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About the play

Available 24.01.2021, 19.00–24.00 CET

 

 

The Chalk Circle’s plot is of exemplary clarity and dialectic beauty: During a revolution, a baby is passed from one mother to another. Over the course of her flight, the new mother gets into ever deeper trouble and ultimately finds herself on trial at a court of law. Times have changed once more and the child is now heir to a great fortune. But Judge Azdak is still in power: His rulings are feared by the rich and a blessing for the poor. And when the biological mother ruthlessly demands the return of her child, he re-invents Solomon’s chalk circle.

When Bertolt Brecht and his Berliner Ensemble took over the Theater am Schiffsbauerdamm in 1954, his first production there was The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Michael Thalheimer is in-house director at Berliner Ensemble.

Credits

GRUSCHE VACHNADZE Stefanie Reinsperger
SINGER Ingo Hülsmann
AZDAK, MONK Tilo Nest
SIMON CHACHAWA Nico Holonics
NATELLA ABASCHWILI, FARMER’S WIFE Sina Martens
MARO, IRONSHIRT C. P. Zichner
GRAND DUKE, FARMER, IRONSHIRT, DYING MAN Veit Schubert
ADJUNTANT, FARMER’S WIFE, LAVRENTI VACHNADZE Sascha Nathan
GEORGI ABASCHWILI, DAIRY FARMER, MOTHER-IN-LAW Peter Luppa
LIVE-MUSICIAN Kalle Kalima

DIRECTION Michael Thalheimer
COSTUME DESIGN Nehle Balkhausen
MUSIC Bert Wrede
DRAMATURGY Bernd Stegemann
LIGHTING DESIGN Ulrich Eh

Bonus material

Trailer

A virtual journey

With Stefanie Reinsperger, Michael Thalheimer, Virág Mária Márkus.