Drama Department Prepares for Spring Play

Students Will Be Performing "Mother Courage and Her Children"

By: David Crawford

“Like all great plays, Courage instructs; and in its instruction flashes forth from within a churning, disorienting action, compounded of conflict, of contradiction.”

—Tony Kushner, 2009

“Mother Courage and Her Children,” the epic tragedy translated by the Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner is rolling onto wwudrama’s Village Hall stage. The narrative that stemmed from Bertolt Brecht’s criticism of the Nazis in World War II combines wit and wisdom to create “Mother Courage, one of the most astonishing stage creations of the 20th century [as she] drags her cart across the battlefields, profiteering from a war that destroys her children, one by one” (Methuen Drama, 2009).

Directed by communications professor David Crawford, the show moves out of the original 17th century timeline and instead travels through seven major American conflicts that have shaped the United States from the American Revolution, to the war in Iraq.

Featuring 12 original jazz-style compositions by Portland, Ore., composer Joseph Appel, the show promises to surprise and entertain. Join the experience as time after time Mother Courage (played by Jennifer Landaverde) must make the decision to succeed or to sacrifice.

The show opens May 18 at 9 p.m. and runs May 19, 23, 25, and 26. Saturday shows are at 9 p.m., Thursday and Sunday shows at 8 p.m.

For reservations, go to drama.wallawalla.edu.

May 6, 2013

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