Identifier

etd-0320102-151248

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Theatre

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This production thesis on directing Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera is divided into two sections. The first section consists of four research/critical chapters. Chapter 1 discusses the director’s understanding of the theories of Bertolt Brecht. Chapter two discusses potential differences between the director’s aesthetic point of view and Brecht’s theories. Chapters 3 and 4 lay out the findings and opinions based on those findings of research into two issues that influenced production decisions: Chapter 3 focuses on Brecht’s relationship with totalitarian communism and Chapter 4 looks into questions raised about the authorship of The Threepenny Opera. Section II consists of a statement of the director’s interpretation of the play and a journal that charts the production process from the selection of the play to opening night. The Conclusion assesses how the director met certain challenges posed by the production.

Date

2002

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Barry Kyle

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