Good Person of Szechwan
THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN by Bertolt Brecht and translated by Tony Kushner
Directed by Ernie Nolan
Featuring Ensemble Member Will Von Vogt
August 11 – September 11, 2016 @ A Red Orchid Theater, 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago
“Our theater must stimulate a desire for understanding, a delight in changing reality.” ~Bertolt Brecht
In The Good Person of Szechwan, three gods are on a journey to find out if there are any good people left on earth. Only Shen Te, a kind and generous prostitute, offers them shelter. With the money they give her she opens a tobacco shop. At once everyone needs her help. Her livelihood is in danger. Worse, she is falling in love with Sun, a pilot, who is robbing her blind. Her hard hearted cousin, Shui Ta, arrives to protect her. Who is heand how can good people stay good in a world of poverty and cruelty?
Cor’s epic production is set in a multicultural, urban environment on the brink of change, much like Chicago. Infused with hot hip hop beats, Cor’s new “Brecht meets Empire” take on Good Person will remind audiences that Brecht was not only one of the greatest theatrical thinkers of the last century, but entertainers as well.
“Brecht’s brilliant play, which grapples with themes of income and gender inequality, poverty and urban decay, seems just as relevant today, if not more so, than it did when he completed it in 1940,” said director Ernie Nolan. “As the nation debates issues of sex and gender identity, as our presidential race is speeding up, and with our presidential candidates asking us to consider why they are ‘good’ for the job, Good Person examines Shen Te’s struggle to be ‘good’ in a world where goodness isn’t exactly in demand.”
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 hearted prostitute, Shen Te, just one example of non-traditional, color and gender-blind casting in what promises to be one of the most talked about Chicago theater offerings this summer.
Performances of Cor Theatre’s The Good Person of Szechwan are August 11-September 11, 2016 at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells Street in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. Previews are Thursday through Saturday, August 11-13, at 7:30 pm. Press opening is Sunday, August 14 at 5 p.m. Gala opening is Monday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. Gala opening tickets are $75 and include a pre-show reception with food and cocktails, the show and a champagne toast with the cast and crew after the performance.
Performances run through September 11: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25; $10 students and industry. Tickets go on sale July 1. For tickets and information, visit CorTheatre.org or call (866) 811-4111. Note: For adult audiences only. Contains sexual content and partial nudity.
Cast & Production Team
Wang the Watercarrier- Dawn Bliss
Sun/Husband- Chris Brickhouse*
Shu Fu/ Wife- Niko Kourtis
Mrs Shin- Jeri Marshall
Mrs Mitzu- Lea Pascal
Policeman/ Mrs Yang/ Unemployed Man- Narciso Lobo
God 3/ Grandfather/ Old Prostitute- Ben Chang
God 2/ Sister-in-Law/ Guard- Jos N. Banks
God 1/ Carpetner/ Guard – Aida Delaz
Nephew/ Male Vocal- Michael Buono
Niece- Isabella Karina Coelho
Set and Properties Design – Stefin Steberl*
Costumes – Alarie Hammock*
Lights – Claire Chrzan
Sound – Matt Reich
Technical Direcor – Adam Gutkin*
Production Stage Manager – Meredith Mathews
Production Manager & Movement- Tosha Fowler*
Assistant Production Manager- Erin Collins
Associate Producer & Marketing- Elyse Cowles*
*Denotes Cor Company Member.