Arturo Ui

Bonjour City Garagistes,

Streaming this weekend on City Garage’s YouTube channel is a production from 2018, Bertolt Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” translated by Jennifer Wise. And this week on our webcast “Animal Farm: Conversations on Theater and Politics with Steven Leigh Morris and Guests,” Steven talks with Stephen Sachs, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Fountain Theater about the different strategies that company has adopted during the pandemic and what the future may hold for LA’s intimate theater scene. Here is a link to the talk show:

We’re also happy to begin a new series of readings. The first is a new work from the City Garage Playwright’s Workshop, Kurt Thum’s “Circus Dreams,” direct by company member Ann Bronston. Here is the link:

And here is a little about “Arturo Ui”

1930s Chicago. The Depression in full swing. Unemployment. Fear. Graft and corruption at City Hall. What do you need when society starts to fall apart? A strong man who steps in to take control. Arturo Ui, a small time gangster with an insatiable appetite for power, convinces a panicked population that no one has the answers but him. He and his cronies will provide the protection you’re looking for: even if you don’t know you’re looking for it. Brecht’s 1941 satirical masterpiece classic about Hitler’s rise to power in 1930s Germany demonstrates, with a savage blend of comedy and pastiche, how demagogues take power and how easily—and willingly—democracies become autocracies.

“City Garage, known for daring, highly stylized sociopolitical theater, is the ideal local company to revive this infrequently done, disturbingly timely play.” — Los Angeles Times

“The demagoguery so prevalent in today’s world politics makes this production of Arturo Ui particularly timely and relevant.” — Edward Goldman, Art Talk

“There are plays that are both timeless and timely and The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui is the best possible choice The City Garage could have made of the lot of them….City Garage makes good use of Wise’s rapid-fire and engaging translation with a cast that embodies all things 1930-40s Gangster with strong physical choices and a bevy of accents that are impressive and delightful.” — The Theater Times

It will be showing on our City Garage YouTube channel from 8:00pm this Friday, February 26th, through noon on Friday, March 5th.

It’s free to view but we ask people to make a donation if they can through our Chuffed page:

Merci to our donors of this last week, Elizabeth Oakes and Samuel Goldstein.

Merci, stay safe, and wear a mask!



(Left to right) Nathaniel Lynch, Andrew Loviska; photo: Paul Rubenstein

(Left to right) Nathaniel Lynch, Andrew Loviska, Michael Cortez, Gifford Irvine; photo: Paul Rubenstein