Theater: "A Man's A Man," July 13 - August 4, 2012
(© courtesy Uranium Madhouse)
Brecht's comedy is a mad caper involving beer-thirsty soldiers, a booby-trapped temple, an elephant that isn't an elephant, a lusty and enterprising widow and an epic battle in the mountains of Tibet.
A Man's a Man follows the exploits of 3 soldiers in trouble and the mutable dockhand who is enlisted into their service.
The resourceful soldiers attempt to evade the keen eye of their merciless sergeant while a savvy canteen proprietress provides for them all against the threat of rain and the fog of war.Directed and translated by Uranium Madhouse Artistic Director, Andrew Utter, A Man's a Man with Feodor Chin, Ian Forester, Terence Leclere, Andrew Perez, Yolanda Seabourne, Alex Sell, Kelly Van Kirk and Christopher Wallinger will be performed Fridays and Saturdays from July 13th to August 4th at Atwater Village Theater.
Uranium Madhouse, the Los Angeles theater cabal, will be presenting a world-premiere production of this new translation of Bertolt Brecht's A Man's a Man.
In cooperation with the Brecht estate, Uranium Madhouse Artistic Director Andrew Utter has created a fresh translation of the text for modern audiences. Utter will also direct his new translation. Armed with a PhD in German Literature from Stanford University in addition to an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama, Utter aims to re-imagine the twentieth century play as a twenty-first century spectacle.
In explaining his vision for the physical expression of the play, Utter says, “We laugh at the soldiers' audacity, ingenuity, irreverence and general rambunctiousness, at the way they evolve an elaborate game of blind man's bluff for the protagonist.
There is a carnivalistic quality, a kind of lust-for-life embodied in these revels that has something in common with the ethos of punk rock and also of the Full Metal Jacket attitude of post-Viet Nam war cinema.
Set design will be handled by Uranium Madhouse Resident Designer, Erik Flatmo.
Composer Alex Fishkin is creating original music for the new translation.
This production of A Man's A Man is supported by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.
When: Friday and Saturday evenings from July 13 to August 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Where: Atwater Village Theater, 3269 Casitas Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036
Admission: $20 with discount code GOETHE