Mother Courage and Her Children is not an easy play to watch, but it is essential to do so” —Christine Okon, Theater and Such

“When [Wilma] Bonet’s Mother Courage confronts each of her dead children’s bodies for the first time, you get a glimpse of the soul she’s had to extinguish to survive” —Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

“The best part of Ubuntu’s production is how the cast feels like it’s battling to survive the play, our expectations of what theater is, and yes, one of the most brutal and devastating wars in modern history... The aftertaste is sharp and alive”
John Wilkins, A Free Audience

“War is for the politicians, but what about the common folk? Aren't we safer dumb and quiet—or, will complacency kill us?”
Tyler Jeffreys, Theatrius

Mother Courage and Her Children
was co-presented by


Ubuntu Theater Project is a Mills College Performing Artist in Residence 2019

Mother Courage and Her Children

February 8–March 3, 2018

by Bertolt Brecht
translated by Tony Kushner
directed by Emilie Whelan

Considered by many to be the greatest play of the 20th century, Bertolt Brecht's music-infused drama, translated by Tony Kushner, explores the mechanisms that perpetuate war through the experiences of one embattled woman and her family, directed by Emilie Whelan (A Streetcar Named Desire, Waiting for Lefty).

Amid the scarcity of war, Mother Courage earns her nickname by breaking through a line of cannon fire to save a cart of bread.

Determined to profit from the conflict, she battles her way through year after year of an endless war as violence, manipulation, death—and spoils—accumulate around her.

Brecht’s hugely theatrical masterpiece unearths the true cost of conflict—and asks whether cycles of violence can ever be broken.


Mother Courage Wilma Bonet*
Eiliff  Kenny Scott
Swiss Cheese Kevin Rebultan
Kattrin   Rolanda D. Bell
The Chaplain Shane Fahy
The Cook John Mercer
Yvette Kimba Daniels
Ensemble J Jha
Ensemble Regina Morones
Ensemble Dominick Palamenti

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers

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