October 31, November 1, 7, and 8, 2008
The Hampden-Sydney College Department of Fine Arts fall production, Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle, opens on Friday, October 31.
The play begins with a hearing to determine ownership of a valley in the post-World War II Soviet Georgia. In the play within the play a singer tells the story of a royal child abandoned in the heat of civil war. A servant girl, who has sacrificed everything to protect the child, is made to confront the boy's biological mother in a legal contest over who deserves to keep him. The comical judge calls on an ancient tradition - the chalk circle - to resolve the dispute.
Brecht wrote The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1944, while living in the United States in exile from his native Germany. He was a pioneer of the epic style of drama and had achieved success in that medium in Germany before having to flee the threat of Nazi persecution in 1933. The play is typical of Brecht in that it is a wonderful combination of a comedy, tragedy, music, and stagecraft, all in support of a political message.
The cast and crew of this production come from Hampden-Sydney College and Longwood University. The set was designed by Brad Stoller, Lecturer in Fine Arts. Director Matthew R. Dubroff is in his ninth year of teaching at Hampden-Sydney College.
Performances will be Friday and Saturday, October 31 and November 1, and Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8, at 8 PM in Johns Auditorium. All performances are free and open to the public. For reservations or information, call (434) 223-6362.