South Coast Rep Presents The Caucasian Chalk Circle
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A timeless folk tale that weaves comedy, drama and song into a moving theatrical tapestry, Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by Kate Whoriskey opens South Coast Repertory’s 2005-2006 Season on the Segerstrom Stage. New music composed by Michael Bodeen and Rob Milburn debuts in SCR’s production of the German playwright’s epic satire.
Developed in the aftermath of World War II while Brecht was living in Hollywood writing screenplays, this masterwork resonates with themes of sacrifice and salvation, echoing the Judgment of Solomon. Grusha is a maid caught holding a baby in the middle of a revolution. Her mistress has fled, taking the fancy dresses but forgetting the child. The “Iron Shirts” hot on her heals, Grusha’s escape leads her to one of Brecht’s greatest characters – Azdak – a ramshackle rogue turned clever judge.
With plays that include The Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage and Her Children and Galileo, Brecht shaped a generation of writers, theatre-goers and thinkers. After the first professional production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1954 by the Berliner Ensemble, Brecht came to be generally recognized as one of the most important figures in contemporary theatre.
Associate Artist Kate Whoriskey returns to SCR to direct The Caucasian Chalk Circle, following last season’s directorial stewardship of Sara Ruhl’s The Clean House. Dubbed by Vogue magazine a “Woman to Watch,” Whoriskey has been lauded for her astute, instinctive and visually compelling renderings of modern classics.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle creative team joining Whoriskey includes Walt Spangler (sets), Ilona Somogyi (costumes), Chris Akerlind (lights), Michael Bodeen and Rob Milburn (sound), Randy Duncan (choreography), John Glore (dramaturg) and Jamie A. Tucker (stage manager). Mary Beth Adderley, Richard Wright and Elizabeth Adderley are Honorary Producers. KUSC 91.5 FM and Dawn magazine are the Media Partner.
In addition to The Clean House, Kate Whoriskey directed the world premiere of Intimate Apparel and the Greek tragedy Antigone at SCR. Other credits include The Tempest at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC; Fabulation at Playwrights Horizons; Heartbreak House and the world premiere of Drowning Crow at The Goodman Theatre; The Master Builder at American Repertory Theatre; Lady from the Sea at Intiman Theatre and Desire Under the Elms at Perseverance Theatre. Upcoming projects include the world premiere of Jose Rivera’s Massacre: Sing to Your Children at LAByrinth Theater Compnay. Ms. Whoriskey is a graduate of NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and ART’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. A recipient of an NEA/TCG Director’s Fellowship, she has also served as a visiting professor at UC Davis.