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

Wed., May. 11, 2022
Thu., May. 12, 2022
Fri., May. 13, 2022
Sat., May. 14, 2022
Sun., May. 15, 2022

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Single ticket prices listed ($29.50) are base-line prices. Prices for individual performances will increase based on demand​.

You laugh at him, you fear him, you realize you know him. You certainly can’t resist him

Time Out New York

What It’s About

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? Brecht’s skewering of Adolf Hitler and totalitarianism is given renewed significance in 2022 America and 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’ recent visit to Brecht’s theatrical home, the Berliner Ensemble, where Arturo Ui is still one of their most popular productions. Jobsite previously produced a large-scale version of Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera in 2017.

Arturo Ui 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 ... it’s both rollicking and frightening.

New York Magazine


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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director


  • Colleen Cherry – O’Casey/Betty Dullfleet
  • Giles Davies – Giuseppe “The Florist” Givola
  • Spencer Meyers – Ernesto Roma
  • Andresia Moseley – Flake/Dockdaisy
  • Derrick Phillips – Arturo Ui
  • Blake Smallen – Clark
  • Katrina Stevenson – Emanuele Giri
  • Hugh Timoney – Ignatius Dullfleet/Dogsborough

* all other characters are performed by members of the ensemble


  • Vivian E. Rodriguez – Production Stage Manager
  • Teah Banks – Rehearsal Stage Manager
  • Jo Averill-Snell – Lighting Designer
  • David M. Jenkins – Scenic, Video, and Sound Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

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