The Mother is Jeff Recommended!


 Opens Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8PM

Through Saturday, May 25.

Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm.

Oracle Productions continues Season 3 of Public Access Theatre with its first musical – THE MOTHER by Bertolt Brecht – directed by Max Truax, Artistic Director of Oracle Theatre. Original music is composed by Jonathan Guillen, and arranged by Music Director Nicholas Tonozzi. Truax, Guillen and Tonozzi helm Oracle’s most ambitious project to date, having previously collaborated on Trap Door’s critically acclaimed HAMLETMACHINE.

THE MOTHER 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 Palagea Vlassova, a widow whose only son has become embroiled in dangerous political activities. Her desire to protect him draws her ever deeper into a growing labor movement, which ultimately leads her to both catastrophe and triumph. Oracle Theatre holds its lens to Brecht’s notion of the common cause and how it can unite people in overcoming 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 revolutionary movement.

The cast features Oracle Company Members Stephanie PoltJamie Bragg, and Sarah PretzKatherine Keberlein plays the titular role, Palagea Vlassova (the mother), after previously working with Oracle in the Jeff Recommended IRONMISTRESS (2012). The ensemble features Zachary Baker-SalmonEli Branson,Rick ForeseeHavalah GraceDeChantel KosmatkaCody Proctor, and Yael Wartens.

The creative team for THE MOTHER includes Video Design by Jeremy Clark (Artistic Director, Oracle Film) and Costume Design by company member Joan Pritchard (Costume Design). The creative team also features Jonathan Guillen (Composer), Nicholas Tonozzi (Music Director, Arrangements), Eleanor Kahn(Scenic Design), Eric Van Tassell (Lighting Design), and Evelyn DeHais (Graphic Design). Company member Laura K. Smith is Assistant Director, and Allison Goetzman is Stage Manager. Kathleen Dickinson is Production Manager, and Justin Snyder is Technical Director. Lyndsay Kane is Casting Director for Oracle Productions. Max Truax is Artistic Director of Oracle Theatre. Ben Fuchsen is Executive Producer of Oracle Productions.