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This series of interviews profiles folks who fervently support the arts, frequently with minimal acknowledgment, as they contribute to the creative product

The Work of Art: Harry Mayronne, Jr. and Bertholt Brecht

German dramatist Bertholt Brecht is in the air this February -- Southern Rep Theatre is presenting the first professional production of Ntozake Shange’s adaption of Brecht’s "Mother Courage and Her Children" since 1980, and cabaret performer Harry Mayronne, Jr. is joining up with last year’s BrechtFest team for an appearance at the Allways Lounge on the 112th anniversary of Brecht’s birthday.

Mayronne, in addition to his talents as a performer and pianist, is a puppeteer, and one of his marionettes, Bertholt Brecht, has performed at the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin.

On this episode of the Work of Art, Harry joined Karl Lengel to share his fascination with the extraordinary German dramatist.

The interview ends with an original recording of Bertholt Brecht singing his "Mack the Knife". This episode originally aired January 24, 2020. Support for the weekly series The Work of Art is provided by The Helis Foundation.

Karl Lengel has worked in the lively arts as an actor, announcer, manager, director, administrator and teacher. In broadcast, he has accumulated over two decades of on-air experience and is currently WWNO’s anchor for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a host for “Louisiana Considered”. He holds a BS in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University and an MFA in Film and Theatre from the University of New Orleans.

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