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Theater of War

biographical • 1950s • creative process • documentary • politics • tortured genius
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Filmmaker John Walter artfully captures Meryl Streep groping for – and then seizing – the character in her unforgettable portrayal of Mother Courage in Tony Kushner’s adaptation of the Bertolt Brecht masterpiece Mother Courage and her Children, which was presented by The Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival in Central Park in the summer of 2006. Walter digs deeply into Brecht’s motives and politics, unearthing the playwright’s famed and famously clever testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee – the day after which he fled from the United States. Theater of War is about theatre and war, capitalism and Marxism, the postwar anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s, and one literary genius’s ability to make art from them all.

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