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The Messingkauf Dialogues

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  1w, 4m

Bertolt Brecht, John Willett

The Messingkauf Dialogues
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by John Willett

Written between 1939 and 1942, these are among the most concise, witty, and lighthearted 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 40s.

The Messingkauf Dialogues

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    1w, 4m
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    Adult

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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.


  • Time Period 1930s

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Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), playwright, poet and director, was born in Augsburg, Germany in February 1898. He established himself as a playwright during the 1920s and early 1930s with plays such as Baal, Man is Man, The Threepenny Opera and The Mother. In 1933, as Hitler came ...
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John Willett

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