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Knox Theatre Presents Brecht's Experimental "Learning Plays"

Knox Theatre Presents Brecht's Experimental "Learning Plays"

Knox College Theatre presents "The Learning Plays" by Bertolt Brecht, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 24, in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and Knox College alumni, free to all students with school ID, and free to Knox College students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are available at the door one hour before each performance or by advanced reservation at 309-341-7472...
February 20, 2018
Theatre continues Brecht plays discussion

Theatre continues Brecht plays discussion

Last week, the Theatre Department brought in Stefan Brun, an experienced Chicago theatre director and expert on playwright Bertolt Brecht to have a discussion on how Brecht’s work should be approached. Brecht has been a recent focus of the department with the upcoming “Learning Plays,” a main stage production of many of Brecht’s shorter works, which replaced the cancelled production of his play “The Good Person of Szechwan.”
February 14, 2018
Knox College Cancels Brecht Play

Knox College Cancels Brecht Play

Knox College in Illinois is standing behind its decision to cancel the production of a Bertolt Brecht play in response to student outrage over the drama's representation of women and Asian culture.
November 14, 2017
Calling Off a Classic

Calling Off a Classic

Knox College in Illinois this week canceled a planned production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, based on student protests that it is racially insensitive. But unlike some faculty members involved in parallel controversies elsewhere, theater professors at Knox blame themselves for not properly framing the play for students, rather than students for being unwilling to deal with uncomfortable speech and ideas.
November 10, 2017
Knox Theatre presents: ‘The Drowning Girls’

Knox Theatre presents: ‘The Drowning Girls’

When deciding on the series of theatre productions for each year, Chair in Theatre Arts Liz Carlin Metz considers shows in conversation with political and social issues that are currently in progress. For her, “The Drowning Girls” was the perfect show to illustrate the fragility and vulnerability of women’s status. The actresses each play one of the three women who marry and are then murdered by George Joseph Smith. The actresses frequently change roles throughout the play, switching between their main role, the role of George Joseph Smith and of other minor characters. As Director of the show, Metz feels that having a small cast instead of assigning each role to a new person creates a sense of intimacy that is vital for the show’s intention.....
Nov 2, 2017
Upcoming theatre production canceled

Upcoming theatre production canceled

As the open forum about Knox College’s production of “The Good Person of Szechwan” by playwright Bertolt Brecht neared its end, the room next to the event began to fill with a rowdy class. The forum, held on Nov. 1, was mainly organized by seniors Jayel Gant and Willa Coufal to address the racial controversy surrounding the play, originally slated to be produced this Winter Term.
November 2, 2017
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