The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht’s highly theatrical exploration of morality, ethics and survival, will be performed this month at Elmhurst College’s Mill Theatre.
Written on the heels of World War II, this epic parable, set in the Caucasus mountains of Russia, pushes us into the chaos and aftermath of civil war. Amidst the turbulence, a governor’s wife abandons her child and a servant cares for it. A corrupt judge tries to determine which of the two women is the true mother. In a contest of might vs. right, who wins?
Janice Pohl, associate professor and director of theatre at Elmhurst College, will direct the play. Brecht, a German Marxist poet, modernist playwright and theatre director, wrote The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1944.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle will be performed over two consecutive weekends: Thursday through Saturday, November 13-15, and Thursday through Sunday, November 20-23. Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Performances take place in the Mill Theatre. General admission is $7, students are $5, and seniors, faculty and staff are $6.
Mill Theatre subscriptions and individual tickets are available by phone, mail or in person. To purchase tickets, please call (630) 617-3005 or visit the box office, at the theatre. The box office is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.