In the Jungle of the Cities (Nellhaus)

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  4w, 11m

Bertolt Brecht, Gerhard Nellhaus

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In the Jungle of the Cities (Nellhaus)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 11m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Set in Chicago in a climate of rampant capitalism, it tells the story of a savage battle waged between two men, whose relationship is at once homosexual and sadomasochistic. Brecht created it out of popular "gangster" novels. The action, takes one from a lending library in Chicago to a deserted railroad worker's tent in the gravel pits by Lake Michigan, "the everlasting roar of Chicago has faded away," says Schlink just before the showdown and his final demise

Shlink, the lumber dealer, a Malay

George Garga

John Garga, his father

Mae Garga, His mother

Marie garga, His sister

Jane Larry, his girl friend

Skinny, a Chinaman, Schlink's clerk

Collie Couch, known as 'The Baboon', a pimp

J Finnay, known as 'The Worm', hotel proprietor

Pat Manky, Ship's first mate

A Salvation Army Officer

The Snubnose

The Saloon Keeper

C Maynes, owner of a lending library


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  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

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Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), playwright, poet and director, was born in Augsburg, Germany in February 1898. He established himself as a playwright during the 1920s and early 1930s with plays such as Baal, Man is Man, The Threepenny Opera and The Mother. In 1933, as Hitler came ...
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Gerhard Nellhaus


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