Brechtian Allegory Shakes Up BCA In “The Cradle Will Rock”


The School of Theatre at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University is proud to present The Cradle Will Rock, a Brechtian allegory of corruption and corporate greed set in “Steeltown, USA.”

The Cradle Will Rock

Music by Marc Blitzstein | Directed by Emily Ranii |

Music Direction by Catherine Stornetta | Choreography by McCaela Donovan

December 14-18

Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 pm

Thursday, December 15, 7:30 pm

Friday, December 16, 8 pm

Saturday, December 17, 2pm

Sunday, December 18, 2 pm

Calderwood Pavilion at the Bosotn Center for the Arts, Wimberly Theatre (527 Tremont Street, Boston)

Tickets: $12 General Public, $10 BU Alumni, WGBH and WBUR members and Huntington Subscribers, $6 with CFA Membership, Free with BU ID, at the door, day of performance, subject to availability. | 617-933-8600

Written in 1937 by Marc Blitzstein, The Cradle Will Rock follows the efforts of Larry Foreman to unionize the town’s workers and combat the wicked, greedy businessman Mr. Mister, who controls Steeltown’s factory, press, church, and social organizations.

“As a theatre artist, it is simultaneously terrifying and gratifying when art and life mirror each other,” says Stage Director and Theater Lecturer Emily Ranii. “The characters in The Cradle Will Rock are on the precipice, forced to choose between their souls and their survival, their hearts and their bodies. Eighty years after Marc Blitzstein wrote his operetta in the midst of the Great Depression, we find ourselves in yet another era in which there is nowhere near enough to go around. How each of us responds to overwhelming need on a daily basis defines who we are.”

The production is sponsored in part through the Stewart F. Lane (CFA’73) and Bonnie Comley Musical Theatre Fund, a generous commitment from the Tony Award-winning Broadway producers to enhance the School’s musical theatre curriculum by creating an elective musical theatre program as well as producing one musical per year.

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