Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts

Mother Courage and Her Children

by Bertolt Brecht
directed by Ann M. Shanahan

April 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm – Livestream
April 17, 2021 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Digital Performance
April 18, 2021 at 2:30 pm – Digital Performance

“Throws critical light on our collective responsibility for social injustice.” — LA Times

Considered by critics to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Mother Courage chronicles the story of Anna Fierling (named ‘Courage‘) and her children as they struggle to survive in wartime, selling provisions from a canteen wagon. Despite their bravery, honesty, and kindness, one by one she loses her children to the war. “War, which is a continuation of business by other means,” Brecht wrote, “makes the human virtues fatal even to their possessors.” The play is a powerful example of Brecht’s Epic Theatre, a revolutionary stagecraft designed to focus not on the faults of individual characters, but on social and economic circumstances and the inherent contradictions of capitalism.


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