Kathleen Turner inMother Courage and her Children
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by David Hare
Directed by Molly Smith
Epic Classic Drama
Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage after her sold-out run of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to star in the mother of all roles. Tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage profits off the very war that steals her children from her one by one. But will the cost of war be higher than she's prepared to pay? Artistic Director Molly Smith helms this unique in-the-round staging of Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play fusing politics, satire and music into an epic theatrical experience.
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In Mother Courage, Brecht wrote one of the greatest roles a woman can play. Anna Fierling – known as Mother Courage – is a single mother trying to keep her family alive and her business afloat during the Thirty Years War. She is strong. She is determined. And she is resilient. Who better to take on this epic role than Kathleen Turner – a brilliant theater artist who brings so much verve and truth to the characters she creates? I cannot wait to direct her in the most important anti-war play of all time.
The questions this play asks are fascinating. Can you profit from war and retain your humanity? How far will you go for self-preservation? Is a heroic act in wartime a criminal act during peacetime?
It is a powerful, life-changing play, full of intense emotion and comedy. And, of course, Brecht would not be Brecht without music and song. I’m very excited to incorporate a hard-driving, wild, gypsy-punk style of music that will really drive this story.
— Molly Smith
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