Mother Courage and Her Children


Mother Courage and Her Children

There was once a mother
Mother Courage they called her
In the Thirty Years War
She sold victuals to soldiers.

The war did not scare her
From making her cut
Her three children went with her
And so got their bit.

Her first son died a hero
The second and honest lad
A bullet found her daughter
Whose heart was too good.

-Bertolt Brecht

Following the fortunes of Mother Courage and her three children as they strive to make a living during the madness of the Thirty Years War, this classic play is a blend of pathos and dark comedy.  As she profits from the spoils of the war, using only her wits and sheer will to keep her family alive, Mother Courage must make the ultimate sacrifice in this epic masterpiece of struggle and survival.

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