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Mother Courage and Her Children By Bertolt Brecht GENRE Epic Theatre SETTING Episode 1 A highway near a city Episode 2 Two years later the camp of the Swedish army at Wallhof the generals tent and kitchen nearby Episode 3 Three years later at an army camp Episode 4 Outside an officers tent Episode 5 Two years later In a devastated village Episode 6 Inside Mother Courages tent Episode 7 On a highway later Episode 8 A camp a day later Episode 9 Fall 1634 outside a half-demolished presbytery Episode 10 Later on a highway Episode 11 January 1636 beside a peasant house Episode 12 That night same location THEMES And you go marching with the show In step however fast or slow And rattle off your little song It wont be long And then the whole thing slides You think God provides -- But youve got it wrong Mother Courage 4 DRAMATIS PERSONAE Mother CourageSwiss Cheese her younger son Kattrin her mute daughterThe Recruiter Eilif her eldest sonThe Sergeant The CookAn Older Soldier The GeneralA Peasant The ChaplainThe Peasants Wife The Ordnance OfficerThe Young Man Yvette PottierThe Old Woman The Man With The Patch Over His EyeAnother Peasant The Other SergeantThe Peasant Woman The Old ColonelA Young Peasant A ClerkThe Lieutenant A Young SoldierSoldiers A Voice SYNOPSIS Episode 1 Mother Courage a canteen wagon driver and her children Eilif Kattrin and Swiss Cheese approach a Recruiter and Sergeant with intent to sell them something The Recruiter to Mother Courages dismay convinces Eilif to join the army If you want the war to work for you you have to give the war its due Sergeant Episode 2 Two years later Mother Courage finds Eilif again while she is attempting to sell a capon to the cook of the army at camp She overhears the general praising
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