The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
A Gangster Spectacle
By Bertolt Brecht, Translated By George Tabori
Directed By David M. Jenkins
May 13 – Jun. 5, 2022
Tickets start at $29.50
Preview Performances: May 11 – 12 | Tickets start at: $18
Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The performance is approximately one hour and forty minutes with no intermission.
What It’s About
Expect the unexpected at this “gangster spectacle” that New York Magazine said is “a sly, fearsome sideshow, a deceptively humble, hugely exciting piece of work … It’s Richard III meets Jimmy Cagney by way of the vaudeville circuit … both rollicking and frightening.” Brecht’s skewering authoritarianism is given renewed significance in 2022, not just in America but across the globe.
A comedy about the rise of the Third Reich? You betcha. The point isn’t to make fun that directly, but to poke us all over the fact that we allow it to keep happening — even today in countries across the globe, and in states within our “imperfect union.”
Written while in exile in 1941, Brecht’s Arturo Ui is a satirical allegory that recasts Hitler’s rise as a 1930’s Chicago gangster’s takeover of the Windy City’s green-grocery trade. Terror and bloodshed follow — can anyone stop him? The show is presented here in an adaptation featuring eight performers — Brecht’s original featured over 35. Previous lauded NY revivals have featured the likes of Christopher Plummer, Al Pacino, and Raul Esparza.
This production was inspired by Producing Artistic Director David M. Jenkins’ 2019 visit to Brecht’s theatrical home, the Berliner Ensemble, where Arturo Ui is still one of their most popular productions. Jobsite previously produced Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera in 2017.
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Cast & Crew
- David M. Jenkins – Director
- Brian Smallheer – Technical Director
- Vivian E. Rodriguez – Production Stage Manager
- Colleen Cherry – O’Casey / Betty Dullfoot / Actor / Fish
- Giles Davies – Giuseppe “The Florist” Givola / Bowl / Servant / Smith
- Spencer Meyers – Ernesto Roma / Prosecutor / Minister
- Andresia Moseley – Clark / Dockdaisy / Woman / Shorty
- Derrick Phillips – Arturo Ui / Judge
- Blake Smallen – Young Dogsborough / Ragg / Defense / Inna / Jim Crocket
- Katrina Stevenson – Emanuele Giri / Butcher
- Hugh Timoney – Dogsborough / Ignatius Dullfoot / Greenwool / Physician
- Jo Averill-Snell – Lighting Designer
- Teah Banks – Rehearsal Stage Manager
- Jeremy Douglass – Composer/Sound Designer
- David M. Jenkins – Video Designer
- Brian Smallheer – Scenic Designer
- Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer