RISE OF ARTURO UI
By Bertolt Brecht
In a translation by George Tabori
Revised by Alistair Beaton
Director Joe Douglas
Thu 8 – Sat 10 June, 7pm
When Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, Brecht made the decision to flee his home country with his young family, rather than stay and be victimised for his political beliefs. It proved a shrewd move, as the Nazi party fed the fears and injustices felt by the population, marching them towards World War II and the Final Solution.
Written when Brecht was a refugee in Finland, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui charts Hitler’s rise to power as a parable play. Arturo Ui is a wannabe gangster in 1930s Chicago, very firmly in Al Capone’s shadow. But with a bit of muscle from his companions and a few “acting” lessons, a man can run any town. And maybe the town next to that.
Dundee Rep Ensemble take on this funny, gutsy, enlivening play, first produced 60 years ago by the Berliner Ensemble. Brecht fled to the USA because it offered sanctuary from fascist Europe. The final play in our Stars and Stripes Season asks us, in 2017, to spot the signs of hate and encourages us to resist.
A satirical, musical-comedy, touring to Community Centres, Village Halls and the Dundee Rep stage in June.
Tour Dates are:
31 May - Ardler Complex - 01382 436 442
1 Jun - Charleston Community Centre - 01382 436 723
2 Jun - Rio Community Centre - 01382 543 366
3 Jun - Murthly Village Hall - 01738 710 408
6 Jun - Kirkton - 01382 436 453
12 Jun - Finmill Centre - 01382 438 641
13 Jun - Maxwell Centre - 01382 802 628
15 Jun - Douglas Community Centre - 01382 436 944
16 Jun - Menzieshill Community Centre - 01382 432 967
17 Jun - Eassie, Nevay & Kirkinch Community Association - 01307 840 313