Upper School Presents
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Written by Bertolt Brecht, English Version by Eric Bentley
New Music by Bill Brendle, performed live by the Balkaneers
November 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m., November 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Carlson Family Theater
Tickets $10 general admission/$5 for students
Filled with music, song, and epic adventure, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a theatrical parable inspired by the Chinese play Chalk Circle and the Old Testament tale of King Solomon and a child claimed by two mothers. Reset in the Caucasus Mountains of Eurasia, Brecht’s retelling follows Grusha, a young servant girl who finds herself caught between powerful forces when, in the midst of a bloody coup, she rescues the baby-heir to the overthrown Governor and flees into the mountains. Once apprehended by the evil Ironshirts, she must face the child’s powerful birth mother at a public trial to decide who truly loves the child most. Brecht’s trenchant statements about class, corruption, and greed are cloaked in the innocence of a fable that whispers insistently to the audience.
*Recommended for audiences Seventh Grade and older.