Event: Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage & Her Children
When: February 13-23
When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday Matinee 4:30 p.m.
Where: Locust Grove, Audubon Auditorium, 561 Blakenbaker Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40207
$ 24.00 GENERAL ADMISSION
$ 22.00 SENIORS
$ 18.00 STUDENTS
GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE CONTACT: [email protected]
One of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, Mother Courage’s relevance to today could not be more apparent. Through original music by Louisville’s own Gregory and Abigail Maupin in the style of cabaret, klezmer and bluegrass; comedic and meditative moments, outright protest, and poignant questioning — Brecht’s play lyrically uses the historical events of the Thirty Years War in Europe in the 1600s, to interrogate the meaning of continued wars, as well as the hatreds they stoke towards those stereotyped as ‘the other’ in society.
Brecht wrote Mother Courage and Her Children as an imminent warning in the 1930s, as he went into exile due to Germany’s racist policies, with his Jewish wife, actor Helene Weigel, who later played the iconic role of Mother Courage. But just as the play asks how Mother Courage the outsider can survive — with the rise of supremacism, racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia – it ultimately asks, “how can we all survive?”