The grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Epic Theater
is November 9.
In the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Brecht noticed a precursor to this epic theater
. Staged outdoors during daylight hours, with relatively sparse scenery, some degree of alienation effect is present in all early modern drama staged at public amphitheaters--an effect Brecht attempted to replicate in Mother Courage and Her Children (c.
One good example of textual style in epic theater
is Begbick's interlude speech about how easily a man can be remodeled, set between two scenes in her canteen (8: Galy Gay denies knowing his wife, and 9: his execution).
Reactions of sympathy-become-frustration, especially when directed toward play or playwright, come from the failure to consider A Touch of the Poet alongside epic theater
. The comparison of O'Neill and Brecht is justified by the intriguing parallels in their dramaturgy, in particular how they invite audiences toward reading one scene against another.
In an essay entitled "The Modern Theatre is the Epic Theatre," Brecht described the differences between dramatic theater, based on Aristotle's principles of drama, and epic theater
, Brecht's term for more modernist theater such as his own.
The feminist potential of Conrad's epic theater
resides in the performative nature of both the female character and the play.
Thus, a few years before Brecht published his strategy for creating political theater, Virginia Woolf vicariously staged an epic theater
A similar concept was the Living Newspaper, which later became part of the tradition of epic theater
. See also alienation effect; Living Newspaper.
(3.) While Benjamin's analysis of Brecht focuses specifically on epic theater
, the section seems equally applicable to poems and novels, as is suggested by his discussion of Rend Maubtanc at the end of the essay.
The play doesn't attempt to channel Brecht's epic theater
per se; the induced feel of separation is a byproduct of the performers' sheer inability to create a dramatic moment and pronounce Egyptian Arabic.
NEW YORK An Epic Theater
Ensemble presentation of a play in one act by Judith Thompson.