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CONTACT: Beth L. Lorow
Messiah College's School of the Arts to present "Caucasian Chalk Circle"
GRANTHAM, Pa. (Oct. 24, 2005) — The theatre department in the School of the Arts at Messiah College will present the play, “Caucasian Chalk Circle,” on Nov. 10 to 12 and 17 to 19 at 8 p.m. in Miller Auditorium in the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center on the college’s Grantham campus. Additional performances begin at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 19. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased by calling the Messiah College ticket office at (717) 691-6036.
Directed by guest director Clair Myers, “Caucasian Chalk Circle” was written by playwright Bertolt Brecht and is a musical drama set in 1940s Europe during the aftermath of World War II. The play presents the tale of an innocent serving girl whose steadfast refusal to sacrifice an abandoned baby gives hope for a world where wickedness would seem to prevail. “Caucasian Chalk Circle” centers on the triumph of honor, courage and justice in a world of social upheaval. Megan Thibodeaux as Grusha and Adam Brock as Azadak
About the director
Clair Myers began his career as a professor of theatre at Ohio Northern University. He moved on to serve as the chair of the theatre and communications arts department at Kalamazoo College, in Kalamazoo, Mich., and the director of the drama school at Illinois Wesleyan University, in Bloomington, Ill., where he established the professional Summer Company. During Myers time at Elon University, in Elon, N.C., as the dean of arts and humanities and the vice president of planning, he instituted one of the strongest undergraduate musical theatre programs in higher education. His accomplishments are great, directing close to 150 shows. Myers has previously directed four plays by Bertolt Brecht and is very excited about Messiah College’s production of “Caucasian Chalk Circle.”
About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.
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ARTICLE DATE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2005