Posting Date: March 21, 2011
Kennesaw State presents “The Good Person of Szechuan”Performance juxtaposes altruistic compassion with self-interest
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance will present “The Good Person of Szechuan” April 5-10 in the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater. Directed by Associate Professor Karen Robinson, the play examines a kind and compassionate prostitute Shen Te, who is charged by three gods to be "good"; she is soon forced, however, to impersonate a ruthless businessman in order to protect herself from impoverished and greedy opportunists out to take advantage of her.
Robinson hopes that “the production sparks debate and discussion about the complexity of balancing altruistic compassion with the more self-centered survival tactics it takes to survive within society.”
The play, written by Bertolt Brecht, interweaves colloquial dialogue with poetry and songs. It was first performed in Switzerland in 1943. The contemporary translation by Douglas Langworthy premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1999. KSU's production will feature original music composed and orchestrated by theatre and performance studies major Daniel Hilton.
The scenery and costumes will incorporate a mixture of Asian-influenced design with Western design in order to reflect the globalized economy, as well as the fusion of East and West that is inherent in the script.
The Tuesday through Saturday performances will take place at 8 p.m. and the Sunday performance will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets for the performances are $18. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the KSU box office or call 770-423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.