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Purchase Repertory Theatre Presents "Mother Courage and Her Children"

Date Released: 3/31/2011

Bertolt Brecht's classic is set against the Civil War as a black woman tries to profit form selling goods to both sides to protect her children. April 20-May 1, Performing Arts Center. Details.

Purchase Repertory Theatre presents Ntozake Shange’s  bold interpretation of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children in a production directed by Dennis Reid at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College on April 26-May 1.


Originally commissioned by the Public Theatre, Shange’s Obie Award-winning reinvention of Brecht’s 1939 modern classic moves the play’s setting from seventeenth century Europe to Civil War America, where a black woman tries to profit from selling goods to both sides to protect her adult children from their own heroic impulses.


Ntozake Shange is an internationally-known American playwright, poet, and novelist, and the author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.


Director Dennis Reid is a writer, producer and educator. His most recent project was an adaptation of Pygmalion which he wrote and directed for the Vassar College Drama Department. He has performed at regional theatres throughout the country, developed a one-man show Mandingo of Manhattan, and has directed at a variety of theatres. He is on the faculty at Vassar, and has taught at Columbia University, Fordham University, and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.


The Purchase Repertory Theatre includes students from the School of the Arts Conservatory of Theater Arts at Purchase College who perform bold and exciting interpretations of classical and contemporary plays while bringing to the stage the next generation of actors, designers and technicians.  Stage design, lighting, costumes and technical support are all provided by students in the Conservatory’s Design/Technology program.


Tickets $20.  Call 914-251-6200 or

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase New York.