Mother Courage and Her Children

By Bertolt Brecht
Music by Paul Dessau, Hans Eisler, Kurt Weill, and Jan Powell & Ken Stone
English Version by Eric Bentley
Directed by Andrew J. Robinson

Widely considered one of the great dramatic creations of the modern stage, Mother Courage and Her Children is Bertolt Brecht’s most passionate and profound statement against war. Set in the seventeenth century, the play follows Anna Fierling — Mother Courage — an itinerant trader, as she pulls her wagon of wares and her children through the blood and carnage of Europe’s religious wars. Battered by hardships, brutality, and the degradation and death of her children, she ultimately finds herself alone with the one thing in which she truly believes — her ramshackle wagon with its tattered flag and freight of boots and brandy. Fitting herself in its harness, the old woman manages, with the last of her strength, to drag it onward to the next battle. In the enduring figure of Mother Courage, Bertolt Brecht has created one of the most extraordinary characters in dramatic literature.

Creative Team

Musical Director: Jan Powell
Musical Staging: Harry Groener
Scenic Design: John Iacovelli
Lighting Design: Ellen Monocroussos
Costume Design: Michele K. Short
Properties Design: Chuck Olson
Fight Director: Matthew Jaeger
Dramaturg: Irene Robinson
Muralist: Judith Von Euer
Production Stage Manager: Young Ji
Stage Manager: Lindsey Martens

Orchestra

Accordion: Alicia Wollerton, Eric Johnson
Bugle: Terry Evans
Guitar: Eugene Alper
Banjolele, Duduk: John Apicella
Drums: Janellen Steininger, Ralph Drischell
Didgeridoo, Recorder: Matthew Jaeger
Recorder: John Sloan

Performers

    Team A

  • Narrator/Peasant Woman
    Janellen Steininger
  • Recruiting Officer/Chaplain
    John Apicella
  • Recruiting Officer/Chaplain
    Philip Proctor
  • Sergeant, Lieutenant, Soldier
    Josh Clark
  • Sergeant, Lieutenant, Soldier
    Geoffrey Wade
  • Mother Courage
    Anne Gee Byrd
  • Eilif/A Soldier
    Matthew Jaeuger
  • Eilif/A Soldier
    John Sloan
  • Swiss Cheese/A Soldier
    Nathan Patrick
  • Swiss Cheese/A Soldier
    Tim Venable
  • Kattrin
    Emily Eiden
  • Kattrin
    Katy Tyszkiewicz
  • The Cook
    Bruce French
  • The Cook
    Harry Groener
  • Swedish Commander/Soldier
    Terry Evans
  • Officer/Soldier
    Eugene Alper
  • Yvette
    Rhonda Aldrich
  • Yvette
    Gigi Bermingham
  • Colonel/Clerk/Old Peasant
    Ralph Drischell
  • A Soldier/A Peasant
    Andrew Matthews
  • A Soldier/A Peasant
    Adam Meyer