"The Caucasian Chalk Circle" 

by Bertolt Brecht


Music by Mr. Blink

Directed by Frank Bradley 

7:30 pm - October 10th-11th-16th-17th-18th

2:00 pm - October 12th - 19th 

Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine Streets

Box Office opens October 6th - Call (608) 785-8522 for reservations

Hours are 1-4:30 pm Monday - Friday and 10 am - 1 pm, Saturday

Presented by University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse Theatre Department

"An epic saga of greed and motherhood" - New York Times


Written when Brecht was living in exile in the United States during World War II, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is one of his most frequently performed plays. For the story, Brecht borrowed from an ancient Chinese tale - echoed in the biblical account of the judgement of King Solomon - in which two women both claim the same child, but he subverted it into a parable advocating the idea that resources should go to those best able to make use of them. Thanks to the rascally judge Azdak, justice is rendered.

Reviews of London Theatre version of "Caucasian Chalk Circle".


Bertolt Brecht was born in Augsburg, Bavaria, in 1898 and left Germany in 1933 when Hitler came to power. He lived in the United States for Seven Years, settling with his family in Santa Monica and New York and continuing to work on plays and films. After the war Brecht returned to Germany, where he founded the Berliner Ensemble. He died in 1956.


For more information on Bertolt Brecht:

Bertolt Brecht - Biography

The Life and Lies of Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht: Quotations

Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht: Selected reading