LOS ANGELES -- The 100th birthday of poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) will be celebrated Feb. 5-10 in and around Los Angeles.
Spanning six days, 24 events and eight venues, the festival will feature numerous play readings with professional actors and directors and will be highlighted by musical offerings from the Brecht repertoire.
The festival was conceived and created by its artistic director, David Catanzarite, head of the directing program at Pomona College, Claremont. Featured participants include Eric Braeden (The Young and the Restless), filmaker Percy Adlon (Bagdad Cafe), and Ron Sossi (artistic director Odysssey Theatre). Many of Brecht's best known plays will be read, including Baal, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
All two dozen events are free to the public. For information call (909) 607-4385.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent