The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
By Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill
This design for Mahagonny sets the lascivious and greedy Mahagonny in a modern-day
Juarez, Mexico. The themes of promiscuity, over-indulgence, corruption and desire are enhanced and made accessible due to the recent attention in the media of corruption and violence in the border cities of Mexico, specifically Juarez. Using the location of Juarez, full of corruption in politics and money in drug cartels and prostitution, Mahagonny is set in a real location and provides a Brechtian alienation to an audience. Brechtian elements are also supported in this design through the use of higher-technology signage, including neon signs, LED screens and projections on the structure designed for the Stratford Festival Theatre-Guthrie stage.
Maquette in Relief