Drums in the Night

He thought war was a nightmare, and then he came home. Bertolt Brecht wrote Drums in the Night as a young man deeply scarred by his experiences as a medic in WWI and furious at the hypocrisy he found in every corner of society on the home front. To me, Drums in the Night is a story of a soldier who returns to the country that sent him off to commit atrocious acts of violence in a meaningless war, and finds that he no longer has anywhere to call home. I began my work on Drums in the Night looking at the chaotic and disturbing cityscapes of George Grosz and the aesthetics of the play developed as a modern, American version of that world. With this production I aimed to put on stage the ugliest and most frightening parts of the culture I have grown up loving. Only by truly acknowledging what we have become, can we wake up from this nightmare.

Drums in the Night
By Bertolt Brecht
Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre (UCSD / La Jolla Playhouse)
November 6 - 17, 2013
Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

Scenic Design by Andrea Healey
Costume Design by Amy Sutton
Lighting Design by Chris Lundahl
Sound Design by Melanie Chen

All photos by Jim Carmody