The Caucasian Chalk Circle Debuts at Mary Baldwin

September 22, 2005

In its first theatre production of the season – Mary Baldwin University presents a colorful interpretation of Bertoldt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, blending the lively traditions of Caucasus Mountain natives and the wisdom of ancient Chinese folklore October 5-9.

“College theatre has the best resources to perform this play,” Rick Seyford, guest director, remarked of the youthful exuberance that helps bring about his vision. He waited 20 years to direct the show, adding that it goes well beyond the boundaries of traditional realist drama.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle includes collaboration between James Harrington – a local musician, a member of the Staunton City School Board, and Mary Baldwin professor of education – and choreographer Irene Sarnelle, Mary Baldwin associate professor of health and physical education.

The public is invited Wednesday-Saturday, October 5-8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 at 2 p.m. at the college’s Fletcher Collins Theatre. Tickets may be purchased at the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or reserved by credit card by calling (540) 887-7189 during regular box office hours.

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