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at the A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave. Philadelphia
a free event – donations welcome
Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed's reading group branches out into the medium of film with a screening of Theatre of War. This 2008 documentary highlights the life and work of German-American playwright Bertolt Brecht centering around the Public Theater's 2006 production of his play Mother Courage featuring Meryl Streep.
Augusto Boal cited Brecht as a crucial influence in the development of Theatre of the Oppressed. Both Boal and Brecht made great strides with how abstract ideas about power, performance, and theatre play out in front of us. Though each of these directors' approaches to creating theatre differed in many ways (Brecht made scripted plays whereas Boal facilitated others to create their own interactive pieces of Forum Theatre), both are used all over the world as means for engaging audiences in social and political discourse, often spilling over into the politics and poetics of everyday life.
We hope you can join us for this film and discussion at the A-Space—or at least seek out the work of these revolutionary dramatists on your own!