20th Century Theatre And Beyond

By: Harley Dean

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The 20th century theatre began to revolutionize with the idea of impressionistic rather than realistic representations. Also, revolving stages, projected scenery, and lighting effects were created. In Germany, Bertolt Brecht created his epic theatre where he encouraged his audience to think critically.. To do this, he inserted narration and songs between scenes, and he used placards, projections to challenge them to ask questions.


The United States had its on unique theatre.

  1. Eugene O'Neil: leading dramatist; realistic & expressionistic; most dealing with psychological truths
  2. Other famous actors and actresses

Thornton Wilder

Tennessee Williams

Arthur Miller

Neil Simon