In Cornell’s own Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, three daring fall productions await.
Starting Sept. 21 in Kiplinger Theatre, Beth Milles brings to us Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a parable about kindness, value and the difficulty of assigning justice in chaotic times.
In the Black Box theater, the venomous and savage comedy Bad Jews is opening on Nov. 2. Playwright Joshua Harmon twists the classic Jewish family comedy in crucial ways, setting the stage in a parent-bought Upper West Side apartment with three cousins fighting over religion, morality and of course a family heirloom.
Again playing with a time-honored formula, in Syrian playwright Mamduh Adwan’s Hamlet Wakes Up Late, Hamlet becomes a narcissistic prince who is blissfully unaware of the rise of a brutal plutocratic dictatorship. While tackling the past and present of Syria, this biting political satire also seems incredibly timely for contemporary America. Catch this audacious re-imagination of Shakespeare starting Nov. 10 in the Flex.
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