Two groups of peasants want to claim a valley that was abandoned during WW II when the Germans invaded. One group used to live in the valley and herded goats there. The other group is from a neighboring valley and hopes to plant fruit trees. A Delegate has been sent to arbitrate the dispute. The fruit growers explain that they have elaborate plans to irrigate the valley and produce a tremendous amount of food. The goat-herders claim the land based on the fact that they have always lived there.
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Oct 20, Czarny Pies rated it liked it Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a light night at the theatre Recommended to Czarny by: Everyone. Brecht was idolized in the s and and s.
Shelves: german-lit Bertolt Brecht considered himself to be a great author which is not terribly surprising as most people are at least partially self-delusion. In fact Brecht had a wicked sense of humour and a great instincts on how to use the space on the stage to best effect. As a result he produced a number of highly entertaining plays that had audiences laughing in the Bertolt Brecht considered himself to be a great author which is not terribly surprising as most people are at least partially self-delusion.
As a result he produced a number of highly entertaining plays that had audiences laughing in the four corners of the world. The Caucasian Chalk Circle is an amusing fairy tale set in the Georgian Caucasus about the judgements rendered by the village idiot that an invading army has installed as a magistrate as a joke. Not too surprisingly the village idiot proves to an excellent judge during his very short term. If properly staged, the Caucasian Chalk Circle is extremely funny and offers a great evening at the theatre.
You might want to consider taking in a performance if the opportunity ever presents itself.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle Summary
It never quite made it there, but was instead premiered by students at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in Unfortunately, she and Brecht quarreled and parted company forever before the play was produced. The play was initially translated by Eric Bentley. The first edition of The Caucasian Chalk Circle was mostly true to the German text with the only serious omission being that of the Prologue.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle Study Guide
Caucasian Chalk Circle Introduction The parable that opens the play sets the structure. The entire prologue is absolutely communist in its message. Any capitalist society would argue that land belongs to those who own it but Brecht stresses on the fact that it should go to those who can use it in a better way. Prologue The play opens with a scene in which two groups goat breeding kolchos and fruit growing kolchos fight over a piece of land. An expert comes from the capital in order to resolve their fight.