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Courage: Governor's Island

  • Governors Island: Ferry Terminal 10 South Street New York, NY, 10004 United States (map)



NACL premieres the newly-completed Courage, an immersive walking journey inside an imagined refugee camp occupied by stilt-patrolling soldiers, and populated by a host of characters that engage the audience along the way. Courage is based on Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 anti-war classic Mother Courage and Her Children, written in response to the devastating rise of fascism in Europe. This NACL musical spectacular tells the story of a mother searching for her lost son, as she advocates for empathy and compassion in an era of fear, displacement, and crisis.

Directed by Tannis Kowalchuk, with music by Rima Fand, text by Mark Dunau and Melissa Bell, and dramaturgy by Mimi McGurl, Courage is a moving theatrical experience, created and performed by a cast of 25 performers, featuring Debra Winger.


“Courage” is remarkable, and I know that this is not the end but the beginning for this wildly imaginative production, which is clearly bound for glory.

My fervent wish is that the rest of the world catches up with those of us fortunate enough to be the first ones on the block. Kudos.
— Jonathan Fox, The River Reporter
Earlier Event: September 23
Courage: Governors Island
Later Event: October 7
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