Lenox MA: Considered by many to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Mother Courage and Her Children is set against the backdrop of the Thirty Years War of the seventeenth century. The play follows the fate of Mother Courage, an artful canteen woman with the Swedish Army, intent on keeping her business and family alive amidst the destruction of war. Written by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Artistic Director Tony Simotes and starring Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis, this play still resonates today providing a profound insight into the moral implications of war. Mother Courage and Her Children runs July 26–August 25, in S&Co.’s Tina Packer Playhouse, Lenox, MA.
Simotes sets the play traditionally, during the period of the Thirty Years War — one of the longest conflicts in European history. The decades between 1618 and 1648 brought violence, cruelty, plague, and famine across Europe. Yet, despite the bleak milieu of a war torn nation, Mother Courage and Her Children is filled with plenty of humor, music, dance and song.