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

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
By Bertolt Brecht
Translation by Ralph Manheim
Directed by Charles McMahon
Now - 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.

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one brief intermission

Venue Information: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui will be performed at the Lantern's resident home at St. Stephen's Theater, 923 Ludlow Street in Center City Philadelphia.

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Special Performances & Events

  • Previews: Thursday 9/5 - Tuesday 9/10
  • Opening Night: Wednesday 9/11 at 7PM
  • Artists in Conversation: Post-show discussions with the artists immediately follow 2PM performances on Sunday 9/15, Wednesday 9/18, Sunday 9/22, and Wednesday 9/25.
  • Lantern Pub Night: Join us in the lobby after the performance on Friday 9/20 for lively conversation with members of the cast and crew over complimentary pub beverages.
  • In Conversation with Charles McMahon: Join us Wednesday 10/2 at 5:30PM as Lantern artistic director and Arturo Ui director Charles McMahon discusses gifted storyteller Bertolt Brecht, whom McMahon regards as one of the most mysterious and misunderstood of playwrights of the 20th century. Presented in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, this FREE event will be hosted by the Philadelphia City Institute branch at 1905 Locust Street.
  • In Conversation with Michael Brooks: This post-show discussion immediately follows the 2PM performance on Saturday 10/5. Retired English literature professor Michael Brooks will focus on Bertolt Brecht and mid-20th century theater in Europe and America. A scholar of Victorian fiction and drama, Brooks has written about how the interaction of economic and technological change on society is represented in literature. His works include John Ruskin and Victorian Architecture, A Walking Tour of Manhattan: A Guidebook to Cast Iron Architecture (with Margot Gayle), and Subway City: Riding the Trains, Reading New York, which traces the development of the subway from its inception, including how it has been represented in film and art. Charles McMahon will moderate.
The Cast

Mary Lee Bednarek
Mary Lee Bednarek
Dockdaisy / Betty Dullfeet / Ensemble
Charlie DelMarcelle
Charlie DelMarcelle
Givola / Ensemble
Julia Hopkins
Julia Hopkins
Gregory Isaac
Gregory Isaac
Butcher / Ensemble
Anthony Lawton
Anthony Lawton
Arturo Ui
Jered McLenigan
Jered McLenigan
Giri / Ensemble
David Pica
David Pica
Flake / Ensemble
Brian Anthony Wilson
Brian Anthony Wilson
Roma / Ensemble
Frank X
Frank X
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  •  Janet Embree, Production Manager
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Header Photo: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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