The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui


Writers: Bertolt Brecht


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Satire, Parody
Period, Simple/No Set
Time & Place
Chicago, 1930s
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Male, High School
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult characters


Arturo Ui is a small-time gangster down on his luck. With the economy depressed and a lack of action within the town, his name has been notably absent from the press. However, he soon comes across incriminating information about the hitherto uncorrupted politician Dogsborough, who has succumbed to temptation and become involved in some dodgy negotiations with the Cauliflower Trust. Ui sees his opportunity. He threatens to expose Dogsborough unless the politician supports him, drawing the old man and the Cauliflower Trust into his violent and controlling world. Ui’s gang are a corrupt protection racket, through which Ui ascends in power and authority. Ui undergoes training to become a convincing politician and his strength lies in his oratory skills and a forceful persona. He is willing to do anything to secure the control he desires. As Ui’s greed and lust for power grow, his means for achieving his goal become more and more brutal. He is so successful in Chicago that he sets his sights higher, looking to expand into the nearby city of Cicero.

Lead Characters

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