Saturday, April 11, 2015

UA's Studio Series presents The Caucasian Chalk Circle


From: Pierce, Lisa Ann - (lisapierce) []
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 7:36 PM
Subject: A Play About a Frail Girl with a Strong Backbone

A governor & his wife flee a coup & in the chaos of this, leave their infant son behind. The wee babe is rescued by a servant named Grusha, who keeps him safe in the midst of all the violent conflict, but what happens when the governor's wife returns to claim the child? 



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University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television

Approx Run Time: 125 minutes — 10-minute Intermission • Directed by David Weynand •

April 9, 2015

UA's Studio Series presents The Caucasian Chalk Circle

by Bertolt Brecht

Directed by David Weynand


Tucson, AZ - In an extraordinary example of epic theatre, The Caucasian Chalk Circle tells the story of Grusha, a kitchen servant in the household of the governor, who saves his noble child's life during a time of civil war. Writer Bertolt Brecht uses the eternal & universal theme of motherly love to depict essential human kindness. In a series of episodes stuffed with drama, comedy, robust characters, music & song, Grusha makes hard choices; caring for the noble child means responsibility & sacrifice. The law regards her as a kidnapper & her poverty is a threat to the life she's determined to save. "Terrible is the temptation to do good!" The more the young woman protects the child's life, the more she endangers her own. The play forces us to consider what love asks of us as individuals. A civil suit is brought upon Grusha by the Governor's widow for the return of her son, as the ancient test of the chalk circle determines the child's true mother. Relevance: 'Everything belongs by right to those who care for it.' This idea is still something we debate today.

Dates & Times: Evenings: Apr 23 - 25 at 8pm I Matinee: Apr 26 at 2pm

Place: Harold Dixon Directing Studio, Drama Bldg, Rm #116, on UA campus (SE corner of Speedway Blvd/Park)

Cost/Admission: All seats $7

Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162 or

Parking: Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Avenue just north of Speedway Blvd. Pre-paid parking is available for weekday evening performances. Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park. If you have special needs for parking, please call UA Parking & Transportation Services at (520) 621-3550.

WARNING: Profanity & adult content. Teens welcome with parent or adult guardian. No children under

13, please.

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