Nanay Isog and Her Children
Written by Bertolt Brechtis | Adapted by Rody Vera
Directed by Allan Sargan
Nanay Isog or Mother Courage & Her Children is considered one of Brecht’s best plays. Written during Hitler’s progress, this play commented on the reality of what was going on in the present. Brecht said “while writing I imagined that the playwright’s voice would be audible in the theatre of various great cities, warning that if you sup with the devil, you need a long spoon.” Brecht saw war as the continuation of business by other means, and therefore focused the play on the life of a businesswoman who is financially dependent on the continuation of war. Written on the eve of WWII in 1939, this play offers a powerful reminder of how humanity is worn down by war and what is lost by those who “survive” it.
The Chicago Reader
“Brecht would have been proud.” – Kim Wilson
- WIDC Theater, Preston Bradley Center, Chicago
Oct 5 – 29, 2000