Updating The Mother

Contemporary Intermedial Approaches to Brecht’s 1931 “Learning Play”


  • Amber Power


This article argues for the continuing relevance of Bertolt Brecht’s 1931 “learning play,” The Mother, through a comparative assessment of two of its recent productions by experimental performance collectives My Barbarian (in 2013) and The Wooster Group (in 2021-22). Through analyzing the productions’ respective intermedial performance strategies, this article explores how both collectives use Brecht’s century-old play to address contemporary social and political challenges while privileging motherhood as a powerful mode of resistance.




How to Cite

Power, A. (2024). Updating The Mother: Contemporary Intermedial Approaches to Brecht’s 1931 “Learning Play”. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, 14(2), 16. Retrieved from https://jarm.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/jarm/article/view/40692