Brecht, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Directed by Jay Scheib

November 03, 2016 | 06:00 pm


About Jay Scheib and Arturo Ui


The Program in Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with MIT Dramashop presents Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Performed by a student ensemble of 20 interdisciplinary actors from across the disciplines of arts, sciences, and engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This new, live cinema staging, plays nightly 3-8 November 2016. All Shows begin at 8PM. Running time approximately 95 minutes. At Kresge Little Theater, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. All seats 5$.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, (Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui) was written by the great German dramatist Bertolt Brecht over the course of 3 furious weeks in 1941, while a refugee in Helsinki, Finland. A dizzyingly intelligent political satire on the (ir)resistibleness of political thuggery, Arturo Ui satirizes the rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany by dressing it up as “the gangster film” we thought we knew. In Arturo Ui, the metamorphosis of thug-to-politician through corruption, intimidation and all manner of brutality is thinly masked by a Chicago gangland epic where the young Arturo Ui stages a violent takeover of the green grocer trade.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui opens November 3rd and closes November 8th, aka ELECTION Night. A multimedia, live cinema performance, set in the ruins of a campaign headquarters in Cambridge reads like a comic cautionary tale.  Come to vote and Stay for the Result… the lobby of Kresge Auditorium also happens to be the polling station for MIT residents.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Jay Scheib,

With Set Design Sara Brown, Video Design Josh Higgason with Benni Hassmann and Rachel Yang, Costume Design Rachel Dainer-Best, Sound Design Peter Sudermann, Lighting Design Kelly Martin, Wardrobe Supervisor Nancy Flessas, Props Wei Low, Technical Director Stephanie Rodemann, Master Electrician Jacob Gunter, Stage Manager Tina Rivosecchi, Assistant Director Erica Greene, Produced by Kathryn Jiang

Garrett Schulte plays Arturo Ui

Performed by John Adeyeye, Melanie Abrams, Lantian Chen, Emre Ergecen, Alexa Garcia, Erica Green, Ayse Guvenilir, Alberto Hernandez, Sabrine Ahmed Iqbal, Matthew Kalinowski & Martin Krasuski, Riley Ledezma, Rachel Nations, Hunter Richardson, Garrett Schulte, Tal Scully, Kip Stahlecker, Ruth Tweedy, Tammy Wu, and Lily Zhang.

Pictured on the right are Tammy Wu as Giri and Ayse Guvenilir as Inna in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.