Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage

Artistic Director Molly Smith tackles a unique, in-the-round staging of Bertolt Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Iconic stage and screen actress and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage following her sold-out run of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to make her professional singing debut as the tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage-a single mother determined to keep her family alive and her business afloat during war. Mother Courage and Her Children runs through March 9, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at opening night below!

Using the David Hare translation, the show fuses politics and satire to paint an unforgettable and provocative portrait of war, incorporating more than 10 pieces of original music composed in a rollicking, gypsy-punk style and performed by cast members doubling as musicians.

In a cast brimming with Arena Stage favorites, Mother Courage's children are played by Nehal Joshi (Arena's The Music Man, Oklahoma!) as youngest son Swiss Cheese,Nicholas Rodriguez (Arena's My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!) as eldest son Eilif and local talent Erin Weaver (Folger Theatre's Romeo and Juliet, Arcadia) in her Arena Stage debut as daughter Kattrin.

The cast also features D.C.-area native Rick Foucheux(Arena's Ah, Wilderness!) as The Chaplain and Meg Gillentine(Arena's Cabaret, Damn Yankees) as Yvette along with the return of Jack Willis (Broadway's Julius Caesar), who last appeared at Arena Stage in Book of Days and most recently has been a leading company member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as The Cook. Nathan Koci leads the ensemble as Music Coordinator along with Monalisa Arias, Lise Bruneau, Jed Feder, Rayanne Gonzales, Jacobi Howard, Dan Istrate, James Konicek, Jesse Terrill andJohn Leslie Wolfe.

Tickets for Mother Courage and Her Children are $50-$99, subject to change and based on availability, plus applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased online at arenastage.org, by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth St., SW, D.C.

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Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Nehal Joshi and Erin Weaver with guests

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Jed Feder, Artistic Director Molly Smith and Directing Assistant Maria Edmundson

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Artistic Director Molly Smith introduces the company of Mother Courage and Her Children

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Nicholas Rodriguez, Erin Weaver and Nehal Joshi

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Kathleen Turner with production sponsors Charlotte and Hank Schlosberg

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Jesse Terrill, Jacobi Howard and Dan Istrate

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Monalisa Arias and Rayanne Gonzales

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Directing Assistant Maria Edmundson with Movement Director David Leong and his wife Patti D’Beck

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Artistic Director Molly Smith, Executive Producer Edgar Dobie, cast member Kathleen Turner and Lola Reinsch

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Rachel Ann Weiss

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Jack Willis and Rick Foucheux

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Dramaturg Mark Bly and Artistic Director Molly Smith

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Nehal Joshi and Erin Weaver

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Meg Gillentine and John Leslie Wolfe

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Rick Foucheux and Kathleen Turner

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Nicholas Rodriguez, Kathleen Turner, Nehal Joshi and Erin Weaver

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Suzanne Blue Star Boy and Artistic Director Molly Smith

Photo Flash: First Look at Kathleen Turner, Rachel Ann Weiss and More in Opening Night of MOTHER COURAGE at Arena Stage
Kathleen Turner and daughter Rachel Ann Weiss

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