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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

That Shark Bites With His Teeth. A Director's Notes

Aufricht, Ernst Josef
Und der Haifisch, der hat Zähne. Aufzeichnungen eines Theaterdirektors
328 Seiten
Alexander Verlag Berlin, 1998.
ISBN: 978-3-89581-012-1
5.00 € (alter Preis: 15.00 €)

Aufricht, Ernst-Josef.
Erzähle damit du dein Recht erweist.
Berlin, Propyläen Verlag (1966)
282 p., 23 cm.

"A man was sitting in the other room. It was Brecht. I didn't know him personally, but I was familiar with his literary experiments for the stage and appreciated his poetry. We sat down at the table with him and wasted no time asking him for a play. He started to tell as about a fable he was working on. He noticed immediately that we weren't interested, because we called for the check. 'I do have something on the side. An adaptation of John Gay's Beggar's Opera.' [...] Brecht told us that there was a musician on the scene, Kurt Weill, whose two one-act operas with librettos by Georg Kaiser in the Charlottenburg Opera were worth hearing."

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