play twenty: antigone in a version by bertolt brecht

Author: Sophocles/Bertolt Brecht Translator: Judith Malina Published: 441BCE/1948/1990 Synopsis: Polyneices, son of Oedipus and brother of Antigone and Ismene, is refused burial by their uncle King Creon for fighting his brother Eteocles in the Theban civil war. Antigone refuses to allow this transgression against divine law – the gods decree that all bodies must be buried – to…

play eleven: the caucasian chalk circle

Author: Bertolt Brecht Translator: James and Tania Stern with W.H. Auden Synopsis: to make sure we never get too close, the primary narrative is presented as a play-within-a-play. Soviet peasants in dispute over land abandoned by retreating Nazi forces tell the story of young servant woman Grusha Vashnadze and how she saves the life of child…

play seven: don juan comes back from the war

Author: Ödön von Horváth Published: 1938 Synopsis: Don Juan returns from the Great War in search of his jilted fiancee. In this period of massive inflation and despair he is the only man left alive. The world now revolves around women, who cannot help but revolve around him. Contracting influenza, his journey to the house of…