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The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Manheim)

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  11w, 38m

Bertolt Brecht, Ralph Manheim

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Ralph Manheim

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A morality masterpiece, The Caucasian Chalk Circle powerfully demonstrates Brecht's pioneering theatrical techniques.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Manheim)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    11w, 38m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period

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Summary
A servant girl sacrifices everything to protect a child abandoned in the heat of civil war. Order restored, she 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. Who wins? 
Cast Attributes
  • Time Period 1940s / WWII
  • Setting Summer 1945
    Among the ruins of a Caucasian village, the members of two collective farms 
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 90 minutes

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Authors

Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), playwright, poet and director, was born in Augsburg, Germany in February 1898. He established himself as a playwright during the 1920s and early 1930s with plays such as Baal, Man is Man, The Threepenny Opera and The Mother. In 1933, as Hitler came ...
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Ralph Manheim

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