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UPI Almanac for Friday, June 28, 2013.
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Serkis set for 'Threepenny' film

Serkis set for 'Threepenny' film

LONDON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- British actor Andy Serkis will star in a motion-capture film version of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's musical "The Threepenny Opera," Empire Online said.

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Kline replaces Walken in 'Mother Courage'

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- Kevin Kline will replace Christopher Walken, playing opposite Meryl Streep in New York City's Central Park production of "Mother Courage and Her Children."

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Today is Wednesday, June 28, the 179th day of 2006 with 186 to follow.
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'Crash' upsets 'Brokeback' for top Oscar

LOS ANGELES, March 5 (UPI) -- "Crash" won three of the six Academy Awards it was nominated for Sunday night, including best film, original screenplay and film editing.

European stage director Benno Besson dead

BERLIN, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- European stage director Benno Besson has died in Berlin after a long illness at age 83.

Falco sorry to give up 'Opera' role

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Edie Falco says she dropped out of the new Broadway revival of "Threepenny Opera" because she is still filming the last season of TV's "The Sopranos."

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Today is Friday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2006 with 324 to follow.
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Bertolt Brecht
German theater group perform Mother Courage and Her Children of legendary playwright Bertolt Brecht during the annual Fajr theater festival, which celebrates the 29th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Vahdat (Unity) hall in Tehran, Iran on February 12, 2008. The 29th Fajr International Theater Festival will run until February 14. Theater troupes from Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, China, and six other foreign countries will be performing during the event. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)
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Bertolt Brecht (German pronunciation:  ( listen); born Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (help·info); 10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956) was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director.

An influential theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter particularly through the seismic impact of the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble—the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht and his wife, long-time collaborator, and actress Helene Weigel.

From his late twenties Brecht remained a life-long committed Marxist who, in developing the combined theory and practice of his 'epic theatre', synthesized and extended the experiments of Erwin Piscator and Vsevolod Meyerhold to explore the theatre as a forum for political ideas and the creation of a critical aesthetics of dialectical materialism. Brecht's modernist concern with drama-as-a-medium led to his refinement of the 'epic form' of the drama. This dramatic form is related to similar modernist innovations in other arts, including the strategy of divergent chapters in James Joyce's novel Ulysses, Sergei Eisenstein's evolution of a constructivist 'montage' in the cinema, and Picasso's introduction of cubist 'collage' in the visual arts. In contrast to many other avant-garde approaches, however, Brecht had no desire to destroy art as an institution; rather, he hoped to 're-function' the theatre to a new social use. In this regard he was a vital participant in the aesthetic debates of his era—particularly over the 'high art/popular culture' dichotomy—vying with the likes of Adorno, Lukács, Bloch, and developing a close friendship with Benjamin. Brechtian theatre articulated popular themes and forms with avant-garde formal experimentation to create a modernist realism that stood in sharp contrast both to its psychological and socialist varieties. "Brecht's work is the most important and original in European drama since Ibsen and Strindberg," Raymond Williams argues, while Peter Bürger dubs him "the most important materialist writer of our time."

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