- The Street Scene
The Street Scene is a basic model for epic theater set forth by
Bertolt Brecht. It makes use of a simple, 'natural' incident, such as could be seen on any street corner: an eyewitness demonstrating to a collection of people how a traffic accident took place. "The bystanders may not have observed what happened, or they may simply not agree with him, may 'see things a different way'; the point is that the demonstrator acts the behavior of driver or victim both in such a way that the bystanders are able to form an opinion about the incident."Brecht, Bertolt. 1950. "The Street Scene: A Basic Model for an Epic Theatre." "Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic." Ed. and trans. John Willett. London: Methuen, 1964. ISBN 0 413 38800 X. p.121-129] This model is set forth as the most primitive type of epic theater to be easily understood by the reader or listener.
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