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Exceptions and Rules:- Brecht, Planchon and The Good Person of Szechwan

Brecht, Planchon and The Good Person of Szechwan

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This book examines the Brechtian influence on Roger Planchon's three stagings of Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan (July 1954; October 1954; December 1958). The meaning of a Brechtian mise en scène is determined by an analysis of the Berliner Ensemble production of the same play (1957). A comparison of these stagings not only reveals the clash between the German and French theatrical traditions but the German mise en scène also provides a point of reference which underlines the similarities and differences between Planchon's and Brecht's staging methods.
Contents: Outline of main characteristics of mise en scène in France between the two World Wars - Analysis of the Berliner Ensemble production of The Good Person of Szechwan - Study of Planchon's three stagings of the same play.