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2013-2014 TheatreWorks Season
On the Homefront

 War has become an unfortunate fact of contemporary life. While most of us, thankfully, never have to endure combat, many at home are touched in various ways by conflicts across the globe. This season's plays looks at how war—pursued with good intentions and bad—impacts the rest of us. The Caucasian Chalk Circle by German playwright Bertolt Brecht is a musical play that tells the tale of an aristocrat's servant who cares for her mistress's baby when it was abandoned during an attack. It draws from the biblical story of King Solomon, who used an unorthodox yet wise method to determine the true mother of a disputed child. Terminal Café by Jon Tuttle is set in a 1940s Southwest mining town that gets unknowingly swept up in the race to win the Second World War. Its lively humor and larger-than-life characters find their journeys irrevocably altered by the government’s demand for energy. Please join us for an intriguing and soulful season.


                                                                                    —Nancy Taylor Porter

                                                                                        IC TheatreWorks


The Caucasian Chalk Circle

by Bertolt Brecht

Directed by Nancy Taylor Porter

Brecht wrote The Caucasian Chalk Circle as an exile finding haven in America during World War II. He was concerned about how war benefits the rich, the contractors, and those who can gain power by it but often hurts the common folk. Nobility and heroism in this play are found not in the upper classes but in a servant with a good heart who does what is right at great personal peril. Will her sacrifices be rewarded? What is the meaning of family? The Caucasian Chalk Circle offers a thought-provoking answer. 

November 2, 7-10, 2013

Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m. | Sunday 2 p.m.

Sibert Theatre, McGaw Fine Arts Center

 Tickets: $7


Terminal Café

by Jon Tuttle

Directed by Aasne Daniels

Life ain't easy for the residents of San Gabriel, NM: the back-breaking work in the company coal mine barely earns enough company scrip to pay rent on the dilapidated company homes.  Folks are barely getting by.  The dawn of World War II seems a blessing.  All of a sudden demand for coal skyrockets as fuel is needed for a mysterious experiment over in nearby Los Alamos.  The whole town feels the boom, but at what cost? Loosely based on the real-life town of Madrid, NM, Terminal Café explores the price of progress with alternating humor and heartbreak.

March 22, 27-30, 2014

Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. | Sunday 2 p.m.

Sibert Theatre, McGaw Fine Arts Center

 Tickets: $7

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