The A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program presents
The Good Woman of Setzuan
by Bertolt Brecht
English version by Eric Bentley
Directed by Domenique Lozano
The gods reward kindhearted prostitute Shen Te with the money to buy a tobacco store. But when her greedy neighbors take advantage of her, she is forced to adopt the disguise of her ruthless male cousin Shui Ta. Bertolt Brecht’s parable draws on provocative issues about good versus evil, forced displacement, and economic oppression: issues which resonate as much with audiences today as they did in 1941 (when Brecht completed the play in America as a fugitive from Nazi Germany). Brecht weighs kindness against cold-bloodedness without judgment, asking whether it is possible to be successful and still lead a virtuous life.
Performances take place in The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, 1127 Market Street, San Francisco