Pearson, who is known for both his directorial and design work, stages the production, which is inspired by silent cinema, clown and song. Man=Man, translated by Gerhard Nellhaus, will run through Nov. 1.
Populating the production will be Eddie Brown, Eric Bryant, Rene Bystron, Carter Gill, Slate Holmgren, Alex Knox, Teresa Avia Lim, Christopher McFarland, Quincy O’Neal, Luke Robertson, Ken Robinson, Jordan Schneider, Erica Sullivan, Alex Teicheira and Liz Wisan.
"Fill a man with enough beer and he'll follow you anywhere. Fulfill his desire to belong and he'll surrender his soul," press notes state. "Brecht's Man=Man tells the tale of a peaceable porter transformed by a gang of soldiers into a ruthless killing machine. This grotesque farce confronts pressing questions of personal accountability and the value of individuality: is one man as good as any other? At what cost do we betray our identity? When is the surrender of principle to the will of the powerful merely an excuse for indulging our darkest appetites?"
Man=Man is designed by Timothy Brown (set design), Lisa Loen (costume design), Marie Yokoyama (lighting design) and Nathan A. Roberts (sound design).
The production will take place at the New Theater, located at 1156 Chapel Street in New Haven, CT. Tickets, priced $20, are available by phoning (203) 432-1234 or by visiting www.drama.yale.edu.