The Piscatorbühne Century: Politics and Aesthetics in the Modern Theater After 1927 (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies) (Hardcover)

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This study of the Piscatorb hne season of 1927-1928 uncovers a vital, previously neglected current of radical experiment in modern theater, a ghost in the machine of contemporary performance practices.

A handful of theater seasons changed the course of 20th- and 21st-century theatre. But only the Piscatorb hne of 1927-1928 went bankrupt in less than a year. This exploration tells the story of that collapse, how it predicted the wider collapse of the late Weimar Republic, and how it relates to our own era of political polarization and economic instability. As a wider examination of Piscator's contributions to dramaturgical and aesthetic form, The Piscatorb hne Century makes a powerful and timely case for the renewed significance of the broader epic theater tradition. Drawing on a rich archive of interwar materials, Drew Lichtenberg reconstructs this germinal nexus of theory and praxis for the modern theatre.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars in theatre, performance, art, and literature.

About the Author


Drew Lichtenberg is a writer, teacher, and dramaturg who lives in Washington, DC. His work has appeared in theaters and publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He received his MFA and DFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780367757663
ISBN-10: 0367757664
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2021
Pages: 290
Language: English
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies