After the Show
The Good Person of Szechwan was written by Bertolt Brecht, collaborating with Margarete Steffin and Ruth Berlau, actresses and writers who were both involved with Brecht in professional and personal ways. Brecht started writing the play in Germany in 1938 and finished it a few years later as an exile in America. The play is a parable, which means it has been created to illustrate and explore a moral question.
Some lines from the play for discussion:
“One minute of weakness and you’re done for. Love is brutal.”
“To fill everyone with happiness—even oneself—is good.”
“No one can be good for long unless goodness is demanded of them.”