MBU Theatre selected to perform at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

MBU Theatre performs Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” outside on The Quad of MBU’s West County Campus.

MBU Theatre’s “Caucasian Chalk Circle” is one of seven productions selected to perform at the 50th Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Region Five conference in Des Moines, Iowa from Jan. 21-27, 2018. For this honor, 90 schools applied to have a show featured but only seven shows were chosen.

“The Caucasian Chalk Circle” tells a new take of King Solomon and the child claimed by and fought over by two separate mothers. Bertolt Brecht’s play was performed in last fall in a special outdoor performance on The Quad at MBU’s main campus.

“I cannot even begin to give enough credit to this talented cast and crew,” said Kasey Cox, MBU instructor of communications and theatre and director of “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” “We had students composing music and drawing every scene and prop on chalkboards throughout the show. This is an honor well-earned by the students.”

Ensemble members Rachel Yarbrough, Jetty Wallace and Cameron Tyler were also nominated for the regional Irene Ryan scholarship award. Also in the production ensemble are Lindsey Peters, Sarah Ratcliff, Tyler Gruen, Matthew Riordan, Daniel Dilworth, Harrison Heinrich and Nick Cook. Rebekah Side served as Assistant Director for the production and Alle Head as the Side Stage Manager.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival began in 1969 by founding chairman Roger L. Stevens. The national theater program involves more than 20,000 students in eight geographic regions across the nation from college and universities annually to encourage and celebrated the most diverse work produced on campuses.