Bertolt Brecht’s 1944 play is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than the baby’s wealthy biological parents. Brecht’s well-loved classic was inspired by a Chinese musical play of the 13th century, which Brecht learnt through an adaptation by Klabund.
Ong Keng Sen interprets it back from its Chinese origin, incorporating elements of Chinese Opera forms, the Liyuan Opera and its tradition reaching back almost one thousand years into history. The political parable of the German playwright combined with the theatrical vocabulary of its Chinese culture of origin by the theatre artist from Singapore, promises a fascinating hybrid theatre: a different kind of Chinoiserie.
Co-produced by Schauspielhaus Wien, Grand Theatre de la Ville Luxembourg, and Conservatory Vienna Private University.