunday, October 5, at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place. (more...)

FringeNYC Encore Series to Run 9/4-10/5 in Two 'Mini Festivals'; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

In 17 days, even the most intrepid theatergoer can only sample a fraction of the over 200 offerings at the New York International Fringe Festival. Now in its 10th year, the official 2014 FringeNYC Encore Series gives theatre lovers another chance at seeing some of the most critically acclaimed and most crowd-pleasing shows from the Festival. (more...)

World Premiere of Richard Schechner's IMAGINING O Set for 9/10-13 at Peak Performances
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Watch out! Richard Schechner returns, armed with another series of shocks and surprises: the world premiere of "Imagining O" at Peak Performances, September 10-13. Transforming the notoriously erotic French novel "Story of O" into a multi-site, immersive production, the 80 year-old director's most recent work promises to reaffirm Peak's commitment to the ultra and outre challenge, and the director's reputation for creating uncomfortable joy in his audiences. The show opens the Kasser Theater's 10th anniversary season. (more...)

Photo Flash: The City Theatre Presents URINETOWN 8/21-9/07
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

The City Theatre's production of Urinetown the Musical opened last night, and runs through September 7. Performances are: Thursday-Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m. The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 78722 - east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 Street. (more...)

FringeNYC ENCORE Series Lineup Announced 9/04-10/05
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

In 17 days, there will be 200 offerings at the New York International Fringe Festival. Now in its 10th year, the official 2014 FringeNYC Encore Series gives theatre lovers another chance at seeing some of the most critically acclaimed and most crowd-pleasing shows from the Festival, September 4-October 5. (more...)

A KURT WEILL CABARET Begins 9/19 at No Exit Cafe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Theo Ubique artistic director Fred Anzevino and musical director Jeremy Ramey, who teamed up for the company's Jeff-award Best Musical winner The Light in the Piazza as well as Aspects of Love and Master Class, are collaborating on this collection of songs by the German born classical composer-turned-Broadway-songsmith Kurt Weill. Ramey is providing exciting new arrangements as well as musical direction. Christie Kerr is also on the team as choreographer for the cabaret to be performed at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, from September 19 to October 19, 2014. (more...)

Queer New York International Arts Festival Announces 2014 Lineup; Kicks Off 9/17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

The Queer New York International Arts Festival (QNYIA) -- a festival of contemporary performance that explores and broadens the concept of queer (in) art -- returns for a third year with a diverse slate of performances by international artists, many presenting their work in New York City for the first time. (more...)

BWW Review: A Clevelander's View of the Stratford Theater Festival - A Season of Being Pushed to the Edge
by Roy Berko - Jul 30, 2014

The Stratford Festival of Canada, whose present artistic director is Atoni Cimolino, started on July 13, 1953, when Sir Alec Guiness walked onto a stage located in a large tent and spoke the first lines of what has become the internationally-recognized celebration of theatre. Now housed in five theatres, offering plays and other entertainment from late April to November, Stratford is the largest repertoire theatre in North America. The offerings are not only the writings of Shakespeare, but a variety of classical and contemporary works, including musicals. (more...)

City Theatre Company to Close 2014 Summer Season with URINETOWN, 8/15-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

The City Theatre Company will end its 2014 summer theatre season with the award-winning musical comedy Urinetown: The Musical. Don't let the title fool you! Urinetown is the hit Broadway show by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis that takes a somewhat unpleasant premise, and turns it completely upside down, resulting in a smart, wonderfully witty, and highly entertaining evening of contemporary musical theatre. Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic's Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an earnest tale of love, greed and revolution, where hope always springs eternal! (more...)

THE PAWNBROKER to Play FringeNYC, 8/9-21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Pawnbroker will perform at FringeNYC Venue #12: 64E4 UNDERGROUND - The Paradise Factory, located at 64 East 4th Street in New York City. (more...)

InDepth InterView Special Flashback: Elaine Stritch
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 17, 2014

AUTHOR'S NOTE: One of the most iconic Broadway leading ladies in theatrical history, in honor of her passing earlier today at the age of 89, let us revisit this career-spanning InDepth InterView with the one and only Elaine Stritch. As a personal aside, following the conclusion of the interview proper the conversation between Ms. Stritch and I continued for several more minutes and she emphatically relayed to me that this had been her favorite interview to date and that she was incredibly appreciative and pleased with being questioned about the topics chosen herein. The following is reprinted exactly as it originally appeared here on BroadwayWorld on February 17. Hats off to a dynamite dame. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 7/16- Tony Kushner
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Tony Kushner! Kushner's best known work is Angels in America, a seven-hour epic about the AIDS epidemic in Reagan-era New York, which was later adapted into a miniseries for which Kushner wrote the screenplay. His other plays include Hydriotaphia, Slavs!: Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness, A Bright Room Called Day, Homebody/Kabul, and the book for the musical Caroline, or Change. His new translation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children was performed at the Delacorte Theater in the summer of 2006 starring Meryl Streep and directed by George C. Wolfe. Kushner has also adapted Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan, Corneille's The Illusion, and S. Ansky's play The Dybbuk. (more...)

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