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Vassar Presents Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

  |   April 1, 2014  |  Comment

Play Runs from April 17-19, 2014
Performances are Free: Reservations will open to the public April 2

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY –The Drama Department will stage a production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht in the Martel Theater in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film on April 17, 18 and 19. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Reservations will open to the public April 2; contact the [email protected].

Written in three weeks in 1941 while in exile, Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler shot through with razor-sharp wit. Brecht recasts Hitler’s rise as a Chicago gangster’s takeover of the city’s green-grocery trade.

Set in 1930s Chicago, this gangster spectacle explores our relationship with violence as a way to achieve and maintain power. The Great Depression is the perfect time for a small time gangster to make it big, to seize a greater power, an absolute power. The play was not produced until as late as 1958, and not until 1961 in English.  In spite of this, Brecht never envisioned a version of the play in Germany, intending it for the American stage all along.

Vassar alumna Ianthe Demos will be at the helm of Arturo Ui, serving as a guest director this semester. Demos is artistic director of One Year Lease (OYL), a New York City-based ensemble company dedicated to creating new work, training young theater artists, and advancing international collaboration in theater. She co-founded the company in 2001 with fellow Vassar alumnae Ariane Barbanell and Jacqueline Kristel.

Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions. Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370.

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