The University of Indianapolis theatre department presents The Good Person of Szechwan Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 27. This Indianapolis college offers performances and designs from up and coming Indianapolis artists and Indianapolis kids. Together these Indianapolis people will bring one of Bertolt Brecht’s most fascinating scripts to life. Tickets for this Indianapolis theatre event are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for students, seniors and groups of eight or more. University of Indianapolis students, faculty and staff will be admitted for FREE.
Written while was in exile in the United States, The Good Person of Szechwan is one of Bertolt Brecht’s most celebrated plays. In it has method of epic theatre collides with his fascination with Chinese culture. Its plot explores the nature of good versus evil, right and wrong, love and materialism. In fact, Brecht originally intended to call the play The Product of Love, a reflection of the interchangeable nature of love and commodities in modern society.
In The Good Person of Szechwan, three gods arrive on earth in search of a human who still lives by the principles sent from the gods long ago. As they arrive on the outskirts of the town of Szechwan, they are already exhausted from their search, finding the prevailing themes of humanity to instead be greed, evil, dishonesty and selfishness. The same seems to be true in Szechwan as they search for a good hearted soul to take them in for the night.
They are turned away by all except an impoverished prostitute named Shen Te. Her inherent charity forces her to cheerily offer hospitality to any in need. Recognizing the unique propensity toward good in Shen Te, the gods reward her with enough money for her to buy a humble tobacco shop (which serves as both a gift and a test of her human spirit). Her charitable attitude quickly turns her shop into a overcrowded crime ridden poorhouse.
The good natured Shen Te is forced to create an alter ego, Shui Ta. She dawns men’s clothes, a mask and a deep voice in order to pose as her own cousin. Shui Ta is everything Shen Te is not: hard hearted, cruel and crass. As circumstances mount Shen Te’s identity slowly gives way to Shui Ta, as she loses control of the life around her. Find out how Brecht resolves the crisis of the common man in The Good Person of Szechwan at the University of Indianapolis.
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The Good Person of Szechwan
February 19 through February 27
University of Indianapolis
1400 Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46277