By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Alistair Beaton
Directed by Christine Nicholson
November 15–24, 2019
The Playhouse at Zellerbach Hall
Running Time: 140 minutes (with one 10-minute intermission)
This captivating play within a play tells the corresponding stories of an agrarian land dispute and a young servant who sacrifices her own well-being to raise an abandoned child. Bertolt Brecht masterfully employs historification and distancing to reveal the hidden (and not so hidden) oppression of the powerless by the powerful. We are challenged not only to see the inequality inherent in power structures, but also to find ways to change our relationship to those structures—to find our way to justice, fairness, and compassion in the face of overwhelming odds.