The Ethics of Wealth: "The Exception and the Rule" (play)

Sponsored by Center for Ethics in Society


April 25, 2013 – April 27, 2013
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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There are currently no more reserved seats available for this performance. General admissions seats will be available at the door. In addition, all unclaimed reserved seats will be released 10 minutes before the start of this performance.

As part of our two-year exploration of the ethics of wealth, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society has teamed up with Stanford Summer Theater to present Bertolt Brecht's The Exception and the Rule, directed by Rush Rehm and music by Michael St. Claire. The cast includes Tom Freeland, April Green, Courtney Walsh, Carolyn MacDonald, and Basel Al-Naffouri.

The Exception and the Rule
is one of several Lehrstücke (“learning plays”) Bertolt Brecht wrote in 1929/30. Performed in factories and schools, these “learning plays” aimed to show workers and students the inherent (and inhuman) contradictions of capitalism.

The play tells the story of a wealthy merchant who must cross the fictional Yahi Desert to close an oil deal. In this highly physical and often comic journey, Brecht exposes the class differences between the profit-hungry merchant and his working-class porter, and he reveals how the legal system takes care of those “who matter.”

There are performances on Wed April 24 (preview), Thurs April 25, Fri April 26 (2 shows) and Sat April 27 (2 shows).

The play lasts 65 minutes, and all but the Wednesday Preview and the Friday late show will be followed by a post-show discussion:

April 25, 7:00pm performance: talk back with Harry Elam, Drama

Tickets are free but you must reserve a seat via the Stanford Ticket Office. There is a maximum of 6 seats per order. Tickets can be picked up in advance at the Ticket Office (second floor of Tresidder Union or call 650-725-2787) or at Will Call 40 minutes before curtain. As the performances are free and the house holds only 70 patrons, we expect a large turnout so please pick up your tickets no later than 10 minutes before curtain. Tickets NOT picked up by 10 minutes before curtain will be released.

Admission Info

Tickets are free but you must reserve a seat via the Stanford Ticket Office.

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