Lesson to playwrights!: this "first play" (it actually is not by any means the first play, it is the first produced) got a chance because the wife of the director, to whom a mentor of Brecht's had given the manuscript, was sick at home and had lost her magazine. She picked up what happened to be atop the neglected heap and was transfixed, talking her husband into reading it. In this way, one of the important playwrights of the 20th century was launched...
A soldier, Andrew Kragler, returns in a time of crumbling employment - when returning is already betrayal. He claims only to have escaped defeat and imprisonment and being stationed in African colonies, because of his love of his Anna, who has been otherwise engaged and is now pregnant, and promised, to another - father's associate at the erstwhile munitions container factory, postwar retooling for baby buggies...the chaos outside always threatens to rudely interrupt this private grotesque with a larger social eruption, the collapse of which is equally grotesque. Ideals wake up homeless, when the fabric of decency and peace are torn, heroics make victims like a factory grinding out sausage.
This wind, which somehow succeeds in tugging Anna to chase after the forlorn soldier, also pulls him into a revolutionary company, who need him to lead, to succeed. He must choose. Whether - to heroically continue fighting, this time against the authorities who had sent him into industrially punishing war - or to take the girl, now with that baby, and retire to bed, hands over his head.
Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm and on Sunday afternoon at 3pm, please come see this disorder of a comedy, our five scenes adapted from many brecht versions into one, for here at Prop Thtr and now in America, with its nearness to, and for the distance from, our time.
In respect to our time: our tickets are suggested $15 but at the door we take "pay what you can". We join a significant number of other theaters, of recent years here in Chicago, who follow a similar ticket policy. As an Illinois Not For Profit (501C3) Corporation, we feel that in this time no one should miss a performance for lack of the means to do so. We also remind our audience that there is no more immediate investment into our work, than buying tickets in advance http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/232848
Either way, ahead of time or at our door on the spur of the moment, please come visit this wonderful play that is dedicated above all to the Theater of Chicago, it plays through April. Please don't miss it.
Follow here, for further bloggage about the others in this 14 Performer show, about our show experiences, about the singular work of the show's composer Edward Reardon (who composed Legend of the Dead Soldier and Marie She Sat Upon A Stone" for our "drumming...". ), of Diane Hamm's costumes of the period and set dressing details, and about further arcane Brecht and historical background, about Rosa Luxemburg, as the run progresses. Photos of course of course...
|This is the stage, five days before we opened! (wait till you see what became...)|
|and here an early photo, as we were still rehearsing, by Chicago's wonderful||Johnny Knight|
So... come see the show, and watch here as our run unfolds. Weekly blog updates! Thank-you for having a look...Stefan G. Brün.