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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Harrington, Alexander G.
URN etd-0320102-151248
Title Directing the Threepenny Opera
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Theater
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Barry Kyle Committee Chair
Jennifer Jones Committee Member
Leigh Clemons Committee Member
  • die dreigroschenoper
  • kurt weill
  • bertolt brecht
Date of Defense 2002-01-18
Availability unrestricted
This production thesis on directing Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weillís The Threepenny Opera is divided into two sections. The first section consists of four research/critical chapters. Chapter 1 discusses the directorís understanding of the theories of Bertolt Brecht. Chapter two discusses potential differences between the directorís aesthetic point of view and Brechtís 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 Brechtís 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 directorís 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.

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