THE APRON THEATER & NEXT STAGE ARTS PROJECT
Presents MOTHER COURAGE and Her Children JULY 13-16 and 20- 22
Mother Courage and her Children, the modern classic drama that changed the direction of theater in the twentieth century, is coming to southern Vermont. The Apron Theater Company will present Bertolt Brecht’s play at Next Stage Arts Project in Putney, July 13 – 16 and 20 – 22. The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 7:30. There will be one matinee, Sunday the 16th, at 2:00. Mother Courage will also be participating in the Great River Theater Festival July 6th and 9th.
This sprawling, boisterous play confronts the savagery of war with sardonic humor, frequently expressed through song. Brecht had learned in The Threepenny Opera the power of music to entertain and underline a point. We can’t help laughing, but there’s a shudder underneath. In this production, nine actors play thirty-two different characters: officers, soldiers, peasants, a prostitute, a cook, a chaplain, Mother Courage’s two sons and mute daughter. The sons explain how she got the name: “She drove through a bombardment with fifty loaves of bread in her wagon!” Was this heroism to feed starving people or a chance to make a sale? “I couldn’t help myself,” she says, “They were going moldy.” She fights to survive and keep her children safe, but she can’t resist the lure of a deal. Then there’s the wagon with her merchandise, almost another character. The final image of her hauling it alone across the scarred landscape of war is one of the most memorable moments in the history of theater. It’s hard to resist. But is she a tragic heroine or a war profiteer? Victim or exploiter?