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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Saturday, October 14, 2017 8:00PM
Arthur Miller Theatre

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a gangster play by Bertolt Brecht

Department of Theatre & Drama
Directed by Malcolm Tulip

General Admission by Floor $30 • Students $12 with ID

Chicago in the midst of the Great Depression – jazz, prohibition, gangsters. As a cartel of Chicago greengrocers find their businesses crashing and their cauliflowers rotting, a small-town thug named Arturo Ui with an offer of “protection.” His proposal, at first rejected by the Cauliflower Trust, soon becomes an offer they cannot refuse. Violence escalates, opposition is quashed and the bodies begin to pile up. Can anyone disrupt Ui’s rise to power, or will political thuggery win control of the city?

Written as a parable play to the rise of Hitler, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a masterpiece of Bertolt Brecht’s epic theatre. Brecht wrote the play in 1941, intending it for an American audience while he was in exile in the country during the war. However, due to concerns about the war, the play did not debut until 1958 in West Germany and only premiered in the U.S. in 1963. Each scene of the work echoes a real-life event in Germany, with correspondences between the characters and the leaders of Hitler’s regime. A savage satire, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (in a prizewinning translation by Ralph Manheim) is a bitingly funny and cautionary tale of political corruption and the rise of a demagogue.

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