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The Caucasian Chalk Circle

(German: Der kaukasische Kreidekreis) is a play by the German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht. An example of Brecht’s epic theatre, the play is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than its wealthy natural parents.

The play was written in 1944 while Brecht was living in the United States. It was translated into English by Brecht’s friend and admirer Eric Bentley and its world premiere was a student production at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, in 1948. Its first professional production was at the Hedgerow Theatre, Philadelphia, directed by Bentley. Its German premiere by the Berliner Ensemble was on October 7, 1954, at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin.[1] The best known version of is the Georgian version of the Rustaveli State Drama Theatre by Robert Sturua; this version is also considered by many critics worldwide to be the best.[citation needed]

is one of Brecht’s most celebrated works and one of the most regularly performed ‘German’ plays.[citation needed] It reworks Brecht’s earlier short story “Der Augsburger Kreidekreis.” Both derive from the 14th century Chinese play The Chalk Circle by Li Xingdao.

Brecht, in his typical anti realist style, uses the device of a “play within a play”. The “frame” play is set in the Soviet Union around the end of the Second World War. It shows a dispute between two communes, the Collective Fruit Farm Galinsk fruit growing commune and the Collective Goat Farmers, over who is to own and manage an area of farm land after the Nazis have retreated from a village and left it abandoned. A parable has been organised by one group, an old folk tale, to be played out to cast light on the dispute. The Singer, Arkadi Tcheidse, arrives with his band of musicians, then tells the peasants the fable, which forms the main narrative, and intertwines throughout much of the play. The Singer often takes on the thoughts of characters, enhances the more dramatic scenes with stronger narration than simple dialogue, and is responsible for most scene and time changes. Often the role is accompanied by several “musicians” (which incorporate music into the play itself) that help the Singer canada goose clearance keep the play running smoothly. At the end he states that the land should go to those who will use it most productively, the fruit growers, and not those who had previous ownership.

Scene one: The Noble Child[edit]

The Singer’s story begins with Governor Georgi Abashwili and his wife Natella blatantly ignoring the citizens on the way to Easter Mass. The Singer shows us the show’s antagonist, Arsen Kazbeki, the Fat Prince. He sucks up to the pair and remarks how their new child Michael is “a governor from head to toe.” They enter the church, leaving the peasants behind. Next to be introduced canada goose coats on sale is the heroine Grusha Vashnadze, a maid to the governor’s wife. Grusha, while carrying a goose for the Easter meal, meets a soldier, Simon Shashava, who reveals canada goose uk black friday he has watched her bathe in the rivers. She storms off enraged.

The Singer continues the story as the soldier contacts two architects for the Governor’s new mansion, the Ironshirts, gestapo esque guards, turn on him. The Fat Prince has orchestrated a coup and is now in control. The Governor is quickly beheaded. Simon finds Grusha and proposes, giving her his silver cross. Grusha accepts. Simon runs off to fulfill his duty to the Governor’s wife, who has been foolishly packing clothing for the “trip”, caring nothing for the loss of her husband. She is carried off, away from the flaming city of Nuhka and inadvertently leaves her Canada Goose Jackets son, Michael, behind. Grusha is left with the boy and, after seeing the Governor’s head nailed to the church door, takes him with her to the mountains. Music is often incorporated throughout much of this scene with the aid of the Singer, musicians, and possibly Grusha, as Brecht includes actual “songs” within the text.

Scenes two and three: Flight to the Northern Mountains[edit]

The Singer opens the scene with an air of escape. At the beginning of this act Grusha is seen trying to escape but has to stop to get milk for the baby, Michael, and is forced to buy milk expensively from an old Canada Goose Outlet man who claims his goats have been taken away by the soldiers. This encounter slows her and she is followed shortly by the Ironshirts. Grusha then finds a home for Michael to stay in. Abandoning him on the doorstep, he is adopted by a peasant woman. Grusha has mixed uk canada goose outlet emotions about this, which change when she meets a perverted Corporal and Ironshirts who are looking for the child. He suspects something about her, and Grusha is forced to knock him out to save Michael. She wearily retreats to her brother’s mountain farm. Lavrenti, Grusha’s brother, fabricates a story to his jealous wife Aniko, claiming that Michael Abashwili is Grusha’s child and she is on her way to find the father’s farm.

Grusha catches scarlet fever and lives there for quite some time. Rumours spread in the village, and Lavrenti convinces Grusha to marry a dying peasant, Jussup, in order canada goose clearance sale to quell them. She reluctantly agrees. Guests arrive at the wedding canadian goose jacket funeral, including the Singer and musicians, which act as the hired musicians for the event, and gossip endlessly. It is revealed that the Canada Goose sale Grand Duke is overthrowing the princes and the civil war has finally ended, and no one can be drafted anymore. At this, the supposedly dead villager Jussup returns to “life”, and it buy canada goose jacket becomes clear he was only “ill” when the possibility of being drafted was present. Grusha https://www.expeditionparkaoutlets.ca finds herself married. For months, Grusha’s new husband tries to make her a ‘real wife’ by consummating the marriage, but she refuses.

Years pass, and Simon finds Grusha while washing clothes in the river. They have a sweet exchange before Simon jokingly asks if she has found another man. Grusha struggles to tell him she has unwillingly married, then Simon spots Michael. The following scene between the two is told predominantly by the Singer, who speaks for each of the two uk canada goose Canada Goose Outlet characters’ thoughts, and is easily the most heartbreaking part of the play. However, Ironshirts arrive carrying Michael in, and ask Grusha if she is his mother, she says that she is, and Simon leaves distraught. The Governor’s Wife wants the child back and Grusha must go to court back in Nukha. The Singer ends the act with questions about Grusha’s future, and reveals that there is another story we must learn: the story of Azdak. If an canada goose uk outlet intermission is used, this is generally where it is placed.

Scene four: The Story of the Judge[edit]

The scene opens as if a different play entirely, yet set within the same war setting, is beginning. The Singer introduces another hero named Azdak. He later realizes that he sheltered the Grand Duke himself; since he thinks the rebellion is an uprising against the government itself, he turns himself in for his “class treason”. But the rebellion isn’t a populist one in fact, the princes are trying to suppress a populist rebellion occurring as a result of their own and Azdak renounces his revolutionary ideas to keep the Ironshirts from killing him as a radical.

The Fat Prince enters, looking to secure the Ironshirts’ support in making his nephew a buy canada goose jacket cheap new judge. Azdak suggests they hold a mock trial to test him; the Fat Prince agrees. Azdak plays the accused in the trial the canada goose uk shop Grand Duke. He makes several very successful jabs against the Princes’ corruption, and amuses the Ironshirts enough that they appoint him instead of the Fat Prince’s nephew: “The judge was always a chancer; now let a chancer be the judge!”

Azdak remains himself on cheap canada goose uk the bench. He uses a large law book as a pillow to sit on. What follows is a series of short scenes, interspersed by the “song” of the Singer, in which he judges in favor of the poor, the oppressed, and good hearted bandits; in one set of cases in which all the plaintiffs and the accused are corrupt, he passes a completely nonsensical set of judgments. the Grand Duke’s own. “His Honour Azdak is now His Honour Azdak;” the wife of the beheaded governor instantly dislikes him, but decides he’ll be needed for the trial in which she’ll recover her son from Grusha. The act closes with Azdak obsequious cheap Canada Goose and afraid for his life, promising to restore Michael to the Governor’s Wife, behead Grusha, and do whatever else the Governor’s Wife wants: “It will all be arranged as you order, your Excellency. As you order.”

Scene five: The Chalk Circle[edit]

We have returned to Grusha’s story. We meet Grusha in court, supported by a former cook of the Governor and Simon Shashava, who will swear he is the father of the boy. Natella Abashvili comes in with canada goose black friday sale two lawyers, who each reassure her things will be taken care of. Azdak is beaten by Ironshirts, who are told he is an enemy of the state. A rider comes in with a proclamation, stating the Grand Duke has reappointed Azdak as judge. Azdak is cleaned up and Canada Goose Online the trial begins. The trial, however, does not begin with Grusha and the Governor’s wife, but with a very elderly married couple who wish to divorce. Azdak is unable to make a decision on this case, so he sets it aside to hear the next case on the docket.

The prosecution comes forth and liberally bribes Azdak in hopes of canada goose coats swinging the verdict. It is revealed that Natella only wants the child because all the estates and finances of the Governor are tied to her canada goose store heir and cannot be accessed without him. Grusha’s defense does not go over well, as it develops into her and Simon insulting Azdak for taking bribes. Azdak fines them for this but, after consideration, claims he can’t find the true mother. He decides that he will have to devise a test. A circle of chalk is drawn, and Michael is placed in the center. The true mother, Azdak states, will be able to pull the child from the center. If they both pull, they will tear the child in half and get half each. The test begins but (akin to the Judgment of Solomon) Grusha refuses to pull as she Canada Goose online cannot bear to hurt Michael. Azdak gives her one more chance, but again she cannot pull Michael. During this dilemma, a poignant song is Canada Goose Coats On Sale sung by the Singer as a reflection of Grusha’s thoughts toward Michael. The others onstage cannot hear this, but they feel the overwhelming emotion through Grusha. Azdak declares that Grusha is the true mother, as she loves Michael too much to be able to hurt him. The Governor’s wife is told that the estates shall fall Canada Goose Parka to the city and be made into a garden for children called “Azdak’s Garden”. Simon pays Azdak his fine. Azdak tells the old couple he shall divorce them, but “accidentally” divorces Grusha and the peasant man, leaving her free to marry Simon. Everyone dances off happily as Azdak disappears. In 1944 the production was scored by Paul Dessau. Though there is no officially published score, the show is generally played with original music and songs performed by the cast. Many composers have created unique original scores for . One score performed regularly is by American composer Mark Nichols, who based his music on traditional Georgian folk harmonies in polyphony.

Brecht made a crucial change from the Chinese play which was his source. In it, it is the child’s birth mother who lets go and wins custody of the child. Near the end of the prologue, the Singer says that this is an old story of Chinese origin, but with a modern re write.

The play is sometimes played without the prologue, and it was always played that way in the US during the McCarthy era.[citation needed] (The first US production to include the prologue was in 1965.) There is some dispute about how integral the prologue is to Brecht’s conception of the play. Some claim that he regarded it as an integral part of his play, and it was present in the earliest drafts.[2] Others claim that it was only included in later drafts.[3] However, there is agreement that he originally intended to set in the 1930s, but later updated it.

The setting of the play is clearly Georgia in the Caucasus, although it is described as “Grusinia” (a Russian variant name) in the main play. Most of the characters have Georgian (or Georgian like) names, and Tiflis and the poet Mayakovsky are mentioned in the prologue.[4] However the city where much of the action takes place, Nuka, is in modern Azerbaijan, although it was under Georgian rule for a time in the Middle Ages. There are also Iranian elements in the play, including the name of the character Azdak, who says he comes from there.[5]

Brecht did not necessarily intend his play to be a realistic portrayal of either contemporary or medieval Georgia. Even in the Soviet Union, canada goose factory sale some people found it more German than Russian or Georgian, and pointed out that it did not accurately canada goose portray the decision making procedures in Soviet agriculture.[3].

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