Brecht, a refugee from Nazi Germany, wrote the play in several weeks in March and April while he was in Finland, awaiting a visa for the US. The present world situation and the situation in the US in particular were clearly on the minds of the director, Malcolm Tulip, Assistant Professor of Theatre, and the student-actors. The satirical play creates a parallel between the career of the Nazi leader and the rise of a fictional Chicago gangster, Arturo Ui. Brecht succeeded to a considerable degree, although Nazism and Germany are never far from view, nor intended to be. The play follows the efforts of Ui, a thug down on his luck, to worm his way into and eventually dominate the vegetable trade in Chicago, and beyond. Arturo Ui uses his knowledge of the illicit practices to make a deal with Dogsborough: Ui and his men will shield Dogsborough from an investigation, and the latter will protect the gangsters from the local police.
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Brecht, a refugee from Nazi Germany, wrote the play in several weeks in March and April while he was in Finland, awaiting a visa for the US. The present world situation and the situation in the US in particular were clearly on the minds of the director, Malcolm Tulip, Assistant Professor of Theatre, and the student-actors.
The satirical play creates a parallel between the career of the Nazi leader and the rise of a fictional Chicago gangster, Arturo Ui. Brecht succeeded to a considerable degree, although Nazism and Germany are never far from view, nor intended to be.
The play follows the efforts of Ui, a thug down on his luck, to worm his way into and eventually dominate the vegetable trade in Chicago, and beyond. Arturo Ui uses his knowledge of the illicit practices to make a deal with Dogsborough: Ui and his men will shield Dogsborough from an investigation, and the latter will protect the gangsters from the local police. Today it is Unvarnished reality.
And to secure This peace I have put in an order For more machine-guns, rubber truncheons Etcetera. For Chicago and Cicero Are not alone in clamouring for protection. There are other cities: Washington and Milwaukee! And other towns were vegetables are traded!
And New York! They all demand protection! Dogsborough stands in for President Paul von Hindenburg, who appointed Hitler chancellor of Germany in January , and Dullfeet represents Engelbert Dollfuss, the right-wing Austrian chancellor assassinated by Nazi agents in July It is all very amusing and very sinister at the same time, including the scene in which a second-rate actor tutors Ui on how to walk, stand, sit and speak based on an actual incident.
The play makes a strong impression, much stronger, in my view, than the works of that period for which Brecht is far better known, Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and her Children, The Good Person of Szechwan and The Caucasian Chalk Circle , all of which suffer from political discouragement and an artistically pat and ultimately unconvincing approach.
Arturo Ui is something of a revival of the sort of bitter, lively satire to be found in Saint Joan of the Stockyards and other earlier works. The epilogue, spoken by the actor who plays Ui, is powerful and memorable in any of the various translations :. The nations put him where his kind belong.
The actors, all in white face, threw themselves into the work. Clearly, the present political and social conjuncture was a factor. The recognition of the threat represented by Donald Trump, Steven Bannon and the extreme right is entirely legitimate, and it is critical that students and young people are turning to a study of the historical issues and parallels.
When he portrays the support of big business for Hitler and the cowardly response or complicity of petty bourgeois layers, Brecht was on the mark. Hitler was only able to come to power through the bankruptcy, impotence and betrayals of those organizations.
Brecht omitted in particular the catastrophic role played by the Communist Party of Germany and the Stalinist apparatus in Moscow, the saboteurs of the German revolution, a party and an apparatus with which Brecht despite misgivings and criticism aligned himself. We must expand our work and our influence in the international working class. If you agree, donate today. Thank you. What is fascism? World Socialist Web Site wsws. New Today Mass reopenings worldwide have accelerated the coronavirus pandemic Ten thousand people have been arrested across the US as protests against police violence continue to expand Trump administration deploys unmarked paramilitary units in Washington, D.
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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Summary
Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence. Described by Brecht as 'a gangster play that would recall certain events familiar to us all', The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler — recast by Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade. Using a wide range of parody and pastiche — from Al Capone to Shakespeare's Richard III and Goethe's Faust — Brecht's compelling parable continues to have relevance wherever totalitarianism appears today. Written during the Second World War in , the play was one of the Berliner Ensemble's most outstanding box-office successes in , and has continued to attract a succession of major actors, including Leonard Rossiter, Christopher Plummer, Antony Sher and Al Pacino. This version, originally translated by George Tabori, has been revised by leading Scottish playwright Alistair Beaton. We are wooed by relentless spectacle and our enjoyment is integral to the play's chilling kick. The West End is a better place for such challenging, intelligent fare.
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The play, which Brecht wrote as a refugee in Finland, in early , describes the rise of Hitler through the parable of a gangster in Chicago during the Great Depression. Brecht had fled Germany in , the day after the Reichstag fire. Doyle designed the austere set, which features an imposing chain-link fence that severs the back of the theatre from the bare stretch of fluorescent-lit stage where most of the action takes place; a door, connecting the two spaces, clangs disconcertingly each time an actor passes through. Soon, however, Ui learns that Dogsborough Christopher Gurr , an aging politician—a surrogate for Paul von Hindenburg, the ill-fated President of the Weimar Republic—has taken a bribe from the Cauliflower Trust.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Modern Classics)
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The Disturbing Resonance of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The play opens with The Barker introducing the audience to the main characters in the play in a prologue, and explaining that Arturo Ui is more dangerous than Richard III. The action begins in the early s with a group of men, who are part of a Cauliflower Trust in Chicago attempting to figure out how to get their crops sold to local grocers. If they don't, the cauliflower will rot and they will lose everything. We see Arturo Ui, a known gangster hanging around, and no one wants anything to do with him. The Trust go to a shipping tycoon named Sheets and strong-arm him in order to give up his shares of his company, which the Trust then give to Dogsborough, a man who has an impeccable reputation. The reason they do this is that with Dogsborough in control of Sheet 's shipping business he can convince the city to give him a loan that will repair the docks.