The Good Soul Of Setzuan
About The Good Soul Of Setzuan
Irondale Ensemble, an immersive home for theater and imaginative artist audience connections, will present The Good Soul of Setzuan as part two of their three-part series Brecht in Exile.
This parable follows Shen Tei, the kind-hearted, penniless prostitute, found by a trio of Gods to be the only good person in town. With her goodness impossibly tested by a world that rewards evil, she is forced to disguise herself as a savvy businessman male cousin, Shui Ta, to master the ruthlessness necessary to be a “good person.” For Brecht, and mirrored in the climate of today, doing good and surviving are not compatible and enlists the audience to help determine how the story should end.
Translated by noted Scottish playwright David Harrower, Irondale’s production is set in the playwrights’ room, mirroring Brecht’s practice when he was kept in exile in the United States due to the Nazi ruling in World War 2.
An ensemble of 6 actors will portray over 40 characters, both male and female. This type of casting transforms the play into an intimate epic event, where the acting becomes more focused and contained for a heightened audience experience, and the actors are challenged by the quick and imaginative transformations throughout Brecht’s texts.
2hr (Inc. Intermission)
Recommended for ages 12 and up.