Drums in the Night by Bertolt Brecht
October 29 - 31, 2009
Directed by Roger Bechtel, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance
Translated and adapted from the original German text by Professor Bechtel
The Department of Theater and Dance opened its season with Brecht’s provocative expressionist comedy Drums in the Night. Set in Berlin, 1919, in the aftermath of WWI, 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 agree 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.
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