"[The actors and teaching artists] were so gifted in helping to both bring a meaningful artistic experience into our space and facilitating a thoughtful conversation."
Todd Bratulich - Pastor for Community Engagement at First Covenant Church
Written by Bertolt Brecht
When an economic slump provides prime conditions for the rise of a small-time thug (strikingly similar to Al Capone) to take over the vegetable trade in 1930’s Chicago, a parallel is set up for the story of another thug who is rising to power on the world stage in 1941, Adolf Hitler. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a viciously funny “parable play,” written but rarely performed in the United States. With the 2020 presidential election right around the corner, Ui shows a striking similarity to Trump's rise to power with his use of threats, blackmail, lack of empathy, and bribes of protection. Frank Theatre last produced the play in 2001.
*We will offer students a discounted ticket voucher to see this play or a different play presented by Frank Theatre at a later date.
NOTE: On Stage is going to adhere to the highest level of safety precautions during this time, and even though some classes could be meeting face-to-face in the fall, all On Stage talks will be online until we all can safely gather together.