The Foundry's Good Person of Szechwan Will Feature Taylor Mac, Annie Golden, Lisa Kron and More at La MaMa
By Adam Hetrick
Taylor Mac will be joined by Annie Golden, Lisa Kron and David Turner in the Foundry Theatre production of Bertolt Brecht's Good Person of Szechwan, to be staged by Lear deBessonet at La MaMa e.t.c in February 2013.
Mac (The Lily's Revenge, A Midsummer Night's Dream) will star as Shen Tei in the production that will incorporate live music by César Alvarez and The Lisps (Futurity). Performances are Feb. 1-24, 2013, with an official opening Feb. 6.
The cast will also include Tony Award nominee Kron (Well, Safe Home) as Mrs. Mi Tzu/Mrs. Yang; Golden (Xanadu, Hair), Vinie Burrows (The Skin of Our Teeth) and Mia Katigbak (Dogeaters) as The Gods; Turner (Arcadia, On a Clear Day) as Wang, The Waterseller; Kate Benson (12 Ophelias) as Mrs. Shin; Brooke Ishibashi (Bumbug) as The Woman; and Paul Juhn as Mr. Shu Fu.
Casting for two additional roles will be announced shortly.
The design team includes Tyler Micoleau (lighting designer), Clint Ramos (costume designer), Matt Saunders (set designer) and Brandon Wolcott (sound designer). Anne Erbe is the dramaturg.
Here's how it's billed: "In the comedic and complex Good Person of Szechwan, three gods descend from the heavens upon a poor district in the Szechuan Province in search of a truly good person. They discover Shen and reward her inherent goodness with money to buy a small tobacco shop but her attempts to rebuild her life are thwarted as the shop begins to fail because of her kindness. Forced to disguise herself so she can master the ruthlessness needed to survive the brutal world, Shen creates an alter ego named Sui Ta, a cousin who is a savvy businessman. The ambitious Sui soon pulls focus and Shen fades until it seems that Sui has murdered Shen. The play concludes with Sui on trial, where he reveals his true identity to the gods. But that one question remains for the audience to answer."
Tickets are available by calling (212) 475-7710 or by visiting LaMaMa. La MaMa e.t.c. is located at 74A East 4th Street in Manhattan.
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