Wednesday, March 2, 2011

‘The Chalk Circle’ to be staged at Community School

Community School Players tackle Bertolt Brecht work

Express Staff Writer

The Community School Players will perform “The Chalk Circle” by Bertolt Brecht on March 3-6 at the Community School Theatre. Photo by David N. Seelig

"The Chalk Circle" by Bertolt Brecht is a dramatized version of the Solomonic judgment found in the Bible, a terse story about two women and a child. In the biblical version, King Solomon decides a dispute between two women as to who should bring up a child by ordering his executioner to cut the child in half. Brecht's play is fable based and is reminiscent of the times in which Brecht lived, during World War II.

The Community School Players will present "The Chalk Circle" on Thursday, March 3, through Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. In addition, they will give a matinee performance on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m.

The Community School Players' version is set in a fairy-tale land at a fairy-tale time inspired by medieval Georgia and Iran, which Brecht calls Grusinia and Persia. This gives "The Chalk Circle" the character and tone of timeless universality.

It's easy to find many counterparts to the play's situations and characters in today's world. Inspired by the latest news from the Middle East, director Fritz Braun said he chose to set the play in an imaginary Third World country where a revolution is going on.

Tickets, $8 for adults and $4 for students, are available at the door or at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum. Theatre Senior Night will take place on Friday, March 4, when the Community School Players will celebrate departing seniors who have played an active role in the Community School Theatre programs. For details, call 622-3955, ext. 133.

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