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What of This Play?

43.1 million people—13.5%—in the United States live in poverty; 19.4 million—6%— in deep poverty. Expand to a world scope and 80%, more than 5 billion people, live on less than $10 a day. Let that sink in. There exists a war on sexuality, gender, identity, and sex itself. Race and class divide us for the stupidest of reasons. Access to healthcare, food, shelter, and water are debated as if one can’t decide between the steak tartar and the roasted duck. It’s also three minutes to midnight—the closest it’s been since 1984.* These issues are inextricably linked in the real world and in the world Maria Irene Fornes ...

Cor Theatre’s 2017 Season

First, right after the New Year, Cor will present a scorching revival of Cuban-American writer María Irene Fornés’s seminal play What of the Night? Acclaimed Chicago director and playwright Carlos Murillo will stage Fornés’ epic, Pulitzer Prize-nominated, four-part play about poverty in America in a co-production with Stage Left Theatre. In June, Cor will introduce Chicago to Canadian playwright, director, and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill, currently enjoying a meteoric ride to the top of Canada’s gay arts community, with the Midwest premiere of Late Company. Cor Artistic Director Tosha Fowler will star with Cor Ensemble Member Ernie Nolan in ...

What our audiences are saying about The Good Person of Szechwan!

                 

Wang the Waterseller and Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on the Fragility of Goodness

Late in the first act of our production of Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan, Wang the Waterseller cautions the Gods: "Awakened Ones, Don't be too hard on Shen Te. Maybe your expecting too much?" Wang's simple plea stands out in a script that wrestles with big ideas and bigger theories. For our production, Wang's defense isn't of Shen Te as a good person, but rather a warning that being good in Szechwan is no easy task. But what is the essence of a Good Person in our world? Today, in 2016? To shed some insight, we turned to one of the greatest minds of our modern world, philosopher Margaret Nussbaum. Nussbaum argues in her 2001 ...

“Is love possible in a capitalist, dog eat dog, world or will the systems in place automatically destroy the good and loving people like Shen Te?”

Systems, Supply, Demand and Love IN Szechwan.   For much of his career, Brecht explored the highs and lows of capitalism in plays like St. Joan of the Stockyards, The Rise and Fall of Mahogany, and The Good Person of Szechwan. In the dirty, capitalist world of Good Person the inhabitants can’t afford to have morals. Originally titled The Product of Love, Brecht sought to explore in Good Person the social and economic terms of love as a commodity and created a situation where someone who sells “love” eventually falls in love. Even after experiencing romantic love, our heroine struggles with other forms of love, self-love and ...

Director Ernie Nolan On Good Person

  Sex. Money. Love. Power. Greed. Corruption. I’m not talking about last season of Empire or the current state of Chicago politics. I’m listing a couple of the themes of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan—a play begun in 1938 but not completed until 1941 while the playwright was in exile in the United States—that seem ripped from the headlines and media sound bites of today. The Play explores the question, “How can someone be good to themselves and to others at the same time?” Or perhaps, in less academic terms, it asks one of the questions posed in the film Straight Outta Compton, “If you had the chance ...

Next Season Announcement: Fornes ‘What of the Night?’ directed by Carlos Murillo a Co-Production with Stage Left

In the winter, Stage Left and Cor Theatre present a co-production of What of the Night? by María Irene Fornés, directed by Carlos Murillo. This epic meditation on poverty in America was a Pultizer finalist in 1990. Cor Theatre Artistic Director Tosha Fowler says of the partnership, "With admiration for Stage Left's longevity and the exciting opportunities they provide to artists through their strong commitment to mission, we at Cor are thrilled to announce a collaboration of theatre that is bound to leave you breathless. Combining Stage Left's strength with our fearless aesthetic, Fornés' poetically primal voice, and Carlos Murillo's passionate ...

Meet the Cast of Good Person of Szechwan

COR ADDS SIZZLE TO CHICAGO SUMMER THEATER WITH THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN, AUG. 11-SEPT. 11 AT A RED ORCHID THEATRE Ernie Nolan will direct Cor Theatre’s The Good Person of Szechwan starring Will Von Vogt in the title role. Reflecting the diversity of Chicago, the cast also features Jos N. Banks, Dawn Bless, Chris Brickhouse, Michael Buono, Ben Chang, Isabella Coelho, Aida Delaz, Niko Kourtis, Narciso Lobo, Jeri Marshall and Lea Pascal.   Cor company member Ernie Nolan directs Tony Kushner’s translation of Brecht’s popular parable of good and evil. Fellow Cor ensemble member Will Von Vogt plays the title role of the good ...

Top Ten Lines from “Christina, the Girl King”

By Topher Kielbasa Sex, violence, intrigue, philosophy, science, religion, politics, and blasphemy pepper the language of Christina, the Girl King. Here are one dramaturge’s top ten lines: 10. “JOHAN! If only grace could reach your brain and guide the movement from the top down, I’d have reason to be proud of you.” – Axel Axel is one of the most dynamic characters in the play. He is simultaneously trying to keep the best interests of his son, Johan, his adopted daughter, Christina, and his country in mind. And while these interests continually clash, Axel still finds a way to make some astute observations. 9. “‘A girl?! How ...

Meet the Cast and Characters—Toya Turner as Christina, King of Sweden

Toya Turner is a Jamaican-American, who grew up in Houston, Texas. She trained at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University. Stage credits include: SUNSET BABY (Timeline), THE RAID (Jackalope) and FOR HER AS A PIANO (Pegasus). TV/Film credits: AMERICA (Lifetime), CHICAGO FIRE (NBC) and EMPIRE (FOX). Up Next: Tracy in new series THE CHICAGO PROJECT (Showtime) and the Hero Mom in Comcast XFinity's "Layover" Print Ad. Visit www.IAmToya.com for more! What was your reaction when first reading Christina? "This is mine!" And I had that reaction because I don't think I've ever auditioned for a person like this ...