The Hangar Theatre continues its 2003 summer Mainstage lineup with the celebrated theatre classic The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Crafted by German playwright Bertolt Brecht, this musical presents an inspiring tale of revolution and sacrifice, romantic love, and courtroom tomfoolery when a peasant girl saves the infant son of a deposed dictator.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle will play at the Hangar Theatre from June 19 to July 5. Ticket prices range from $12 to $30 and are available at the Ticket Center at Clinton House at 116 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, and at Willard Straight Hall. Call (800) 842-8422 or (607) 273-4497 for tickets. Tickets may also be purchased from one hour prior to curtain time at the theatre and online at www.hangartheatre.org.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle is written by Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), the acclaimed German playwright who was also successful as a poet and ideological reformer. Known for his crafted language and epic narration, many of Brecht’s productions encourage the audience to become detached from the art of theatrical illusion and to instead think critically about the philosophical messages in each play. One of the most prominent figures in 20th century theatre, Brecht’s plays have been translated into 42 languages and sold over 70 volumes. Other prominent productions include The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and her Children, The Good Woman of Setzuan, and A Little Organum for the Theatre. He died in 1956.
Kelli Sawyer will play the part of Grusha, the peasant woman who saves the Grand Duke’s abandoned son. A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Kelli’s theatrical credits include the first national tour of South Pacific, The Summer of ’42 off Broadway, Swingtime Canteen at Actor’s Theatre Louisville, and The Little Mermaid at Walt Disney World.
Dan Calloway will appear as Simon, the war-bound soldier who promises his love to Grusha. Calloway appeared in the national tour of Phantom of the Opera, and has performed in New York in The Pirates of Penzance, Linda Eder on Broadway, and Romeo and Juliet, along with London performances of Little Women and One Touch of Venus.
Robert Ousley, who plays the role of Azdak the comedic presiding judge, boasts an array of stage credits, including national and Broadway tours of Kiss Me Kate, Showboat, Othello, 3Penny Opera, Christmas Carol, Camelot, City of Angels, Phantom of the Opera, 1776, and Man of La Mancha. Television appearances include One Life to Live, As the World Turns, and Too Good to be True. Ousley is also a published poet and novelist.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle is directed by Hangar Theatre’s Kevin Moriarty. In his third year as artistic director of the Hangar Theatre, where he has directed productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Sound of Music, Bach at Leipzig and School Tour productions of Josh Keenan Comes Out to the World, Hamlet, Schoolhouse Rock, and Romeo and Juliet. Kevin is the director of the current national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as the productions of Wit and Betrayal at Syracuse Stage; Triumph of Love at Walnut Street Theatre; Nickel and Dimed and A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep Company; and Jekyll and Hyde for Theatreworks/USA. He is the Head of Directing for the MFA program at Brown University, in a Consortium with Trinity Rep Company, where he is an associate artist. Kevin is an alumnus of the Drama League’s Summer Directors Project, the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, the University of Wisconsin, and Trinity Rep Conservatory.