"The good person from Szetsuan" by Bertolt Brecht
23 January – 17 February 2013
A Brecht more daring, poetic, entertaining and contemporary that ever before.
15 – 18 – 28 €
Concs 10 - 12 - 15 €
With the support of Goethe Institut.
“How can someone be good when everything around them is so expensive?”
Brecht’s question poses a timeless moral quandary which the multi-talented young director, Katerina Evangelatos
, has undertaken to confront us with. In The good person of Szetsuan (written 1926-1941), the gods track down the only good person on Earth: a prostitute in the province of Szetsuan in China. The gods reward the kind-hearted Shen Teh with a sizeable sum of money, but when she uses it to open a small tobacco shop, the poverty-stricken and spiteful townsfolk are enraged. As she prepares to face them, Shen Teh comes up with an alter ego, a supposed cousin of hers, the devious Shui Ta, and from now on, she will adopt his form whenever the circumstances require. But how long can she stand to play this double role of victim and perpetrator? “Sen Te has to be played by a first-class actor. Only the most imaginative artist can play a good person”: Brecht’s primary demand seem to have been met with the casting of Stefania Goulioti in the lead role.
Katerina Evangelatou | "The good person from Szetsuan" by Bertolt Brecht | Interview with Stefania Goulioti
Text: Bertolt Brecht
Translation: Anne Koltsidopoulou
(Prologue: The performance begins with a prologue written by Katerina Evangelatos and the actors. | Epilogue: The performance ends with excerpts of three poems by Bertold Brecht: "Viele sind für die Ordnung", "Vom armen B.B" and "Andere die Welt: sie braucht es.)
Direction: Katerina Evangelatos
Set Design: Eva Manidaki
Music: Stavros Gasparatos
Costume Design: Vasiliki Syrma
Choreography-Movement: Patricia Apergi
Light Design: Sakis Birbilis
Masks: Martha Foka
Special effects: Michalis Samiotis
With: Stefania Goulioti, Alexandra Lerta, David Malteze, Nikolas Papagiannis, Maria Parasyri, Omiros Poulakis, Nancy Sideri, Sotiris Tsakomidis
Assistant Director: Eleni Vlachou
2nd Assistant Director: Afroditi Katerinopoulou
Assistant Set Designer: Maro Tsaga
The music in the original play is by Paul Dessau.
Production: Onassis Cultural Centre
Line production: Polyplanity productions
Production managers: Maria Dourou, Yolanda Markopoulou
Production assistant: Tzella Christopoulou
“Der gute Mensch von Sezuan”, Bertolt Brecht
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After-performance talk with Κaterina Evangelatou