February 13, 2014 - February 16, 2014
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was originally written in 1930 as a Lehrstücke, or learning play, with the intent of educating the German people about the values of Marxism. Set during the reign of Tsar Nicholas II, The Mother
tells the story of Pelagea Vlassova, a widow whose only son is embroiled in dangerous political activities. Her desire to protect him draws her deep into a growing labor movement, which ultimately leads her to both catastrophe and triumph. Oracle Theatre holds its lens to Brecht's notion of how a common cause unites people to overcome any kind of obstacle, be it personal, economic, or political. Guillen's music transforms Brecht's socialist poetry into an anthemic call to action, while Truax's staging draws the audience into Brecht's conflict, placing them at the very feet of the revolution.
Show runs approx 90 min with no intermission.
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