THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI- BY BERTOLT BRECHT, TRANSLATED BY GEORGE TABORI & DIRECTED BY DAVID M. JENKINS May 15 – June 7, 2020. Previews May 13-14. Written while in exile
THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI- BY BERTOLT BRECHT, TRANSLATED BY GEORGE TABORI & DIRECTED BY DAVID M. JENKINS
May 15 – June 7, 2020. Previews May 13-14.
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 2020 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. “You laugh at him, you fear him, you realize you know him. You certainly can’t resist him” – Time Out New York. “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
May 13 (Wednesday) - June 7 (Sunday)
Jobsite Theater, Shimberg Playhouse
1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa, FL 33602