A YULETIDE TALE OF THE RISING TIDE FROM READERS THEATRE REP
It’s the late 1920’s, and the dark tide is rising across Europe. In response, Bertolt Brecht pens The Elephant Calf, a play-within-the-play Man Equals Man, and later The Exception and the Rule, one of his Lehrstücke, or learning plays. Readers Theatre Rep brings these two works to the stage for A VERY BRECHTIAN CHRISTMAS, directed by Christy Drogosch.
The Elephant Calf features a trial at its center. The Calf is accused of murdering his mother, and must fight for his innocence with Banana Tree as vindictive attorney and Moon as judge. The Exception and the Rule finds a merchant and his porter struggling across the desert. The porter is far more generous with his water… with disastrous results.
“Both plays feature the corrupting influence of power and the exploitation of law over the marginalized,” says Drogosch. But the director was as drawn to the medium as the message. “Brecht uses comedy, music hall style, filmic technique, and of course absurdity to make his points.” And to make us both laugh, she says, and think.
Readers Theatre Repertory is proud to present these brilliant cautionary tales, and commits to continuing to tell stories of truth, beauty, courage and warning on its stage.
The cast includes Garland Lyons, Megan Skye Hale, Patrick Tangredi, Marc Weaver and Wendy Wilcox.