An epic retelling of the Thirty Years’ War as experienced through the trials of a cunning canteen operator determined to make a profit from the war, no matter the danger to herself or her children.

Considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Quintessence expands its definition of classic and launches its seventh season led by Philadelphia legend Janis Dardaris as Mother Courage, Tony Nominated actor Forrest McClendon as The Cook, Quintessence favorite Gregory Isaac as The Chaplain, and rising star Leigha Kato as Kattrin.

Directed by Quintessence’s Artistic Director Alexander Burns, and using an original score by Obie winning composer and Philadelphia native Michael Friedman (The Civilians, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) with David Hare’s contemporary English translation, Mother Courage and Her Children promises to be a highlight of Philadelphia’s fall arts season.

Mother Courage and Her Children runs 2 hours and 45 minutes. There is NO LATE SEATING due to the nature of this production. 

ENSEMBLE 

Tom Carman ...................................................................................... as Swiss Cheese

Janis Dardaris* ...................................................................................... as Mother Courage

Leah Gabriel ....................................................................................... as Yvette

Gregory Isaac ...................................................................................... as The Chaplain

Leigha Kato* ........................................................................................ as Kattrin

Forrest McClendon* .......................................................................... as The Cook

Daniel Miller ..................................................................................... as Eilif

with John Basiulis, Carlo Campbell, Ashton Carter, Lee Cortopassi and Ebony Pullum

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Alexander Burns

Lighting by Ellen Moore

Costumes by Jane Casanave

Choreography by Kaki Burns

Fight Direction by Sean Bradley

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday, October 12 @ 7pm                        Pay What You Can Preview
  • Thursday, October 13 @ 7:00pm                       Preview
  • Friday, October 14 @ 8:00pm                            Preview
  • Saturday, October 15 @ 8:00pm                        Opening Night
  • Wednesday, October 19 @ 7:00pm
  • Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00pm                       
  • Friday, October 21 @ 8:00pm
  • Saturday, October 22 @ 8:00pm
  • Sunday, October 23 @ 3:00pm                          Talkback
  • Wednesday, October 26 @ 7:00pm
  • Thursday, October 27 @ 7:00pm                       Talkback
  • Friday, October 28 @ 8:00pm
  • Saturday, October 29 @ 2:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Sunday, October 30 @ 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 2 @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm
  • Thursday, November 3 @ 7:00pm
  • Friday, November 4 @ 8:00pm
  • Saturday, November 5 @ 8:00pm
  • Sunday, November 6 @ 3:00pm