The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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Heinemann, 1996 - Political plays, German - 106 pages
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This series of plays has been developed to support classroom teaching and to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. Brecht's play featuring a parable play staged by peasants in the Soviet Caucasus has 48 male and 19 female parts. Classroom activities are included.

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

Brilliant, but nonetheless not even remotely my cup of tea. The main characters are compelling yet two-dimensional characters. More or less purely symbolic with little of interest to me. Read full review

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Despite the content of this play, I can't help but feel romantic about this treasured little book of which we have two. On one of my first dates with my husband in 1980 we went to this play and I ... Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Bertolt Brecht was born on February 10, 1898 in Augsburg, Bavaria, and died on August 14, 1956. He was a German playwright, theatre director and Marxist. The modest house where he was born is today preserved as a Brecht Museum. Brecht formed a writing collective which became prolific and very influential. He wrote many lyrics for musicals and collaborated with Kurt Weill to create Die Dregroschenoper -- the biggest hit in 1920s Berlin. Brecht experimented with his own theater and company -- the Berliner Ensemble -- which put on his plays under his direction and which continued after his death with the assistance of his wife. Brecht aspired to create political theater, and it is difficult to evaluate his work in purely aesthetic terms. Brecht died in 1956.

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