The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui 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.
As an added benefit and to help facilitate discussions of the play’s themes, each performance will begin with a screening of the 2017 Oscar nominated short documentary A Night at the Garden. Using only archival footage, the film documents the 1939 rally at Madison Square Garden held by the pro-Nazi group The German-American Bund. This is a documentary that takes, as The New Yorker put it, “an approach to history that doesn’t lull and flatter us.” Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be held after each Sunday performance.