Debuting March 17th on the NFCT stage:

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui



Esmeralda Cabrera, Georgia Ciaputa, Tom Ciorciari, Dennis Creighton, Jennifer Eager, Tim Ferris, Bill Gardner, Liam Glueckert, Peter J. Harrington, Christian Lepore, John Lovett, AD Newcomer, Andy O’Brien, Robert Oliver, Alan Stewart


Colin Palmer . . . Director, Set Designer

Laura Pearsall . . . Producer

James Yaiullo . . . Original Music

Katrina Lovett . . . Costume Designer, Stage Manager

Kayla Lessard . . . Lighting Designer, Video Designer

Mark Heidemann . . . Video Consultant


In 1930s Chicago, mobster Arturo Ui will stop at nothing to control the cauliflower trade. Terror and bloodshed follow. Can anyone stop him?


A dizzyingly intelligent political satire on the (ir)resistibleness of political thuggery, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by German playwright Bertolt Brecht satirizes the rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany by dressing it up as “the gangster film” we thought we knew. In Arturo Ui, the metamorphosis of thug-to-politician through corruption, intimidation and all manner of brutality is thinly masked by a Chicago gangland epic wherein the young Arturo Ui stages a violent takeover of the green-grocer trade.



Performances are set for:

March 17, 2023, 8:00PM

March 18, 2023, 8:00PM

March 19, 2023, 2:30PM

March 24, 2023, 8:00PM

March 25, 2023, 8:00PM

March 26, 2023, 2:30PM

March 31, 2023, 8:00PM

April 1, 2023, 8:00PM

April 2, 2023, 2:30PM

Tickets are $30.

Click HERE for tickets


As an added benefit and to help facilitate discussions of the play’s themes, each performance will begin with a screening of the 2017 Oscar nominated short documentary A Night at the Garden. Using only archival footage, the film documents the 1939 rally at Madison Square Garden held by the pro-Nazi group The German-American Bund. This is a documentary that takes, as The New Yorker put it, “an approach to history that doesn’t lull and flatter us.” 

Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be held after each Sunday performance.

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