Bertolt Brecht was the last century's most influential theater director and theorist. Since World War II, his beliefs about political theater have served as the cornerstone of practice for fringe groups and mega-companies alike (most prominently, the early days of Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company were marked by many Brecht-inspired productions). Like his idol, Shakespeare, the feisty German was a gifted poet, master storyteller and wry humorist. Above all, Brecht, who died in 1956, was a clear-eyed, compassionate -- and, save for the Bard, peerless -- chronicler of the... More >>>