Back by popular demand!
Oracle Productions presents…
by Bertolt Brecht
adapted by Steve Gooch
directed by Max Truax
music by Jonathan Guillen
vocal arrangements by Nicholas Tonozzi
produced in arrangement with Samuel French
Opens January 23, 2014
Through March 1, 2014
Admission is FREE in Public Access Theatre
THE MOTHER wins of 5 2014 Jeff Awards, including Best Production and Best Ensemble.
Videos by Jonathan Guillen
2014 Production Photos
All photos by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux
2013 Production Photos
Friday, Saturday and Monday at 8pm; Sunday at 7pm
Thursday at 8pm (Jan 23rd, Feb 13th, 27th)
The show runs approximately 100 minutes with out an intermission.
The original Cast and Design team returns!
Artistic Director Max Truax restages the piece with the original cast.
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 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.
The cast features Oracle Company Members Stephanie Polt, Jamie Bragg, Havalah Grace, Eli Branson and DeChantel Kosmatka. Katherine Keberlein reprises her powerful performance as Pelagea Vlassova (the mother). The ensemble also features Cody Proctor, Zachary Baker-Salmon, Rick Foresee, Yael Wartens, and Kate Staiger.
The creative team for THE MOTHER includes Video Design by Jeremy Clark (Artistic Director, Oracle Film), Costume Design by company member Joan Pritchard. The creative team also features Jonathan Guillen (Composer), Nicholas Tonozzi (Music Director, Arrangements), Eleanor Kahn (Scenic Design), Eric Van Tassell (Lighting Design), Ben Fuchsen (Sound Design, Executive Producer), Brad Jayhan-Little(Properties Design, Executive Director) and Evelyn DeHais (Graphic Design). Company Member laura k smith is Assistant Director and Company Member Allison Goetzmanis Stage Manager. Taylor Bibat is Producer, and Company Member Justin Snyder is Technical Director. Lyndsay Kane is Casting Director for Oracle Productions, and she is Choreographer for THE MOTHER.