Chicago Gangland Meets American Fascism in Bertolt Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” at Confetti Stage

“The world was almost won by such an ape! The nations put him where his kind belong. But don’t rejoice too soon at your escape – The womb he crawled from is still going strong” – Bertolt Brecht, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

In 1941, playwright Bertolt Brecht was living in Finland waiting for a visa to enter
the United States. He had fled his native country of Germany to escape the atrocities being
committed by Adolf Hitler, a man he disparagingly referred to as der Anstreicher (“the house
painter”). It was there that he wrote a biting satire about the stupidity, cowardice, and greed behind the ideology that devastated his homeland. He titled the play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Instead of Nazi Germany, the play told the story of ruthless Chicago gangsters running a “protection” racket on a Cauliflower Trust. In place of Adolf Hitler, the show introduced us to Arturo Ui, a distinctly American fascist. This funny, tragic, and uncomfortably timely tale will both entertain and unsettle anyone fortunate enough to buy a ticket. Featuring unique audio and visual effects, this intimately staged production directed by Linda D. Shirey is a can’t miss for Capital District audiences!

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui features: Kat Fronheiser, Alex Grandin, Liz Helmer, Stephen Henel, Rachel Jenack, Dmitriy Kogan, Colleen Lovett, Vincent Lounello, Timmy Martin, Peter V. Miranda, John A. Nickles, Maghen Ryan, William M. Sanderson, and Brian Starnes. It is directed by Linda D. Shirey, Assistant Director Tony Pallone, Stage Manager Kathryn Capalbo, and Assistant Stage Manager Lita Carbone.


Performing 12/2, 12/3, 12/8, 12/9, 12/10 @ 7:30pm and 12/4 & 12/11 at 2pm. All performances will take place at The Albany Masonic Hall, 67 Corning Place, Albany. Tickets will be available at the door or may be reserved by calling the Confetti Stage Box Office at (518) 460-1167. Online ticketing available at

Confetti Stage COVID-19 Safety Policy: Everyone in attendance must be fully vaccinated. Masks must be worn at all times. Confetti Stage reserves the right to refuse entry to those who won’t comply.

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