The Caucasian Chalk Circle
About the show:
The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a play by the German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht. An example of Brecht's epic theatre, the play is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than its wealthy natural parents. The setting of the play is clearly a bombed out village in the Caucasus Mountains, in the Soviet Republic of Georgia.
The play was written in 1944 while Brecht was living in the United States. Brecht, in his typical anti-realist style, uses the device of a "play within a play". The "frame" play is set in the Soviet Union around the end of the Second World War. It shows a dispute between two communes, the Collective Fruit Farm fruit growing commune and the Collective Goat Farmers, over who is to own and manage an area of farm land after the Nazis have retreated from a village and left it abandoned. A parable has been organized by one group, an old folk tale, to be played out to cast light on the dispute. The Singer, Arkadi Tcheidse, arrives with his band of musicians, then tells the peasants the fable, which forms the main narrative, and intertwines throughout much of the play. The Singer often takes on the thoughts of characters, enhances the more dramatic scenes with stronger narration than simple dialogue, and is responsible for most scene and time changes. Often the role is accompanied by several "musicians" (which incorporate music into the play itself) that help the Singer keep the play running smoothly. At the end he states that the land should go to those who will use it most productively, the fruit growers, and not those who had previous ownership.
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$14 ASCC discount , staff, senior (60+)
$12 child (5 - 12 years)
Note: web sales close 2 hours prior to performance.
SPECIAL ONLINE-ONLY DISCOUNT called “ON LINE ASCC ST” is a $10 online-only price offered to Cerritos College students who have a Cerritos Student I.D. with current semester ASCC sticker, presented at box office.
At Door: (Box Office Window one hour prior to the show - cash only)
$15 ASCC, staff, senior
Parking: Free parking is available in lot C-3 starting 1 hour prior to each show.
Accessibility: If you are buying tickets for yourself or companion and know that you will need accessible seating, buy tickets normally, without regard to location. When you arrive at the theatre, hand your ticket/s to the House Manager at the door and ask for accessible seating. They will substitute the ticket/s for the correct seating. No need to call ahead. If you have a large group that needs seating arrangements, call us at 562.467.5058.
House Policies: There are no children under 5 permitted in the theatre for any theatrical performance. There is no use of electronic devices inside the theatre at any time during the productions. There is no food or drinks permitted inside the theatre.
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