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brɛkt, brɛxt; ˈbɛr tɔltbrecht

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  1. Brecht, Bertolt Brechtnoun

    German dramatist and poet who developed a style of epic theater (1898-1956)


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    Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956), known professionally as Bertolt Brecht, was a German theatre practitioner, playwright, and poet. Coming of age during the Weimar Republic, he had his first successes as a playwright in Munich and moved to Berlin in 1924, where he wrote The Threepenny Opera with Kurt Weill and began a life-long collaboration with the composer Hanns Eisler. Immersed in Marxist thought during this period, he wrote didactic Lehrstücke and became a leading theoretician of epic theatre (which he later preferred to call "dialectical theatre") and the Verfremdungseffekt. During the Nazi Germany period, Brecht fled his home country, first to Scandinavia, and during World War II to the United States, where he was surveilled by the FBI. After the war he was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Returning to East Berlin after the war, he established the theatre company Berliner Ensemble with his wife and long-time collaborator, actress Helene Weigel.


  1. brecht

    Brecht commonly refers to Bertolt Brecht, a famous German playwright, theatre director, and poet in the 20th century best known for his contributions to Epic Theatre. He developed a style of theatrical production that was meant to provoke rational self-reflection and a critical view of the play's action from the audience, and his works often contained socialist political themes. His most notable works include "The Threepenny Opera," "Life of Galileo," and "Mother Courage and Her Children." Additionally, the term "Brechtian" is often used to describe works influenced by his unique theatrical style.

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brecht is ranked #13326 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brecht surname appeared 2,289 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Brecht.

    94.9% or 2,174 total occurrences were White.
    2.4% or 56 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 32 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 16 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brecht in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brecht in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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