"Mother Courage and Her Children" Fall Theatre Production

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
October 23, 2017

Long-time Seattle actor and Chair of Performing Arts & Arts Leadership, Ki Gottberg, will play the titular character in Bertolt Brecht’s great epic Mother Courage and Her Children at Seattle University, opening on November 9 at the Lee Center for the Arts.

A poster for the play Mother Courage showing the play title against a field of rubble

Rosa Joshi, fresh from her highly acclaimed direction of Bring Down the House at Seattle Shakespeare Company, directs. Rosa and Ki have worked together previously as director and actor, most recently in Titus Andronicus with Ki playing Tamora, Queen of the Goths.  Joining them and Seattle U students onstage will be Andrew Litsky, Artistic Director of Theatre Simple, playing The Cook.

Ki Gottberg has appeared on most of Seattle’s main and minor stages, and was a 25-year member of the acting company at the experimental New City Theatre. She has worked with writer/director luminaries such as Maria Irene Fornes and Len Jenkins, and has created theatre and art for the past 40 plus years up and down the West Coast and in NYC.  She has taught at Seattle U for 30 years and is currently Chair of the Performing Arts and Arts Leadership Department.  She is also the Artistic Director of The Merc Playhouse in Twisp, Washington.

Rosa Joshi has worked at various theatres including Seattle Shakespeare Company, Intiman Theatre Festival, ACT, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, New City Theater and Northwest Asian American Theatre. She last worked on a Bertolt Brecht play when she directed Life of Galileo for Strawberry Theatre Workshop with Andrew Litzky playing the Pope. She is a founder of upstart crow collective, a Seattle-based company dedicated to producing classical plays with all-female casts.

A 20th Century classic, this play asks the question “if you profit from what is bad for humanity, can you escape from what is bad?” Humorous, harrowing, full of song and indelibly etched characters, the story unfolds to the drums of constant war.  Staged in a hyper-intimate manner with very limited seating in a set by Shawn Johnson, with sound by Dominic Cody-Kramers, costumes by Harmony Arnold, and lighting by Michael Mrizek ('18), this show promises to be unlike any you have ever experienced. 

Bertolt Brecht, German author of such works as Three Penny Opera and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, saw Theatre as a means to get at our deepest ideas of morality in a manner that has galvanized audiences since his first play Baal, performed in 1918.

Mother Courage and Her Children

By Bertolt Brecht

  • Preview: November 8
  • Opening: November 9
  • Through November 19
  • Wednesday–Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • Lee Center for the Arts
  • $6 students; $10 faculty/staff/alumni; $12 general admission

Tickets on sale online or at the Lee Center Box Office, 206.296.2244, Wednesday-Friday, 1:30-6 p.m.