“The world was almost won by such an ape! The nations put him where his kind belong. But don’t rejoice too soon at your escape – The womb he crawled from is still going strong” – Bertolt Brecht, The Resistible Rise
of Arturo Ui

In 1941, playwright Bertolt Brecht was living in Finland waiting for a visa to enter the United States. He had fled his native country of Germany to escape the atrocities being committed by Adolf Hitler, a man he disparagingly referred to as der Anstreicher (“the house painter”). It was there that he wrote a biting satire about the stupidity, cowardice, and greed behind the ideology that devastated his homeland. He titled the play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Instead of Nazi Germany, the play told the story of ruthless Chicago gangsters running a “protection” racket on a Cauliflower Trust. In place of Adolf Hitler, the show introduced us to Arturo Ui, a distinctly American fascist. This funny, tragic, and uncomfortably timely tale will both entertain and unsettle anyone fortunate enough to buy a ticket.

Featuring unique audio and visual effects, this intimately staged production directed by Linda D. Shirey is a can’t miss for Capital District audiences!

“The Resistible RIse of Arturo Ui” runs December 2-4 and 8-11, with 7:30 performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 2:00 Sunday matinees. All performances will take place at The Albany Masonic Hall, 67 Corning Place, Albany, NY 12207.

Tickets are available at the door or online at https://confettistage.org/buy-tickets/ . Tickets are $15 for general
admission, $10 for students with student ID, and $8 per ticket for groups of 8 or more.

Preshow musical performances begin 30 minutes before showtime.

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