The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ul
by Bertolt Brecht - Translated by Ranjit Bolt
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (German: Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui), subtitled "A parable play", is a 1941 play by the German playwright Bertolt Brecht. It chronicles the rise of Arturo Ui, a fictional 1930s Chicago mobster, and his attempts to control the cauliflower racket by ruthlessly disposing of the opposition. The play is a satirical allegory of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany prior to World War II.
Bertolt Brecht, Fearing persecution and blacklisted from publication and production, Brecht – who in his poetry referred to Adolf Hitler as der Anstreicher ("the housepainter") – left Germany in February 1933, shortly after the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg on the instigation of former Chancellor Franz von Papen. After moving around – Prague, Zürich, Paris – Brecht ended up in Denmark for six years. While there, c. 1934, he worked on the antecedent to The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, a satire on Hitler called Ui, written in the style of a Renaissance historian. The result was a story about "Giacomo Ui", a machine politician in Padua, a work which Brecht never completed. It was later published with his collected short stories.
The Playhouse Victorian Arts Centre Melbourne Australia Director Simon Phillips
Run: 16 July - 21 August 1999
Size 150 x 240 mm Lots of Information and Pictures
Condition: Good 8/10
Cast Paul Bongiovanni, Paul Capsis, Michael Carman, Gerry Connolly, Patrick Cronin, Jim Daly, Frank Gallacher, Robert Grubb, Linal Haft, George Kapiniaris, Stephen Kearney, Terry Norris, Merfyn Owen, Matthew Parkinson, Rachael Tidd
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