This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of The Good Woman Of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht. The Good Person of Szechwan, or, as it was. The Good Woman of Setzuan has ratings and reviews. In , Hannah Arendt hailed Bertolt Brecht as beyond a doubt the greatest living German p. The plot of The Good Woman of Setzuan winds through a prologue, ten scenes with numerous interludes separating them, and an epilogue. The action centers.

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The Good Woman of Szechuan – Program notes

Basically, this production was staged more or less setzjan a traditional play except that it was set in a very small space, with the audience, set and actors on top of each other. As a reward, the Gods give their hostess a setuan amount of money. The costumes generally did not support the double and triple casting and were visually unappealing. Keep Exploring Britannica Voltaire. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

What Brecht alludes to throughout the play, is the premise or condition – the kind of world we are living in. Adhering closely wojan the original German text, this is a performance-friendly translation of one of Brecht’s most popular plays. Shen Te, a poor woman living god Szechwan.

The latter made honest workers of those who Shen Te simply spoiled. Trivia About The Goof Woman of Hey, don’t get me wrong. At the age of 35, as a highly successful playwright, poet, theatre director and dramaturg, under the Weimar Republic, Brecht had to flee Germany, within days of Hitler coming to power.


Written by Marie Bonfils. Shui Ta tells people to pay back what they owe, to get a job, or just to scram.

The play implies that economic systems determine a society’s morality. The unfairness of the world, the indifference of the gods: Until Brecht lived in Bavaria, where he was born, studied medicine Munich,…. I know someone who might be able to help you. But his own trade is going perfectly well. So I went straight to the library and got myself a copy of The good Woman of Setzuan. It’s just, you know Michael Raimondi as a god, a gossipy housewife and a hilarious high-heeled shod prostitute.

The Good Person of Szechwan (The Good Woman of Setzuan) (Willet) | Samuel French

Shen Te is a very generic Chinese name, in other words Everyman. To make these intellectual judgments, we are no longer kept in suspense, nor should we empathize or sympathize with the characters.

E la povera Segzuan Te ha finito per cadere. I don’t like this play as much as I like Mother Courage, but it is a pretty good play. Wu Wei is “to be able to achieve a state of doing by not doing.

The Good Person of Szechwan (The Good Woman of Setzuan) (Willet)

You could literally analyse his works to death, and that’s exactly what we did with this one. Rather, she gives because sharing is a natural art, just like when she paints her mouth bright red to womman male clientele. Just think about it. Per una purissima coincidenza sono riuscito ad affrontare quest’opera sia leggendola nell’edizione Einaudi che asistendo allo spettacolo teatrale per il riuscito progetto di Elena Bucci e Marco Sgrosso: When Shen De does something generous and fogets herself doing positiv things, she suffers.


Production Details Time Period: The fact he stuck the finger up to Nazi repression and carried on regardless makes me like him that extra bit more. I do not want to think about whether it’s good.

This play is now one of my favourites! But always lurking is a battle of faith, and of good and evil, that tips the apple cart. The same turns out to be true in Szechuan: The play relies on the dialectical possibilities of this problem, and on the assumption that the spectator will be moved to see that the current structure of society must be changed in order to resolve the problem. Even Shen Te expresses fatigue with trying to be good, and loses her faith in people.