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"The Good Person of Setzuan" at Kennedy Theatre

"The Good Person of Setzuan" at Kennedy Theatre

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The Good Person of Setzuan

Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

Oct 10-14

Thu-Sat at 7:30PM, Sun at 2:00PM

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan directed by MFA Directing candidate and Po‘okela award-winning music director, Ike Webster.  This play, originally written by one of theatre’s most influential theorists and practitioners, questions how can any person be good while desperately struggling to make ends meet.  Performances run October 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m., and October 14 at 2:00 p.m. in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre.  A free post-show rap will follow the Friday, October 12 performance.  Tickets are $8-$18.
            In The Good Person of Setzuan, three Gods visit the Earth to find one mensch, one good person, to show that the world has not completely gone off the rails.  They are greeted in Setzuan by Wang the Waterseller (Qalil Ismail) who searches for a place for them to stay for the night.  After several failed attempts, Wang asks Shen Te (Christine Chang), a prostitute who never says no, and she agrees to share her single room with the Gods.  Because of her altruism, the Gods believe that they have found their good person.  Before they leave, they compensate Shen Te for their stay, which allows her to purchase a tobacco shop.  However, in order to keep control of her store, Shen Te must invent a new persona that puts her interests first.  When the Gods arrive to check in on their good person, will she still be the mensch they believe she is?

Due to some adult language, situations, and themes, this production is not recommended for children under 13.  Tickets to The Good Person of Setzuan are on sale online at etickethawaii.com, by phone at (808) 944-2697, and at official outlets.  Sales at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office begin on Monday, October 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended sales hours on show days.



The Good Person of Setzuan


UHM Department of Theatre + Dance



October 10, 11, 12*, and 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Matinee October 14 at 2:00 p.m.

            *Post-Show rap following the 10/12




Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, in Kennedy Theatre

1770 East-West Road, 96822



$18 Adult

$16 Senior, Military, UH Faculty/ Staff

$13 Students/Youth

$8 UHM Students with Valid UHM ID


Ticket prices include all service fees.



Tickets are available online at etickethawaii.com, by phone at (808) 944-2697, and at participating outlets.  The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday during show weeks, with extended hours on performance dates.

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