Purdue’s Mother Courage and Her Children An Enlightening Saga

Photos shot for Purdue Theatre by Melodie Yvonne

WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA (Dress Rehearsal – April 15, 2021) – Purdue Theatre’s production of Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht and directed by Ann M. Shanahan is an extraordinary saga interpreted by a talented cast that sheds much needed light on economic and social injustice. Show will livestream April 16 from the from the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts, and follow with multiple Digital Performances through April 18, 2021. The following excerpt is courtesy of Purdue Theatre’s official website:

“Considered by critics to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Mother Courage chronicles the story of Anna Fierling (named ‘Courage‘) and her children as they struggle to survive in wartime, selling provisions from a canteen wagon. Despite their bravery, honesty, and kindness, one by one she loses her children to the war. “War, which is a continuation of business by other means,” Brecht wrote, “makes the human virtues fatal even to their possessors.” The play is a powerful example of Brecht’s Epic Theatre, a revolutionary stagecraft designed to focus not on the faults of individual characters, but on social and economic circumstances and the inherent contradictions of capitalism.”


April 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm – Livestream
April 17, 2021 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Digital Performance
April 18, 2021 at 2:30 pm – Digital Performance

Visitors can purchase tickets online at purdue.edu/theatre/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at all campus box offices or by calling (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW.

Check out the photo highlight gallery from the phenomenal show below