In 1952, Hannah Arendt hailed Bertolt Brecht as "beyond a doubt the
greatest living German poet and possibly the greatest living
European playwright." His plays, widely taught and studied, are
searing critiques of civilizations run amok.
During the thirties, the subversive nature of his work sent
Brecht from Germany to Scandinavia and later to the United States.
The Good Woman of Setzuan, written during Brecht's exile and set in
Communist China, is a parable of a young woman torn between
obligation and reality, between love and practicality, and between
her own needs and those of her friends and neighbors.
Adhering closely to the original German text, this is a
performance-friendly translation of one of Brecht's most popular
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