Headshot of playwright Lloyd Suh smiling

The Good person of Setzuan

November 2-4 and 9-11 | 7:30
November 5 and 12 | 2:00

By Bertolt Brecht 
Adapted by Tony Kushner from a translation by Wendy Arons
Directed by Edward Isser

The Good Person of Setzuan, one of Bertolt Brecht’s most enduring plays, is a parable about a young woman torn between dreams and reality, between love and practicality, and between her own needs and those of her friends and neighbors. When the prostitute Shen Te shows kindness to three Gods, they reward her with a large sum of money to start a new life. But she falls victim to her own charitable impulses and to greedy exploiters. In order to survive, she invents a vicious male alter ego – Shui Ta – who helps her navigate the shark-infested waters of Setzuan. Written while the Second World War raged, the play is a searing critique of civilization run amok.  It ponders whether one can remain decent in a world riven by capitalism and self-interest. Tony Kushner’s version captures the vitality, joy and humor that are essential elements in Brecht’s work. Edward Isser’s production promises to be equal parts entertainment and provocation.


November 2-4 and 9-11 at 7:30pm

November 5 and 12 at 2:00pm


$15 General Admission

$10 Holy Cross Students, Faculty, and Staff


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The Department of Theatre and Dance