THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN
MAY 17 - 19 AT 8PM | ROBLE STUDIO THEATER
DIRECTED BY GUEST DIRECTOR MINA MORITA
About the production
Is it possible to exist as a 'perfectly good' and 'consistently generous' person considering all of the challenges one faces on a daily basis? What about when eking out an existence in a community overrun by poverty, where you have to remain vigilant and resourceful simply to stay alive? What if one must choose between goodness and survival... what then?
This Spring, TAPS transforms Roble Studio Theater into a cabaret full of café tables and surrounded by an immersive performance of Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan which will vet these questions in a gymnastic and pop-up parable. We will breathe new life into our hero and prostitute, Shen Te, gifted wealth by the gods in exchange for remaining good hearted in a world where circumstances cause her neighbors to take advantage of her. A world where she must create a ruthless alter ego, as a man, to survive.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORMina Morita is the Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater, a critically acclaimed, intrepid, female-led company dedicated to developing a fierce contemporary theater canon that reflects the plurality of our world. Previously, she served as the Artistic Associate at Berkeley Repertory Theatre—and a founding member of its Ground Floor program; as Board President of Shotgun Players; as a 2014 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab participant; as one of the founding members of Bay Area Children's Theatre; as Community Arts Panelist with the Zellerbach Family Foundation; and Guest Artist at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. She is a recipient of Theatre Bay Area’s 2014 award for Best Director of a Musical: Tier II and TBA's 2016, 40@40 award for her impact on Bay Area Theater. In 2015, Mina was honored to share her story on TEDx, and in 2016, she was chosen as one of the YBCA100, for "asking questions and making provocations that will shape the future of culture." She has had the privilege of directing the following plays among many: AULIS: AN ACT OF NIHILISM IN ONE LONG ACT by Christopher Chen @ Zellerbach Playhouse, SISTERS MATSUMOTO by Philip Kan Gotanda @ CenterRep (Shellie nominated for best direction and best production), BY AND BY by Lauren Gunderson & THE GREAT DIVIDE by Adam Chanzit @ Shotgun Players, and co-directed THE SHIPMENT by Young Jean Lee (TBA award recipient for best ensemble, and nomination for best direction), BLACKADEMICS by Idris Goodwin, and A TALE OF AUTUMN by Christopher Chen @ Crowded Fire. Special assistant directing credits include Tony Kushner’s THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL’S GUIDE... and Sarah Ruhl’s Tony-nominated IN THE NEXT ROOM… @ Berkeley Rep. In 2012, Mina worked with Anna Deavere Smith as the artistic coordinator for ON GRACE.
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We cannot accommodate late seating. Please leave ample time to find parking and locate the theater.
where to go
This performance is in Roble Studio Theater, located in Roble Gym at 375 Santa Teresa Street. See directions and parking info.
TAPS's Spring Second Stage Production -- the contemporary dark comedy The World of Extreme Happiness -- runs May 24-16.