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Erwin Piscator's Political Theatre : The Development of Modern German Drama - C. D. Innes

Erwin Piscator's Political Theatre

The Development of Modern German Drama

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Published: 4th July 1977
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This 1977 text was the first full study of Erwin Piscator, the German theatrical producer who was prominent in the 1920s and worked after 1945 with the writers Hochhuth, Kipphardt and Weiss. Professor Innes sketches the background of Dadaism and Expressionism from which Piscator came, and points out the differences between Piscator and the other experimenters of his time. He also gives a vivid description of Piscator's technical innovations, the modern means of communication such as film, the illumination of the stage from below and 'the treadmill', a flat moving band along which the characters walked. These turned drama into a multi-media event. Professor Innes uses Piscator's career as a focus to describe theatrical developments in the twentieth century and to discuss the role of the author, the director, and the actor in drama, the purpose of the theatre, and the involvement of the audience.

Introduction
The Weimar Republic: art and environment
The Agitprop theatre: political
Agitprop and Revue: society
Documentary drama the material
Epic theatre: the actor and the structure
Total theatre: the audience
New drama: the author
Piscator: contemporaries and critics
Notes
Chronological Table
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521291965
ISBN-10: 0521291968
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 4th July 1977
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.33