2009-2010 Season: TUTA Theatre Chicago

TUTA Theatre’s 2009-2010 Theatre Season

In this, their eighth season in the city of Chicago, TUTA Theatre will be presenting two rarely seen and early works of German playwright Bertolt Brecht, the comedic play The Wedding, and a world premiere adaptation, developed by TUTA, based on the play Baal.

The Wedding, by Bertolt Brecht 

(January 14 – February 14, 2010)

  TUTA opens the season with Brecht’s 1919 Bavarian folk comedy The Wedding, directed by Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic and featuring original music by Jesse Terrill.  When nine middle class self-important guests converge on a young bride and groom’s apartment, each one slowly unravels the horrors of living a pretentious life.  As the guests’ uptight facades collapse, a slapstick adventure full of extremely truthful physical and verbal humor is unleashed.  Featuring live original music performed by the cast, The Wedding takes you through early Germany just after the fall of the Hapsburg Empire and in the face of rising Nazism on their borders. 

The Wedding will run January 14 – February 14, 2010, at Chopin Theatre Studio, 1543 W. Division. For Tickets: 847-217-0691 or http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.tutato.com.

(Adaption based on) Baal, by Bertolt Brecht

(May 20 – June 20, 2010)

In May, TUTA will present the World premiere of a new adaptation loosely based on Brecht’s Baal, directed by Zeljko Djukic, with music by Josh Schmidt (Adding Machine – A Musical) and libretto/book by Ugljesa Sajtinac (author of the critically acclaimed play Huddersfield). 

  With this production, TUTA strives to musically enlighten the play of young Brecht known for its inaugural form and risky themes of stardom and power.  A fusion of serious drama and music, this premiere will have a strong emphasis on the musicality of the words, saturating them with rhythm, harmony, sound and structures.  Developed through company workshops, this collaboration brings forward an original score, full of surprises and frequent shifts in perspective that explore the value of the politically charged subject of arts in times of economic crisis.

Baal will run May 20 – June 20, 2010 at Chopin Theatre Studio. (Tickets here.)

When speaking about the season, Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic says,

“In Near Eastern mythology, Baal is a God of rainfall and fertility. In Weimar Germany, Baal was a subversive announcement of the approaching gallop of Nazism.  For us today, he is a trickier figure. Like anything that has had social subversive appeal, the character of a drunken, nihilistic poet-musician, has repeatedly been sterilized with the commercialism of popular culture: the Vietnam War protests and Jim Morrison; the Civil rights movement and Bob Dylan. Most aesthetic monstrosities end up in safe hands. They sell. Perhaps theatre can bring a glimpse of the original danger?”

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