Brecht's Schweyk in the Second World War Makes Its Chicago Debut
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Award-winning Chicago stage veteran Roslyn Alexander fills the fascinating shoes of fearless activist Emma Goldman in this new solo drama that explores the passions behind the controversial figure's political agitation and the price she was willing to pay for it. A charismatic speaker and organizer, Goldman threatened the turn-of-the-century status quo with her liberal views on social issues and women's rights, but became infamous as an anarchist who advocated free love and who was jailed several times for demonstrating contraceptives, inciting to riot and opposing the draft. Dennis Zacek directs for the ShPIeL Theatre. Learn More
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great acting! great original music! i attended with my 92 year-old mom who was born and raised in prague and was quite familiar with "good soldier schweik". she had not heard of this WW2 schweyk by brecht. we were both happy to see it!
In WWII occupied Czechoslovakia, Schweyk, a talkative dog-catcher, finds himself arrested, forced into the Nazi army, and wandering in the Russian tundra until he stumbles upon Hitler (whom Brecht has written as a vaudevillian puppet). Meanwhile in her Bohemian pub, a young widow waits with her country’s only remaining men: the misfits, idiots, and cowards incapable of war. Together, they sing of their struggles with love, violence, and the fear that they too will soon snap and start talking to the drunken Nazis who walk amongst them.