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Theater History Project: More Topics, More Links

In this project you, and your project partners, will create a visual presentation about a specific time period in the history of theater. You may create this presentation using Power Point or Movie Maker, OR you may write a play, whichever you choose.

Renaissance Theater, including Shakespeare and Those Other Elizabethan Cats

German Theater and the Epic Movement

Epic theatre of Brecht

Although Bertolt Brecht's first plays were written in Germany during the 1920s, he was not widely known until much later. Eventually his theories of stage presentation exerted more influence on the course of mid-century theatre in the West than did those of any other individual. Brecht's earliest work was heavily influenced by German Expressionism, but it was his preoccupation with Marxism and the idea that man and society could be intellectually analyzed that led him to develop his theory of "epic theatre." Brecht believed that theatre should appeal not to the spectator's feelings but to his reason. While still providing entertainment, it should be strongly didactic and capable of provoking social change. Certainly Brecht's attack on the illusive theatre influenced, directly or indirectly, the theatre of every Western country.