‘The Good Soul of Szechuan’ takes stage at McDaniel

September 27, 2011

McDaniel’s Theatre Arts students perform “The Good Soul of Szechuan,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5-8 in WMC Alumni Hall.

Directed by Theatre Arts professor Elizabeth van den Berg, and starring senior Yichong (Angel) Li of Nanjing, China, as Shen Te, this new translation of the classic written by Bertolt Brecht and translated by David Harrower is based on a previously unpublished version of Brecht’s play. The production includes an original score by McDaniel alumnus Keith Adams ’10 and choreography by adjunct Theatre Arts professor Julie Herber.

Three Gods are on a journey to find out if there are any good people left on Earth. Only Shen Te, a good-hearted prostitute, offers them shelter. With the money they give her, she opens a tobacco shop. At once, everyone needs her help, and her livelihood is in danger. To add to her problems, she is falling in love with a pilot who is robbing her blind. Her hard-hearted cousin arrives to protect her. But, who is he and how can good people stay good in a world of poverty and cruelty?

“We’ve taken this production into the future with ‘J Rock’ and ‘Japanese Visual Kei’ style music and costuming,” van den Berg said. “With music by recent McDaniel alumnus Keith Adams, our actors will be rocking the stage in Alumni Hall.”

In addition to Li, the cast includes seniors Cat Black of Springfield, Va., and Gracen Carroll of Clifton, Va.; junior Simone Davis of Baltimore; sophomores Allisa Beckett of Medford, N.J., Kelsey Gondek of Avondale, Pa., Paul Griffin of Westminster, Md., Shelley Hierstetter of Mount Airy, Md., and Nathaniel Winer of Bethesda, Md.; and first-year students Yavor Antonov of Washington, D.C., Sarah Hull of Keedysville, Md., Daniel Valentin-Morales of Frederick, Md., and Kelly Vobejda of Marietta, Ga.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, students, and the McDaniel community.
To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 410-857-2448.