“Fear and Misery of the Third Reich,” was written by world-renowned literary genius, German playwright, poet, and theatrical reformer Bertolt Brecht and translated by John Willet. This documentary play presents a sequence of realistic scenes showing how ordinary life under Nazi Germany was subtly permeated by suspicion and anxiety. The scenes, which do not necessarily play out in chronological order but are rather knit together thematically, play like frames in a film running through Nazis’ years capturing a panorama of social breakdown, deception, betrayal, disaffection, disaffiliation and flight. Brecht’s harshly satirical take on Nazi Germany is a well balanced mix of humor and tragedy that shows how thought and action can become paralyzed in a fascist state, and it urges the audience to learn and experience from their history.
About the Epic Players of Chicago (www.epicplayers.com): The Epic Players of Chicago is a non-profit, culturally diverse, non-biased, and non-religious group of theatre lovers dedicated to the aesthetic and scientific nature of the theatre. As such, its talented members are driven merely by their passion and love for theatre and the arts. With this love, they selflessly sacrifice time away from their own lives, jobs, and responsibilities. With your support, the Epic Players will have a chance to share this unprecedented theatrical and historical experience with a much larger audience.