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Bertolt Brecht

 
Bertolt Brecht Headshot
Date of Birth: February 10, 1898
Date of Death: August 14, 1956 (58)

Birth Place: Augsburg, GERMANY

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Bertolt Brecht Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Bertolt Brecht, Happy End
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1970 - Oustanding Lyrics Gold Star
Bertolt Brecht, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonny
 
Tony Awards - 1963 - Best Play
Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children
 
Evening Standard Awards - 1962 - Best Play Gold Star
Bertolt BrechtThe Caucasian Chalk Circle

Bertolt Brecht News

Carrie Hope Fletcher, Anton Lesser, and Nicholas Woodeson Are Part Of Rose Theatre's  Photo Carrie Hope Fletcher, Anton Lesser, and Nicholas Woodeson Are Part Of Rose Theatre's 2022/2023 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jun 22, 2022

Rose Theatre's Artistic Director, Christopher Haydon, has announced the first Rose Productions in the 2022/23 Season, beginning on 9 September with the London premiere of Anthony McCarten's The Two Popes starring Anton Lesser and Nicholas Woodeson.

THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN Comes To Sheffield Theatres in 2023 Photo THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN Comes To Sheffield Theatres in 2023
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2022

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, ETT and Sheffield Theatres today announce a new co-production of Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan, written by Nina Segal (In the Night Time [Before The Sun Rises], directed by Sheffield Theatres RTYDS Associate Artistic Director Anthony Lau (Anna Karenina), and commissioned by ETT due to open in Spring 2023.

TCG Announces Seema Sueko To Receive Alan Schneider Director Award Photo TCG Announces Seema Sueko To Receive Alan Schneider Director Award
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2022

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, proudly announces that Seema Sueko has been awarded the Alan Schneider Director Award. The Award was established in honor of Alan Schneider's significant contribution to theatre in the U.S. and his lifelong commitment to the development of career opportunities for freelance directors.

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season Featuring PASSING STRANGE & Mo Photo Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season Featuring PASSING STRANGE & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 13, 2022

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's Artistic Director Fred Anzevino and Managing & Casting Director Christopher Pazdernik announced the 25th Anniversary season today with four musicals including a Midwest Premiere and Anzevino's return to directing for the company.

The Wilma Theater to Honor Co-Founding Artistic Director Blanka Zizka at FÊTE 2022 Photo The Wilma Theater to Honor Co-Founding Artistic Director Blanka Zizka at FÊTE 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 7, 2022

The Wilma Theater announced today that Fête 2022 will honor retiring Co-Founding Artistic Director Blanka Zizka, who recently departed the company after 40 years in the position. Fête 2022 will be held on Monday June 13, 2022.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Mara Vélez Meléndez's Notes on Killing... A Subversive Photo Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Mara Vélez Meléndez's Notes on Killing... A Subversive Burst of Creative Energy
by Michael Dale - Jun 5, 2022

Count Christine Carmela Herrero and Samora La Perdida as early favorites for Stage Pair of The Season, as they crackle with chemistry in Mara Vélez Meléndez's playfully packaged political outrage.

Photos: First Look at New Line Theatre's URINETOWN Photo Photos: First Look at New Line Theatre's URINETOWN
by Marissa Tomeo - Jun 4, 2022

Set in 2027, Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis' URINETOWN is an hilariously subversive fable of greed, corruption, love, revolution, and urination, in a time when water is worth its weight in gold and there's no such thing as a free pee. Set in a near-future dystopian Gotham, a severe 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens are forced to use public 'amenities' now, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. In this nightmare world, the punishment for an unauthorized pee is a trip to the dreaded Urinetown. But from the ruins of Democracy and courtesy flushes, there rises an unlikely hero who decides he's held it long enough, and he launches a People's Revolution to lead them all to urinary freedom!

Magnet Theatre Presents Classic Brecht Play For Trainee Graduation Production Photo Magnet Theatre Presents Classic Brecht Play For Trainee Graduation Production
by A.A. Cristi - May 27, 2022

Magnet Theatre presents the graduation production of the sixth cohort of the Fulltime Training & Job Creation Programme.

BWW Previews: George Orwell Meets Brecht and Weill In the Musical CABARET DOS BICHOS Photo BWW Previews: George Orwell Meets Brecht and Weill In the Musical CABARET DOS BICHOS
by Claudio Erlichman - May 21, 2022

Musical Cabaret dos Bichos is an adaptation of G. Orwell's novel Animal Farm. With libreto, lyrics and direction by Zé Henrique de Paula and original music and musical direction by Fernanda Maia, the language used is inspired by German cabarets, strongly referenced in Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill.

MUSIC AT THE ODYSSEY to Celebrate Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim & Nina Simone Photo MUSIC AT THE ODYSSEY to Celebrate Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim & Nina Simone
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2022

Bass player John Snow will return to curate, music direct and emcee Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s live Music at the Odyssey series this summer with celebrations honoring Joni Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim and Nina Simone.

Bertolt Brecht Videos

VIDEO: On This Day, September 20- Run, Freedom, Run! URINETOWN Opens On Broadway! VideoVIDEO: On This Day, September 20- Run, Freedom, Run! URINETOWN Opens On Broadway!
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 20, 2018

'Urinetown, The Musical' is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

VIDEO: George C. Wolfe Talks THE ICEMAN COMETH on Icons and Innovators Series VideoVIDEO: George C. Wolfe Talks THE ICEMAN COMETH on Icons and Innovators Series
by Stage Tube - Jun 30, 2018

On June 21, Susan Fales-Hill sat down for an intimate conversation with George C. Wolfe, the award-winning director and playwright who returned to Broadway this year with the new production of The Iceman Cometh.

VIDEO: 30 Days of Tony! Day 14- George C. Wolfe Secures the Broadway Legacy of SHUFFL VideoVIDEO: 30 Days of Tony! Day 14- George C. Wolfe Secures the Broadway Legacy of SHUFFLE ALONG
by Stage Tube - May 25, 2018

On Day 14 of 30 Days of Tony, we celebrate another Best Direction of A Play nominee, legendary artist George C. Wolfe.

VIDEO: Randy Harrison on Berkeley Rep's ANGELS IN AMERICA VideoVIDEO: Randy Harrison on Berkeley Rep's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by Alan Henry - Apr 17, 2018

In the video below, Randy Harrison talks about what Tony Kushner's Angels in America has taught him and why he thinks today's young LGBTQ people should see the play.

VIDEO: On This Day, August 27- Run, Freedom, Run! URINETOWN Begins Broadway Previews VideoVIDEO: On This Day, August 27- Run, Freedom, Run! URINETOWN Begins Broadway Previews
by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2017

'Urinetown, The Musical' is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

BWW Review: THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI, Donmar Warehouse
by Rona Kelly - May 7, 2017

Written by Bertolt Brecht during World War II, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui serves as a parable for Adolf Hitler. Germany becomes Chicago, Hitler becomes gangster Arturo Ui, as we witness his sociopathic rise. Today, this play proves 'all too current'. Immersive, Simon Evans' production breaks down the fourth wall as the titular character endeavours to build one up.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/16/16- Tony Kushner
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2016

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.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/3/16- LOVEMUSIK
by Stage Tube - May 3, 2016

Today in 2007, LoveMusik opened at the Biltmore Theatre (now the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre), where it ran for 60 performances. LoveMusik is a musical written by Alfred Uhry, using a selection of music by Kurt Weill. The story explores the romance and lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, based on Speak Low (When You Speak Love): The Letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya. The show was directed by Harold Prince, with musical staging by Patricia Birch and starred Michael Cerveris as Kurt Weill, Donna Murphy as Lotte Lenya, David Pittu as Bertolt Brecht and John Scherer as George Davis.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/16/15- Tony Kushner
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2015

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.

VIDEO: Composer Jeanine Tesori Gives Thanks for Tony Wins at FUN HOME Curtain Call
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 10, 2015

Last night, the cast of FUN HOME took their curtain call for the first time since winning five Tony Awards, including BEST MUSICAL.


Bertolt Brecht Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Bertolt Brecht written?
Bertolt Brecht has written 36 shows including Die Sieben Tods√ľnden (Lyricist), Mother (Playwright), Galileo (Playwright), The Good Woman of Setzuan (Playwright), Brecht on Brecht (Lyricist), Man is Man (Playwright), A Man's a Man (Bookwriter), Mother Courage and Her Children (Playwright), Brecht on Brecht (Source Material), Baal (Playwright), The Exception and the Rule/ The Prodigal Son (Playwright), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Playwright), Drums in the Night (Playwright), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Playwright), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Libretto), The Rise and Fall of The City of Mahagonny (Bookwriter), The Good Woman of Setzuan (Playwright), Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill (Lyricist), The Measures Taken (Playwright), Downfall of the Egotist Johann Fatzer (Playwright), Happy End (Bookwriter/Lyricist), A Kurt Weill Cabaret (Lyricist), Mother Courage and Her Children (Playwright), The Antigone of Sophokles (Playwright), An Evening with Ekkehard Schall (Material), The Threepenny Opera (Bookwriter/Lyricist), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Playwright), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Playwright), In the Jungle of Cities (Playwright), Here Lies Jenny (Lyricist), Here Lies Jenny (Lyricist), Mother Courage (Playwright), LoveMusik (Lyricist), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Playwright), Good Person of Szechwan (Playwright), A Man's a Man (Playwright).

What awards has Bertolt Brecht been nominated for?
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Happy End , Oustanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonny Best Play (Tony Awards) for Mother Courage and Her Children and Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for The Caucasian Chalk Circle .

What awards has Bertolt Brecht won?
Oustanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonnyand Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for The Caucasian Chalk Circle.