1626 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO 80905 | (719) 465-6321
Now Celebrating Our 17th Season!
Creating new theatre for the Pikes Peak region

Nov 7-24
Mother Courage
and Her Children

Brecht’s hugely theatrical masterpiece unearths the true cost of conflict – challenging our notions of war and peace and what it takes to survive just behind the enemy lines.

“Each time Courage takes the reins of her wagon, weary and wounded but marching onward, we must confront the unending destruction that travels with her.”

Mother Courage is one of nine plays that Brecht wrote in resistance to the rise of Fascism and Nazism. In response to the invasion of Poland by the German armies of Adolf Hitler in 1939, Brecht wrote Mother Courage in what writers call a “white heat”—in a little over a month. “Mother Courage” was first performed in Zurich in 1941 and is usually seen as Brecht’s greatest work. Remaining a powerful indictment of war and social injustice, it is an epic drama set in the seventeenth century during the Thirty Years’ War. The plot follows the resilient Mother Courage who survives by running a commissary business that profits from all sides. As the war claims all of her children in turn, the play poignantly demonstrates that no one can profit from the war without being subject to its terrible costs.

Thurs – Sat @ 7:30pm / Sun @ 2pm

SINGLE TICKETS:

Single Ticket ~ $25

Thursday Ticket ~ $18

AVOID SERVICE fees by calling our box office directly!

719 465 6321

BUY TICKETS HERE

All Ticket sales are final and there are no refunds on ticket purchases, however we do realize life can be un-predictable and are happy to exchange your ticket purchase for another performance of the same show  IF you give us a call two hours before the start of your show.

All Premiere exchanges are subject to a $3 exchange fee (waived for Subscribers and Flexers)

The lobby is open 90 minutes prior to the start of the show and seating will begin thirty minutes prior to showtime.

Refreshments are available for purchase before the show and during intermission.  Our lobby selection is delicious and includes cookies, cakes, brownies and ice cream as well as coffee, tea, sodas, wine and beer. Food and drink are permitted in the theatre!

Bertolt Brecht

As a writer, director, dramaturg and theatre theorist, Brecht’s impact on European theatre was unrivalled in the 20th century. Valued highly as a poet for his vivid use of German, his primary artistic objective was to create theatre appropriate for a scientific age. By the late 1920s it had become apparent to Brecht that this would require not only a new kind of dramatic writing but also the destruction of the old theatre system.

What is epic theatre?

Brecht was interested in self-consciously retelling a story rather than realistically embodying the events of a narrative. His techniques encouraged the spectator to view the way in which playwright and actors presented the tale, exposing the mechanisms of theatre, and promoting an attitude of curiosity rather than the emotional and empathic response to the acting typical of the naturalistic and expressionistic forms dominant in German theatre at the time. His admiration for the political comedian Karl Valentin and the films of Charlie Chaplin provided models for the combination of social observation and Spass (fun) with which he intended to animate the theatre so that an audience might attend with the enthusiasm and critical interest of spectators at a sports match.

Most of Brecht’s plays include songs, which allow the performer to comment upon the action and illustrate selected characters’ emotions in an artistic mode without manipulating the spectator to empathise directly with the characters in action. The cognitive disruption provoked by all of Brecht’s techniques serves to alter the spectator’s habitual way of thinking about the way things are. By exposing the contradictions inherent in  society, a play could enable the spectator to devise ways to change the world into a place fit for people to live in.

OUR CAST 

Birgitta De Pree* – Mother Courage

Charlie AmmenGeneral/Corporal/Farmer

Jonathan AndujarSoldier/Lieutenant/Soldier with Fur Coat

Jude Bishop The Cook

Erik BrevikThe Chaplain

Anna Faye Hunter Kattrin

Reynette Kruger –  Yvette Pottiers

A.B. LugoArmy Recruiter/Clerk/Regimental Secretary

Christian Swiss Cheese/Young Man with Mattress/Farmer’s Son

Mary Sprunger-FroeseFarmer’s Wife/ Old woman

Jeremiah Walter –  Older Soldier/The Sergeant

Alex WimmerleEilif

 

OUR PRODUCTION TEAM

DirectorJim Jackson

Set Design-  Leo Haselhorst

Costume DesignAmy Haines 

Light & Sound DesignBen Pratt

Original Music – Jeremiah Walter

Stage ManagerLisbet Jackson

[/learn_more]

REFUNDS & EXCHANGES

REFUNDS:

All Ticket sales are final and there are no refunds on ticket purchases, however we do realize life can be un-predictable and are happy to exchange your ticket purchase for another performance of the same show  IF you give us a call two hours before the start of your show.

All Premiere exchanges are subject to a $3 exchange fee (waived for Subscribers and Flexers)

To exchange your tickets please call  the MAT Box Office at 719 465 6321 or visit us in person during our box office hours.

Exchanges into a more expensive performance require payment of the upgrade amount at the time of the exchange. Refunds are not given for exchanges into less expensive performances.

GIFT CERTIFICATES

GIFT CERTIFICATES

There’s never a bad time to give friends or family the gift of theatre.  Gift certificates are redeemable for all things MAT, including tickets to productions, classes, or subscriptions and packages. They are available in any denomination. Just give the MAT box office a call at 719 465-6321 We’ll send you a gift certificate to give and/or redeem once you’ve made your purchase.

GROUP RATES

GROUP RATES:

Whether you’re creating an unforgettable occasion for family and friends, entertaining clients, or planning the perfect company outing, the Millibo Art Theatre has the sales package that’s right for your needs.

BOOKING A GROUP IS EASY!

1. Gather a group of at least ten people. The larger your group, the larger the discount!

2. Select the performance you would like to attend.

3. Secure your group reservation with a cash, check or credit card payment.

4. Pick up your tickets at the MAT box office.

PREMIERE GROUP RATES

Groups 15 – 24  ~ $20 per ticket

Groups of 25 and up – $18.50 per ticket

ADDING TO YOUR GROUP RESERVATION: You may add to your group reservation up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled performance.  Dependent on availability.

RECEPTIONS: Want to have a pre- or post-show reception with your group? Chat with our staff about the options. We have a full liquor license & lobby bar and some incredibly delectable desserts!

PROMOTING YOUR EVENT: MAT can help you promote your group event by providing promotional graphics and e-fliers. Just let us know what you might need.

REFUNDS & EXCHANGES: No cancellations, refunds, or exchanges. The discounted group rate is not valid on previously purchased tickets or in conjunction with other discounts.

SEATING OPTIONS

MAT Seating chart

The MAT seats 109 patrons in a proscenium theatre with stadium style seating.  Every seat at the MAT has excellent sight lines and acoustics.

All seating is assigned. If you have any special seating needs, or would like to request a specific seat, please call the MAT Box Office at 719 465-6321. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.

Wheelchair seats are A1 & A15.

PARKING

All parking for the Millibo Art Theatre and the Ivywild School is shared.  Parking is available in the lot  immediately adjacent to the theatre, in front or behind the Ivywild school and on the street.  In addition, the MAT blocks off 30 spaces in the lot before the show for theatre patrons, when you arrive you may see an orange bucket reserving a parking space.  Just notify the attendant you are a ticket holder and they will open that space for you or just move the bucket toward the front of the space.

 

Author: Jim Jackson