Artistic Director Tosha Fowler on “Late Company”

A good friend of mine once pondered the expression “It’s all downhill from here” and surmised that it doesn’t mean life gets worse as we get older and as time passes. Rather, life just rolls on faster and faster. For some, there are indeed moments filled with a sense of helplessness. For others, there are nothing but those moments. In Late Company by Jordan Tannahill, we witness an argument and debate over the cause of a suicide.  We see the effect one individual’s decision to no longer endure those feelings of helplessness has on those closest to them. But, ...

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‘Late Company’ Arriving June 16th

Get set for a scorching start to Chicago’s summer theater season when Cor Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of Late Company, a shockingly funny, scathingly painful drama set on Chicago’s North Shore about LGBTQ youth and the scourge of teen suicide. Acclaimed director Jessica Fisch will stage the first Chicago production of this vitally important new work by Canadian playwright, director, and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill - “the future of Canadian theatre” (NOW Magazine) and “the hottest name in Canadian theatre” (Montreal Gazette) - currently enjoying a ...

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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 ...

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

                 

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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 ...

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“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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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