Running Time: Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

The final play in ESP's three-play tribute to ACT’s past: Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui , from 1941. This “gangster spectacle”—in iambic pentameter, yet—satirically traces the career of a cheap Chicago hoodlum from the corrupt “Cauliflower Trust” to an eventual mob monopoly of the Eastern Seaboard. While that might sound like a parody of a Fritz Lang noir, this is Brecht, and so Arturo Ui and his terrifying horde are stand-ins for the real leader of the Third Reich ... The play, while often very funny, furiously bites down on, and draws blood from, political realities of the period in which it was created—realities which can seem to be playing out again in world news. ESP core member Richard Ziman directs a cast that will feature Seattle favorite R. Hamilton Wright; the music director will be the inestimable Jose J. Gonzales. Join us on November 9 for an extraordinary and devastating mashup of poetry, politics, wise guys, and global catastrophe ...

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.

Learn more at www.endangeredspeciesproject.org .