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A SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Full-Length Play, Drama
14w, 39m, 4any gender (adult)
Translated by James and Tania Stern with W. H. Auden
Written when Brecht was living in exile in the United States
during World War II, THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE is one of his most
frequently performed plays. For the story, Brecht borrowed from an
ancient Chinese tale -- echoed in the biblical account of the
judgment of King Solomon -- in which two women claim the same
child, but he subverted it into a parable advocating the idea that
resources should go to those best able to make use of them. Thanks
to the rascally judge Azdak, natural -- though not biological --
justice is rendered, and the peasant Grusha, rather than the
mother, gets to keep the child she loves.
Plus Chorus and extras
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