THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI by Bertolt Brecht, translated by George Tabori. Directed by Laura Elizabeth30/10/19
Set in 1930s Chicago, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui tells of the rise of gang warfare and how the prohibition of alcohol provided great opportunities for illegal profiteering and bootlegging.
Using a large cast, this lively, funny satire brings to life the Chicago of the thirties, with speak-easies, glamorous guys and dolls and, of course, bootlegging - not of alcohol but cauliflowers! Gradually the conversion of Arturo Ui into a murderous dictator cleverly mirrors the rise of Hitler and the Nazis.
An Auditorium production
Reading and Introduction: Wednesday 30 October 2019 at 7.45 pm
Auditions: Sunday 3 November at 12 midday and Monday 4 November at 7.30 pm
The Reading and the Auditions are open to non-members and members alike. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
There will also be three Brecht workshops for the cast: Wednesday 8, Monday 13 and Wednesday 15 January2020 at 7.30 pm
MORE INFORMATION AND CAST LIST
Set in the 1930s, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui tells of the rise of gang warfare in Chicago, the prohibition of alcohol providing great opportunities for illegal profiteering and bootlegging.
But this is Brecht telling the story, using these events to mirror the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. In place of boot-leg gin, the gangsters in this play are dealing with bootleg cauliflowers. Al Capone is replaced by Arturo Ui – or Adolf Hitler. The Warehouse Fire in downtown Chicago reflects the Reichstag Fire in downtown Berlin - and so on. In fact, what Brecht is creating is a marvellous satirical allegory.
At the opening, the character of Ui (or Hitler) seems a nervous idiot who doesn't look capable of organising boy scouts, never mind a criminal gang. But following some acting lessons, Ui soon learns how to dominate – as Hitler learnt to do with the crowds at the Nuremburg Rallies.
This lively, funny satire has a large cast bringing to life the Chicago of old: speak-easies, glamorous guys and dolls, tommy guns, and of course, bootleg cauliflowers. But the gradual conversion of Ui into a murderous dictator cleverly mirrors the rise of Hitler, reminding us of the historical truth.
Dogsborough(Paul von Hindenburg- Germany’s President) – war hero, respected, older gentleman
GiueseppeGivola(Joseph Goebbels) – A florist who walks with a limp
ErnestoRoma(Ernest Rohm)– In charge of the mob. Killed.
EmanueleGiri(Hermann Göring) – Ui’s right hand man, coolest killer, likes to collect hats as trophies
ArturoUi(Adolf Hitler) – Charlie Chaplin(esque) to start but as the show continues he takes on the characteristics of Hitler and is someone to be terrified of.
Business men of the Cauliflower Trust:
Sheet, Butcher, Clark, Bowl
There are many characters in the production meaning actors will play multiple parts.
Actor 1: Arturo Ui
Actor 2: Master of Ceremonies/Ragg (reporter)/Jim Crocket (vegetable trader)
Actor 3: Dogsborough/Actor/Minister
Actor 4: Giuseppe Givola
Actor 5: Ernesto Roma
Actor 6: Emanuele Giri/O’Casey/Judge?
Actor 7: Butcher/Defence Council
Actor 8: Bowl/Judge/Ensemble
Actor 9: Clark/Court Physician
Actor 10: Young Dogsborough/Fish/Young Inna/Ensemble
Actor 11: Sheet/Prosecutor/Ignatious Dullfoot/Ensemble
Actor 12: Betty Dullfoot
Actor 13: Dockdaisy/Veiled Woman
Actor 14: Greenwool/Ensemble
Actor 15: Ensemble
Actor 16: Wounded Woman/Ensemble
Actor 17: Maid/Ensemble
Additional lines are available in ensemble parts.