By Rick Mitchell
Bertold Brecht was once an incredible dramatist/director/theorist of the 20 th century. This play specializes in Brecht's lifestyles in the USA, the place he resided from 1941 via to 1947. Brecht beneficial properties because the major personality and the play can be Brechtian-influenced. Endnotes and appendices are integrated.
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Projection: J. of writers who decry religion and argue that distance from God makes for happiness. ) (BERLAU is reading a communist tract, sipping water. ) BRECHT Hello, Fräulein. ) BERLAU Oh, how nice... And it's plastic. BRECHT They last longer. BERLAU Here. ) BRECHT What's this? BERLAU An article about the Prague underground and the assassination of Heydrich the Hangman. ) Laughton might help me with the Galileo Galilei translation. BERLAU I'll just concentrate on The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
BRECHT I'll try to come by more often— BERLAU Without a wife to return to all the time. And I need a child sleeping in the other room as I work on my novel... BRECHT Let's just focus on writing out the ending. BERLAU (pause) I can't. BRECHT It was your idea to write tonight in the first place. BERLAU I'm going out for a walk. ) BRECHT Rainer wants a copy of The Caucasian Chalk Circle by the end of the week. BERLAU You can use my typewriter. BRECHT We'll work on it when you return. BERLAU When I come back, I'm going to sleep.
But I do it on the set. In the midst of rehearsing, or between takes... BRECHT That's exactly how writing should be done. With actors, a stage... LAUGHT. I think Galileo could use a bit more passion. BRECHT Passion gets in the way of thinking. LAUGHT. Good scientists are passionate about their work. BRECHT There cannot be any emotion in epic theatre. LAUGHT. Then why would the spectator care about Galileo? BRECHT The spectator has to think. LAUGHT. Right, about the character. BRECHT About history, about Galileo's concerns as today's concerns.
Brecht in L.A. (Intellect Books - Play Text) by Rick Mitchell