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Bertolt Brecht classic next up from Ellipsis Theatre

Preview April 07, 2017 Encore Staff

ANN ARBOR—A revolution, a rescue, an reckoning, a redemption. Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a classic story of the kitchen girl who adopts an abandoned baby in a time of bloodshed, never stops being relevant. Compassion or self-preservation? Safety or love? Justice or law? What impulse drives a person to put themselves in danger for another? And how far will they go to protect the beloved? This story of personal struggle mirrors and is mirrored in the political framework in which it plays out. By turns funny, haunting, incisive, and savage, this production by Ellipsis Theatre brings Brecht’s masterpiece into sharp focus in today’s world.

Performances will take place May 4 through May 21, Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets Thursdays and Sundays are pay-what-you-can; Fridays and Saturdays $20 general admission, and $15 for students and seniors. To buy tickets on line, visit this link. To reserve tickets to pay at the door, email EllipsisTheatreBoxOffice@gmail.com.

The production features Erica Dutton, Joanna Hastings, Forrest Hejkal, Steve Oliver, Lucy Price, Eddie Rothermel, Scott Screws, and Kylie Stidham, and is co-directed by Joanna Hastings and Scott Screws.

Illustration: Bertolt Brecht.

Week of 2/17/2020

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