Antaeus Archive:

2005 Season

Mother Courage and Her Children

April 8 – June 22, 2005

Written 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.

ADVISORY

Recommended for Ages 16+

CAST

NARRATOR/ PEASANT WOMAN: Janellen Steininger
RECRUITING OFFICER/CHAPLAIN: John Apicella, Philip Proctor
SERGEANT/LIEUTENANT/SOLDIER: Josh Clark, Geoffrey Wade
MOTHER COURAGE: Anne Gee Byrd
EILIF/A SOLDIER: Matthew Jaeuger, John Sloan
SWISS CHEESE/ A SOLDIER: Nathan Patrick, Timothy Adam Venable
KATTRIN: Emily Eiden, Katy Tyszkiewicz
THE COOK: Bruce French, Harry Groener
SWEDISH COMMANDER/SOLDIER: Terry Evans
OFFICER/SOLDIER: Eugene Alper
YVETTE: Rhonda Aldrich, Gigi Bermingham
COLONEL/CLERK/OLD PEASANT: Ralph Drischell
A SOLDIER/ A PEASANT: Andrew Matthews, Adam Meyer



*member, Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S. This production is presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Los Angeles Membership Company Rule

Production 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

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