Classic Stage Company's THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, Starring Christopher Lloyd, Opens Tonight Off-Broadway


Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, presents Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle featuring Christopher Lloyd (Azdak), directed by Brian Kulick (who directed Brecht's Galileo last season), and featuring new music by Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening). The show was recently extended for two additional weeks through Sunday, June 23. The official opening is tonight, May 30.

Comedic Actress Lea DeLaria will succeed Mary Testa, who has a previously scheduled conflict, as the Governor's Wife for the extension weeks. Tickets are now on sale.

The cast of The Caucasian Chalk Circle also features Jason Babinsky (The Adjutant/Ironshirt/Yussup/Nephew/Lawyer);Elizabeth A. Davis (Grusha), a Tony Award nominee last season for her performance in Once; Alex Hurt(Simon/Ironshirt/Monk/Bandit), son of actor William Hurt; Tom Riis Farrell (The Cook/Fat Prince/Corporal/Lavrenti/Shauva); andDeb Radloff (The Nurse/Peasant Woman/Aniko/Ludovica).

Scenic design for The Caucasian Chalk Circle is by Tony Straiges, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Matt Kraus. Production Stage Manager is Terri K. Kohler. The translation is by James and Tania Sternwith lyrics by W.H. Auden.

Lea DeLaria. Broadway: On the Town (Obie, Theatre World & Drama Desk nominee), The Rocky Horror Show. Off-Broadway/Regional: Prometheus Bound (ART), On the Town, Midsummer Night's Dream (McCarter Theater), As You Like It(Williamstown Theater Festival), Happy Days (Drama League Honoree), Little Fish, Cinderella (NY City Opera), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Encores! and Reprise! Li'l Abner, Boys from Syracuse (Ovation nominee) National tour: Chicago. Film: Dear Dumb Diary, Edge of Seventeen, The First Wives Club, Sgt. Bilko, Rescuing Desire, Mercury in Retrograde, Fat Rose & Squeaky, Sister Spirit. Television: "Orange is the New Black," "Californication," "One Life To Live," "The Oblongs," "Law & Order: SVU," "Friends," "Further Tales of the City," "Matlock," "Saved By The Bell: The New Class." Misc: Featured Vocalist for the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival; Four CD's on the Warner Jazz label; "Lea's Book of Rules" is in its 3rd printing with Dell Publishing.

Tickets for The Caucasian Chalk Circle are available at or by calling 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111. The Caucasian Chalk Circle will play Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7pm; Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets start at $60 for Tuesday through Thursday performances and $65 for Friday through Sundayperformances.

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