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The Good Woman of Setzuan Jan 18, 1961

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 ABOUT THE PLAY AND THE PLAYWRIGHT
life.
-A certain measure of comfort is necessary  for a virtuous
-    St.  Thomas Aqu>n°5
Bertolt  Brecht,  who died ,„   East  Ber|in  ^   , ^ WM t(]e
creator and  leading practitioner of what is usually called "I  pi(
Theatre".    The main ideas of this kind of theatre is that ,
should stir us not only to reel  but to thinkas well.    Brecht does
not wont the audience to "lose themselves" in watching one of
his  ploys.    He wants us instead to l„J, „,     l   . .
look ot what happens on the
stage as a sort of "ll.story", and by viewing it with some of the
some detachment with which we look  ot
actual history,  to be able
to enjoy it and learn from it.
To accomplish this   aim, Brecht uses a great variety of theatrical resources, bo        modern and traditional.    In THEGOOP WOMAN
OV SKTZUAN, for example, we-find some of the formalis'ii    of
Oriental theatre, the sharp songs of the satirical revue, the   little "houses" of MEdievaL staging, the mlLitant lectures of the
modern political me eting.   Some of the characters are realistic,
while others (such as the GodS 3nd the masked cousin, Shu    i
are   deliberately   artificial.      The   language   is   sometimes  the
prose of everyday speech, sometimes lyric verse.    Brecht is
once story-teller,  poe C and  social critic.    He wants to presen.
not only life, but a comment on life.
In this production, we have tried to put some of Brecht's ideas
about   staging  into  practice.
Some  of  our  scenery   is  frankly
just   scenery;   some of  it  is  quite
sal.
Above all, we have tried to catch some of the varied qualities
of Brecht: the honesty, the humOf, the passionate concern with
social evils and moral questions, the lyricism, the vatality, the
seriousness.
The play is a fable and a parable. The half-westernieZd city
of Setzuan is not a particular place, but every ploce. The
problems Of its people are the probleWS Of the poor everywhere:
uld
for who co
Long refuse to be bad, when
He who eats no meat must die?
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COMING     EVENTS
FEBRUARY 10 - 18    Till    HLRNT FLOWER v,vj\ by Ugo 3etti
Oirected by Dorothy Dovies  . Frederic Wood Theatre
MARCH 24 - APRIL 1     MARTINF by Jean-Jacques Bernard
Directed by   Dorothy Somerset - Frederic Wood Theatre
JANUARY 30 - FEB 1 - 3    ORIMe AN"n PUNISHMENT -
nirected by Ian Thorne - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
FEBRUARY   20,22-25   HAMM VANKES1
Presented by UBC Musical Society - UBC AUditorium
MARCH   15-17   U.B.C. Players Club Spring Play
ItgGOCD
OMaK
SETzTJan
by BERTOLT BRACHT
JANUARY 18-21
1961

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