The Messingkauf Dialogues

Bertolt Brecht translated by John Willett

DOI: 10.5040/9781408169261.00000007
Acts: 4. Scenes: 23. Roles: Male (3) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Written between 1939 and 1942 The Messingkauf Dialogues are among the most concise, witty and light-hearted of all Brecht’s theoretical discussions of theatre. In Brecht’s words they constitute a ‘four-sided conversation about a new way of making theatre’ and provide the blueprint for Brecht’s radical aesthetic of the 1930s and 1940s.

The Actor who seeks admiration; the Actress interested in politics; the Dramaturg (or literary advisor) hoping for a new lease of life for theatre; these three argue with the Philosopher who wants to exploit their talent for imitation for his own purposes. The result is a lively and sharp debate about the place of art in society.

This text is translated by John Willett.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Bertolt Brecht translated by John Willett

ISBN: 9780413388902

Series: Modern Classics

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