Directed by John Wat
Posted on January 24, 2018 by Scot Allen
Mid-Pacific School of the Arts presents "The Caucasian Chalk Circle," Directed by John Wat.
Friday, Feb. 2, to Sunday, Feb.11
Fridays 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays 7:30 p.m.
Sundays 2 p.m.
$5 Non Mid-Pacific students, seniors, military
$3 Mid-Pacific students, faculty & staff
Phone orders accepted at 973-5066
Bertolt Brecht is undoubtedly one of the most important theatre artists of the twentieth century. He is known for the beauty of his writing and the politics of his aesthetic practice and theory. Brecht's vision calls for audiences not to be merely entertained but to leave the theatre committed to act.
Even with a simple familiar fable as the central plot, The Caucasian Chalk Circle holds a mirror up to our lives as social animals. First produced in 1944, the issues the play illuminates are perhaps even more relevant today.
"Terrible is the temptation to do good," intones the singer who tells the tale. What can this mean? Brecht calls us to take that path to action, to choose to do what is right and just, even in the face of power and circumstance that stand in our way. And in the stories of Grusha, the poor servant girl and of Azdak, the town bum turned magistrate, the lowest of us, who do just that, Brecht shows us that we must all accept that temptation -- that challenge -- to not just watch, but to ACT.
A cast of 27 actors playing more than 80 roles. Poetry, song, dance, story and spectacle, played in the round so that the audience is very close to the action. PG13. Some images may be disturbing to very young children.