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MSU theatre arts presents ‘The Chalk Circle’

Minot State University’s Theatre Arts Program presents “The Chalk Circle” in Aleshire Theater April 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. The doors and box office will open at 7 p.m.

“The Chalk Circle” is an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” adapted and directed by Carlen Gilseth, communication arts assistant professor. Gilseth’s adaptation is the tale of Rasha, a young Syrian girl, who unwittingly becomes the target of a life-and-death pursuit after she stops to help an infant.

“My adaptation updates Brecht’s play and brings part of the action in the play to our own backyard,” Gilseth said. “North Dakota has a glut of fossil fuel, making it a cheap source of power for us. Though, perhaps, it isn’t as cheap as we want to believe when we consider the toll it takes on this planet on which we live. My adaptation also changes the location of the war to Syria, where people are still fleeing for their lives today.”       

Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” is a story which promotes Brecht’s epic theatre techniques. Through humorous scenes, the play exposes serious topics, including an assassination, child neglect and totalitarianism.

“Bertolt Brecht was continually adapting his plays during his lifetime,” Gilseth said. “He felt the world was always in a constant state of flux, so he had to be changing with it. By updating the script and placing the prologue in North Dakota, I hope the audience will give more thought to the action of the play and the meaning of Brecht’s words.”

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students under 18. Those with a current MSU ID are free. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For ticket reservations or information, call the box office at 701-858-3172.

Published: 04/08/16

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