Directed by Richard Ziman
Running Time: TBD

Can we practice goodness and create a world to sustain it? Three gods come to earth hoping to discover one really good person. No one can be found until they meet Shen-Te, a prostitute with a heart of gold. Rewarded by the gods, she gives up her profession and buys a tobacco shop but finds it is impossible to survive as a good person in a corrupt world without the support of Shui Ta, the savvy and ruthless male character she assumes as her alter ego.

The 1954 Broadway premier of this masterful parable starred Uta Hagen as Shen-Te and the incomparable Zero Mostel as the Barber, Shu Fu. Join Endangered Species Project and a cast culled from Seattle's greatest, including Jack Clay, Mari Nelson, and the superb Kathy Hsieh among so many other magnificent artists, as we present Brecht's great comedic treatise on socialism versus relentless greed and unregulated capitalism.

Is it possible to be a "good person" in this brutal world?  Come find out!  Tony Kushner's (Angels in America) visceral adaptation brings Brecht's delightful parable The Good Person of Szechwan to vibrant life with humor, poetic lyricism, and magic.

Part of the series: Endangered Species Project

Endangered Species Project is an organization of distinguished Seattle theatre artists dedicated to presenting plays that seldom get full productions. While it is an essential duty of theatres to read and develop new work, there’s a parallel need to bring older neglected plays back to the stage. Through our simply staged readings, we lend live voices to plays that are now silent on our bookshelves.  

Founded in February of 2011, Endangered Species Project has consistently mounted monthly readings. Expanding from our core group of eleven, dozens of Seattle’s best and bravest actors have been instrumental in bringing new life to these plays. We strive to do nothing that gets between the audience and the play. We want to give full scope to those two most powerful forces in the theatre: a playwright’s ideas and the audience’s imagination.

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ESP's own Richard Ziman leads a multiethnic cast of your favorite Seattle theater artists lead by Kathy Hsieh as Shen-Te/Shui-Ta:

Mark Anders
Jack D. Clay
Allen Galli
David Gehrman
Ben Valenciano Gonio
Julius Octavian Jackson
Reginald Andre Jackson
Kate Jaeger
Troy Lund
Alex Matthews
Jordi Montes
Mari Nelson
Galen Joseph Osier
Larry Paulsen
Sarah Porkalob
Naho Shioya
Brandon J. Simmons
Lisa Viertel

 with original music for Brecht's songs by Robertson Witmer