Northern Illinois University

School of Theatre and Dance

A Bright Room Called Day

adapted from Bertolt Brecht, by Tony Kushner

Players Theatre

Based on a play written by Bertolt Brecht in 1938, Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day looks over our shoulders and behind ourselves. A German middle aged actress and her friends in the early 1930s fearfully witness the fall of the socialist Weimar Republic and the rise of Adolph Hitler. A subplot tells the story of Zillah, a 1990s New Yorker who believes that Ronald Reagan is becoming too much like Hitler.

Kushner’s unique interweaving of plots occurs when Zillah interrupts the 1930s scenes to offer observations of the past from her contemporary perspective. To escape Reagan, Zillah flees to Germany, where Hitler is now supposed to be nothing but a squelched memory. Past and present intertwine and blurs the line between them.

Although filled with social and political commentary about one of the most devastating periods in human history, A Bright Room Called Day remains a deeply personal exploration of how the past adheres to the present.


January 31 - February 10, 2013
Players Theatre

Production Ended