Lantern Theater Company
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht
2019/20 Season

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
By Bertolt Brecht
Translation by Ralph Manheim
Directed by Charles McMahon
September 5 - October 13, 2019

A shady businessman turns to politics, using gangster instincts to grab and hold power. He rapidly learns how to sway a crowd using fear and false promises. Will the people reject his appeal or succumb to his demands? In the midst of a world war, Bertolt Brecht brought forth this brilliant drama that remains an insightful parable for our time.

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The Cast

Mary Lee Bednarek as Dockdaisy / Betty Dullfeet / Ensemble  •  Charlie DelMarcelle as Givola / Ensemble  •  Julia Hopkins as Ensemble  •  Gregory Isaac as Butcher / Ensemble  •  Anthony Lawton as Arturo Ui  •  Jered McLenigan as Giri / Ensemble  •  David Pica as Flake / Ensemble  •  Brian Anthony Wilson as Roma / Ensemble  •  Frank X as Dogsborough / Ensemble

The Creative Team

Nick Embree, Scenic Designer  •  Natalia de la Torre, Costume Designer  •  Drew Billiau, Lighting Designer  •  Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer  •  Rebecca Smith, AEA Stage Manager  •  David Bardeen, Assistant Director
News & Reviews

The Philadelphia Tribune talks with actor Frank X: "Being in a great play and being part of something bigger than yourself doesn't happen every day. But when it does it's marvelous." more

"Brecht's 1941 parody feels very 2019." –The Philadelphia Inquirer  more

"A gripping piece of drama filled with strong speeches, but also generously sprinkled with dark humor. The translation Lantern used is by Ralph Manheim, widely considered one of the best German-into-English translators of the 20th century... The English text is, by turns, sparkling, lyrical, muscular, persuasive and alarming. Arturo Ui is quite a challenging work, but the Lantern team met the challenge with overwhelming success." –Philadelphia Free Press

"Lantern's production of The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui is quick, masterful, and would make Brecht proud." –Phindie  more

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Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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