February 26, 2007
New theater arts faculty member makes directorial debut
Last year, the Theater Arts Department welcomed Kirsten
Brandt--an award-winning director, producer, and playwrightó-as
a new lecturer in drama. Brandt now makes her UCSC directing
debut with a lively multimedia production of Bertolt Brecht's
parable The Good Person of Setzuan, currently playing through
Sunday, March 4, in the Theater Arts Mainstage.
Clockwise from top: Ronald Feichtmeir as Wang, Sarah Kate Anderson as Shen Te, Chad Stender as
Yang Sun in Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Setzuan
Photo: Steve DiBartolomeo
Presented in a new adaptation by playwright Tony Kushner, The Good Person of Setzuan
focuses on the failings of society and asks whether it is possible for a person to be good in
a capitalistic society. Kushner, one of the most prominent contemporary playwrights in America,
is known for the political themes of his works and for his landmark Angels in America -
Part One: Millennium Approaches.
Brandt is joined by numerous faculty and student colleagues in mounting this production,
which includes original choreography by assistant professor of drama Patty Gallagher; scenic
design by assistant professor of design David Lee Cuthbert with student Robyn James; costume
design by assistant professor of design Brandin Barón with student Tanya Finkelstein;
lighting design by David Lee Cuthbert with student Kelly Kunaniec; sound design by student
Ben Jaffe; plus original music by San Diego-based Ruff Yeager.
Brandt was artistic director of San Diego's nationally recognized cutting-edge company
Sledgehammer Theatre for six years. She studied directing at the University of California,
San Diego, and playwriting at the University of Birmingham, England.
Tickets are $13/general and $9/students and seniors; UCSC undergrads with ID are
admitted free; staff, faculty, and Alumni Assoc. members with valid ID may purchase
up to two tickets at the $9 student price. Tickets are available at the UCSC
Ticket Office (831) 459-2159, events.ucsc.edu/tickets, or at the door.