"Waal" - an early playwright play - was written in 1918 by nineteen-year-old Brecht-sanitar at the front. At the same time, Brecht the poet liked to read antisocial poems in the taverns and protested against the false and obsolete poems.
The main character of the play is called Baal, also a poet. Life-loving, but immoral, talented, but in the power of low-level instincts: a drunkard, a debauchee, a rapist, finally a murderer.
For Brecht, the exclusivity of Baal is important. (Baal is one of the first gods, the god of sunlight, the creator of the world, etc.) In his desires and selfishness Baal is beastlike. What is allowed to Baal, it is not allowed to others. He neglects social laws, his main goal is independence. He is a poet who clearly imitates Arthur Rimbaud, the torchbearer of life, descending to its very bottom.
Later Brecht will say that this is an antisocial person in an antisocial society. "I wanted to show how the great deluge fills the bourgeois world."
The production team would like to make tragicfares and explore the time when the play "Baal" was written, the early poems and prose of Brecht. The First World War ended. The avant-garde currents of the 20th century were born. Dadaists consistently destroyed any aesthetics. Futurists propagated the pathos of destruction. Expressionists were inspired by a tragic worldview.
It is interesting to understand who is a hero for our time, like Baal? Meyerhold? Danila Bagrov?
Can there be such a hero in 2018 and do we need him? Is freedom worth the price paid for it by freedom-loving people like Baal?