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Conveying courage

February 9, 2012

Theatre graduate student Leslie Hull knew she would be playing the title character Anna Fierling for her thesis role almost a year before “Mother Courage” went into production. She traveled to Berlin to do research in preparation for the role, and while there, she watched a performance at Brecht’s Theater, named after playwright Bertolt Brecht, who wrote the play.

“I think of acting more like just heightened living, so I try to just have experiences that are memorable or that I fully engage in on a daily basis,” Hull said. “Then I can hopefully use those on stage in a role.”

“Mother Courage” spans decades of time, based during the Thirty Years’ War, as Fierling travels through Europe selling goods to soldiers.

The MSU Department of Theatre’s production of “Mother Courage” runs at 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Auditorium.

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