Sep. 8, 2016
Mary Moody Northen Theatre, the award-winning producing arm of the St. Edward’s University theater training program, kicks off our 44th anniversary season with The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui: A Gangster Spectacle.
Welcome to gangster-era Chicago, where the Cauliflower Trust is having a tough run. Enter the wannabe racketeer Arturo Ui. He and his hoodlum henchmen are looking for a little action, and running a “protection” campaign for the Trust looks like a golden opportunity. But power is tasty, and Ui quickly looks to expand his influence. Described as "American gangster movie meets Richard III," Brecht's wildly theatrical satire parallels Hitler's rise to power and gets a bright, fresh telling in the hands of award-winning director David Long. Part farce, part spectacle and part siren warning, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui paints a chilling portrait of the dangers of unchallenged corruption. The production features original, sultry 1930’s-esq, Brechtian music by Austin composer Peter Stopschinski. Equity guest artists are Amy Downing and David Stahl. Advisory: Adult Themes. “