The Verdict of the Drawn Circle
Written by Bertolt Brecht | Adapted by Rody Vera
Directed by Ginger Leopoldo & Louie Pascasio
In CIRCA’s 2003 production entitled “The Verdict of the Drawn Circle” for instance, the youths worked on a script based on an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s “Caucasian Chalk Circle” by one of the Philippine’s leading playwrights, Rodolfo Vera. Local playwright, Lani Montreal, added scenes which incorporated the insights, dialogues and improvisations developed by the youth participants during the workshops. It was directed by Chicago-based artist-teachers Ginger Leopoldo and Luis Pascasio while the musical direction was by jazz composer Steven James. CIRCA artist-teachers, in its Schools Outreach Programs are already actively involved in some Chicago public schools. For instance, they have conducted after-school drama workshops in collaboration with After-School-Matters and Gallery 37 in Lakeview H.S. and Clemente H.S. They are also currently providing integrated arts workshops to 3rd, 4th & 5th graders at St. Matthias-Transfiguration School. Finally, CIRCA conducts ongoing Partnerships and Community Outreach Programs with other community organizations such as the Pintig Cultural Group (a professional Filipino American theater company). In the coming years, CIRCA will be collaborating with the American Indian Center and the Pilsen YMCA. CIRCA believes that the arts can be an avenue for generating strong positive emotions that make for a life lived skillfully within the context of community. The CIRCA team brings tremendous creativity, energy and idealism to the task of making members of immigrant communities realize their hopes and dreams. CIRCA understands that immigrants have their own lives and their own difficulties, but we all share the universal desire to be happy.
- St. Scholastica HS Auditorium
Dec 5 – 6, 2003