The Caucasian Chalk Circle

translation by ALISTAIR BEATON 
directed by JAMES A. WILLIAMS 


Dowling Studio 

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A message about COVID-19: In our continued effort to ensure the health and safety of all who engage with the Guthrie, THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE has been postponed. Ticket holders will be contacted in the coming weeks.


An abandoned child. Two women claiming custody. An agonizing trial that puts a judge’s wisdom to the ultimate test. Inspired by the infamous Biblical tale of King Solomon, this music-heavy parable by German playwright Bertolt Brecht engages the audience in a deep exploration of what it means to be morally good. Through vivid, amusing characters and masterful storytelling, Brecht raises complex questions about humanity, making it one of the greatest plays of the last century.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is performed by the senior class of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. It is the culmination of four years of intensive actor training paired with the expertise and creativity of M.F.A. students from the University of Minnesota’s Design and Technology program.

Ticket prices

Tickets are $17. Discounts available for University of Minnesota students, alumni and faculty (current and retired). 

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Venue info

The Caucasian Chalk Circle will take place in the Dowling Studio on Level Nine.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

Meet the class of 2020

Back row: Liam McGilligan, Arcadia German , Mark Mazzarell, Ava Saunders, Madeline Boveri, Maya Lagerstam, Danielle Troiano, Richard Rigmaiden, Dylan Flasowski, Isabella Dunsieth, Christopher Jenkins Front row: Dylan Rickard, Hailey Turiello, Garrett Hildebrandt, Brendan O’Leary, Adalberto Borroto

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The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program is rooted in four guiding principles: an expansive liberal arts education, an intensive studio training curriculum, an eclectic performing arts experience, and a dynamic partnership between the University of Minnesota and the Guthrie.

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