Is it possible to live as a good person in an evil world? This is the question Bertolt Brecht poses in his Good Person of Setzuan, when three gods descend on Setzuan to reward the one good person that they have evidence exists in the city. That the person is a prostitute evokes some consternation among the residents, perhaps among the audience as well. But what is a “good person”? And is it possible to live individually as a good person?
The remarkable theatre department of the Chicago Academy for the Arts presents its version of this important play.
Brecht’s German “epic theatre” combines with Chinese folk tales and, some say, American detective literature to produce a play that certainly reverberates in our “evil world.” But don’t dismiss Brecht as a ponderous didact: some say he leaves us with an ambiguous ending. Perhaps he leaves us with the only ending that the dramatist who values his modern audience can leave us with. The last few lines of his epilogue speak to the need for all of us to be involved in the change we want to see:
It is for you to find a way, my friends,To help good men arrive at happy ends.
You write the happy ending to the play!
There must, there must, there’s got to be a way!
Good Person of Setzuan
Thursday, October 21 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
|Location||Chicago Academy for the Arts
1010 West Chicago Ave.
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