Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Presents "Bite of Brecht"
Festival Celebrating Famed Director, Playwright and Dramaturg
PITTSBURGH—The Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama presents "A Bite of Brecht" Festival, a celebration of the influential 20th century director, playwright and dramaturg Bertolt Brecht, April 16-25. The festival will include a reading of Holger Teschke's new work "Brecht on Broadway," audience talkbacks, a roundtable discussion, student installations and the performance of "Tough Nut Cabaret," featuring highlights from Brecht's repertoire.
The festival's capstone, "Tough Nut Cabaret," consists of poetry and songs written by Brecht in an intimate cabaret-style performance at 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, April 16-24, and at 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, April 25 in the Rauh Studio Theater in the university's Purnell Center for the Arts. The show is a collaboration between Barbara MacKenzie Wood, professor of acting at the School of Drama as well as an established Brechtian actress, and Robyn Archer, an Australian director, Brecht cabaret interpreter and world- renowned festival curator. "Tough Nut Cabaret" will feature an audience talkback following the evening performance on April 21. A themed installation by Carnegie Mellon students will be viewable in the lobby throughout the cabaret's run.
Teschke, former dramaturg of the Berliner Ensemble, will direct a reading of his new work "Brecht on Broadway" at 2:30 p.m., April 17 in Studio A on the 3rd floor of the Purnell Center for the Arts. The reading will be followed by an audience talkback. "A Bite of Brecht" will also feature a roundtable discussion from 4 to 5 p.m., April 16 in the Rauh Studio Theatre. Speakers include Archer, Teschke, Jim Neilson and Stephan Brockmann, Carnegie Mellon professor of German.
Tickets to "Tough Nut Cabaret" range from $15 to $29. All other events are free. For more information, visit www.cmu.edu/cfa/drama or call the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407.