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Brecht's 'Drums in the Night' Oct. 29-31

Story posted October 22, 2009

Kragler (Khalil LeSaldo '11) and Murk (Sam Duchin '10) face off.

The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance will open its season with Bertolt Brecht's provocative expressionist comedy Drums in the Night Thursday through Saturday, October 29-31, 2009, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. All performances begin at 8 p.m.

Set in Berlin, 1919, in the aftermath of World War I, Drums examines the combustive intersection of political ideology and personal trauma that accompanies war. The story revolves around Andreas "Andy" Kragler, a soldier presumed dead after four years as a prisoner of war in Africa, and his fiancée, Anna, who has just agreed to marry Freddy Murk, an Industrialist war-profiteer.

As Anna struggles with the decision between the comforts of a bourgeois home and a difficult life with the man she loves, a battle breaks out. The Spartacists, a communist faction, are assembling in the Newspaper District in an attempt to ignite revolution and overthrow the government. Kragler must now decide what to fight for: Anna or the Revolution.

Drums in the Night forces us to examine our own choices and convictions and ask ourselves what we would sacrifice for our political beliefs.

A German playwright best known for his works The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage and Her Children, Bertolt Brecht wrote Drums in the Night in 1922 at the age of 24. It was his first major success.


Director Roger Bechtel, associate professor and chair of the Bowdoin Department of Theater and Dance, translated and adapted the work from the original German text. Bowdoin's production will be the first performance of Bechtel's version.

Talkbacks with the director and actors will be held after each performance.

The performances are free and open to the public. General admission tickets are available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk on campus, at 207-725-3375, and at the door.

Drums in the Night is produced with assistance from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the Friends of Bowdoin Fund.

For more information visit www.bowdoin.edu/theater-dance/calendar.

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