Announcing the 2018-2019 Season
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THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
By Bertolt Brecht (translated by George Tabori)
Beginning late October
In 1930s Chicago, mobster Arturo Ui will stop at nothing to control the cauliflower trade. Terror and bloodshed follow. Can anyone stop him? Brecht’s skewering of Adolf Hitler and totalitarianism is given renewed significance in a production directed by John Doyle. Written in 1941, the play was one of the Berliner Ensemble’s greatest box office successes.
Two 19th-Century Plays by August Strindberg in Repertory
Beginning early January
On a hot summer evening, Miss Julie, the lonely, imperious daughter of an aristocrat, falls for her father’s charismatic footman. The scandal that ensues spirals out of control and results in an ending that stunned theater-goers when it premiered in 1880. Strindberg’s naturalist tragedy about sexuality, class and expectations is a revolutionary piece of modern drama widely considered one of his masterpieces.
THE DANCE OF DEATH
Retired military man Edgar and his wife Alice have given up on any semblance of civility toward each other on the threshold of their 25th wedding anniversary. Due to their isolation, however, they are as codependent as they are hateful. Seething with cruelty, and punctuated by absurdity and humor, Strindberg’s electrifying play was ages ahead of its time in its bleak examination of marriage and the social institutions governing it.
THE CRADLE WILL ROCK
By Marc Blitzstein
Beginning late March
In Steeltown, USA, laborer Larry Foreman struggles to unionize fellow steel workers against mounting attacks from a greedy industrialist, who uses his power to influence nearly everyone else in town. Marc Blitzstein’s folk opera, created through the Federal Theater Project, was famously shut down on the eve of opening night by federal authorities fearing its pro-labor stance.
PLAY ON! A FESTIVAL OF 39 READINGS FROM OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL’S TRANSLATION PROJECT*
CSC in partnership with Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) presents 39 readings from the Play on! Shakespeare translation project. OSF commissioned 36 playwrights—more than half are women and more than half are playwrights of color, each paired with a dramaturg—to translate Shakespeare’s canon into contemporary modern English to celebrate the enduring impact of the Bard’s work. These commissions challenge the playwrights to bring the same level of dramatic pressure and rigor of language to their work as is present in the originals, deepening our understanding and engagement with Shakespeare. This project is sponsored by a generous grant from the Hitz Foundation.
*PLAY ON! is not a part of 2018-2019 membership packages. Members will receive details about exclusive members-only pricing for this special event later in the season.