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Kathleen Turner inMother Courage and her Children

JAN 31 – MAR 9, 2014

By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by David Hare

Directed by Molly Smith

Composition and Music Supervision by James Sugg

Movement Directed by David Leong

on the Fichandler stage

Off Book

THE JOURNEY BEGINS: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MOLLY SMITH

Mother Courage and Her Children is the greatest anti-war play ever written. This translation by David Hare is superb—terse, juicy and full of humor. Brecht was interested in waking the audience out of their slumber through the use of opposing viewpoints, contradictions of material, and direct interventions through songs that disrupt the action of the play. He believed in story above all else and developed ideas around epic construction, alienation and opposition that transformed the landscape of theater.

View Artistic Director Molly Smith's welcome address to the company at first rehearsal. Read More

Meet the Artists: ACTRESS KATHLEEN TURNER

Mother Courage is a role that always interested me. There's such controversy about her. Some people see her as being so unfeeling and so locked into her own self-interests that she becomes a force of destruction, like the war. I have quite an opposite view. I find her extraordinarily caring, with a good sense of humor, and very loving toward her children—only doing, by necessity, what she must do. Read More

A MOTHER GOES TO WAR: DRAMATURG MARK BLY

In the light of where Brecht started the play, it might be easy to view the play simply as an “anti-war” play, or as an “anti-business” play, or to perceive Mother Courage as a “hero or a villain.” But that is to see the world of the play in polarities. Mother Courage loves her children deeply and loves her coins too. She just makes the mistake of thinking she can have both … often at the same time. A fatal error. Read More

Meet the Artists: Composer James Sugg

Director Molly Smith and I started with the band Gogol Bordello. They’re a gypsy punk band which has come to notoriety in the last four or five years. They take the musical modes, the musical scales, the instrumentation—accordion, violin—and add a punk drummer, electric guitar and bass. They take the rhythm section of punk and put it behind the front of gypsy. Read More

Mother Courage and her Children