CSC to Present Brecht Fest, Featuring F. Murray Abraham, Mary Testa and More

By Carey Purcell
23 Jan 2014

A special series exploring the songs, poetry and stories of Bertolt Brecht will be presented by Classic Stage Company Feb. 3 and 10.



Brecht Fest will feature F. Murray Abraham, Roberta Maxwell, Amanda Quaid, Elizabeth A. Davis and more Feb. 3, and the Feb. 10 event will feature Mary Testa, Elizabeth A. Davis, Jason Babinsky, Deb Radloff and more.

Classic Stage Company is currently presenting Brecht's A Man's A Man. Directed by Brian Kulick, the farce stars avant-garde performance artist Justin Vivian Bond (Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway, Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis) as canteen proprietress Leokadia Begbick (a role originated by Brecht's wife Helene Weigel).

The production also features Jason Babinsky (The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Ghost) as Polly Baker, Allan K. Washington (Lost in the Stars, The Music Man) as Jeraiah Jip, Gibson Frazier (Mr. Burns, The Internationalist) as Galy Gay, Martin Moran (The Cradle Will Rock, Three Kinds of Exile) as Uriah Shelley, Steven Skybell (Pal Joey, Wicked) as Jesse Mahoney, Tony winner Stephen Spinella (Angels in America, A View From the Bridge) as Bloody Five, Ching Valdes-Aran (The Wild Party, Macbeth) as Mr. Wang and Chris Murrah in the Ensemble. 

Here's how the show is described: "In this early knockabout, anti-just-about-everything farce by Brecht, innocent dockworker Galy Gay in British Colonial India is rather unorthodoxly enlisted into Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, where he is 'dismantled like a car' and then reassembled into the ultimate fighting machine."

A Man's A Man boasts a new score and songs by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring AwakeningThe Caucasian Chalk Circle). The production also has scenic design by Paul Steinberg, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Matt Kraus.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or visiting classicstage.org.