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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
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
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
Mary Lee Bednarek
Dockdaisy / Betty Dullfeet / Ensemble
Charlie DelMarcelle
Charlie DelMarcelle
Givola / Ensemble
Julia Hopkins
Julia Hopkins
Ensemble
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
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." –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  more

"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: 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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