The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a New Vision of Bertolt Brecht's Masterpiece
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Both charming and disturbing, The Suit combines a rich musical score with remarkably simple staging as it tells the story of a husband who doles out an unusual punishment to his cheating wife: He asks that she treat her lover's abandoned suit as a guest of honor in their home. Accompanying her wherever she goes, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity. African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this surprising, sharp-witted tale set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg, in a haunting production that integrates virtuosic musicians directly into the action. Learn More
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I was surprised and delighted to see such a daring production at ACT. From the first, the visual images created by the set were striking and thought-provoking, and the actors' excellent performances were exactly in line with this vision. The singing and instrument-playing were certainly unpolished, but I found this to be appropriate to the wartime scenario, and the feeling of scrabbling together a performance with the materials at hand. Overall, I found it to be a very cohesive and excellently realized production, and quite compelling to watch.
As others have said, it's not a production for everyone, but for those desiring something out of the ordinary, I highly recommend it.
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“John Doyle is ferociously inventive.” —New York Times
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Domenique Lozano
Directed and designed by John Doyle
Original music by Nathaniel Stookey
Visionary director John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company on Broadway) returns to A.C.T. to stage a spectacular new interpretation of Brecht’s masterpiece of hope, humanity, and justice. Featuring Doyle’s signature theatricality and original music from acclaimed avant-garde composer Nathaniel Stookey (The Composer Is Dead, Junkestra), this must-see production finds an intrepid company of actors creating the play from the rubble of a war-torn society. Objects turn into set pieces, discarded articles of clothing become costumes, and shrapnel is transformed into musical instruments. In this brand-new translation, The Caucasian Chalk Circle soars with humor, romance, unexpected plot twists, and high-stakes intensity.