Today is the great revolutionary playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht’s birthday. To celebrate I am sharing the above clip from a rehearsal starring Meryl Streep as Mother Courage. I used to fantasize about playing this role; I saw her do so in person twice. Her performance was staggering, and truthfully, I was envious. She speaks, in this clip, of why she took on this role, and there is a beautiful moment when she sings a lullaby for her three dead children. I love this performance and her observations.
So, happy birthday Bertolt Brecht! Thank you for Mother Courage, Baal, The Rise and Fall of Mahagonny and of course the immortally wondrous Three Penny Opera….
A Good evening to all…
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wow - Streep, even in her 'rehearsal' mode was so powerful. wow.