WAR! What is it good for?…. BUSINESS! Just ask MOTHER COURAGE
Korda Artistic Productions, for the first time ever in Windsor, Bertolt Brecht’s* masterpiece MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDRENin a new translation by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America).
The play will feature original music by James Atin-Godden, with a 30s, Klezmer feel, performed by a live band with Benjamin Goldsteinon keyboard. Other members of the band do double duty as both musicians and actors. Robert Godden plays guitar and the Chaplain; Lev Tokol plays percussion and Mother Courage’s younger song, Swiss Cheese; Jennifer DeSaulniers plays flute/clarinet and several parts including the Regimental Secretary; and Colin Zozit plays Bass as well as the Sergeant and other characters. The rest of the cast includes Tracey B. Atinas the indomitable Mother Courage; Kitu Turcas as Eilif her oldest son; Mercedes Ranjit as her mute daughter Kattrin; Roberta Quinlan as Yvette; Jeff Wilkinson as the Chaplain; George Vukmirovic Kelso,Patrick White, Jenny Hunter and James Neelyas the General.
Directed by Tova Perlmutter and Tracey B. Atin (both fresh from Cabaret) with set art by Jordan Marchand, the play is an epic that follows the adventures of Mother Courage, her three children and her wagon with its wares through The Thirty Years’ War, 1618-1648 (“a protracted, gruesome catastrophe for everyone except the handful of victors among the European aristocracy who profited by it.” – Kushner).
Mother Courage and Her Children brims over with the coarse, the common, the profane, the profound, the comic and the tragic… all the stuff that life is made of. Brecht wants us to feel, but only if we combine feeling with thinking.
Is Mother Courage an anti-war play or a call to arms? Come see the show and we’ll talk!
The production runs MAY 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 AT 8:00 PM and MAY 19 AND 26 AT 2:00PM at The KordaZone Theatre, 2520 Seminole Street in Windsor, ON. Tickets are $20 for General Admission (and online pre-sales), $15 for Seniors, and $10 for Students. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Eventbrite, Juniper Books and The Nancy Johns Gallery and Framing, or by calling 519-252-2041.