by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Zeljko Djukic
Original Music by Josh Schmidt 

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May 20 - June 20, 2010
at the Chopin Theatre Studio
1543 W. Division St.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 3:00pm

Sorry - All remaining performances of Baal are SOLD OUT!
If you'd like to be added to the wait list for tickets, please show up at the theatre one hour before curtain. Tickets not claimed by curtain time will be released on a first come, first serve basis to the wait list.


Our 2009/2010 "Young and Restless Brecht" continues with Baal, translated by Peter Tegel, and featuring original music by Josh Schmidt (Adding Machine: A Musical). The second of two early works of Brecht presented this season, Baal follows TUTA’s smash hit production of The Wedding (Jeff Recommended, Critic’s Choice – Chicago Tribune and Timeout Chicago).

With this production, TUTA strives to musically enlighten the play of young Brecht known for its inaugural form and risky themes of stardom and power. A fusion of serious drama and music, this production has a strong emphasis on the musicality of the words, saturating them with rhythm, harmony, sound and structures. Developed through company workshops, this collaboration brings forward an original score, full of surprises and frequent shifts in perspective that explore the value of the politically charged subject of arts in times of economic crisis.

When speaking about the production, Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic says, “In Near Eastern mythology, Baal is a God of rainfall and fertility. In Weimar Germany, Baal was a subversive announcement of the approaching gallop of Nazism. For us today, he is a trickier figure. Like anything that has had social subversive appeal, the character of a drunken, nihilistic poet-musician, has repeatedly been sterilized with the commercialism of popular culture: the Vietnam War protests and Jim Morrison; the Civil rights movement and Bob Dylan. Most aesthetic monstrosities end up in safe hands. They sell. Perhaps theatre can bring a glimpse of the original danger?” 

Baal reunites the talents of company members Jacqueline Stone and Dana Wall, and guest artists Dana Black, Ted Evans, Lindsey Gavel, Stacie Beth Green, Steve Hadnagy, Ben Harris, Peter Oyloe, Rachel Rizzuto, and Ian Westerfer, under the direction of Zeljko Djukic. Design and Technical Collaborators include: Original Music by Josh Schmidt; Musical Direction by Wain Parham; Set Design by Brandon Wardell; Costume Design by Natasha Djukic; Lighting Design by Keith Parham; Sound Design by Josh Schmidt and Chris Kritz; Technical Direction by Jeremy Wilson; and Stage Management by Helen Colleen Lattyak.