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The Wandering Fools' production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle was selected to perform at the International Experimental Theatre Festival in Shanghai, China!
Elizabeth Evans
New York, New York
United States
9 Team Members



"Not all those who wander are lost" - J.R.R. Tolkien

"The great secret of the successful fool - that he is no fool at all."

 - Isaac Asimov, Guide to Shakespeare

"A fool is one who goes on trusting, leaving the past behind.

Adventures await her in the river of life. " - Osho

grusha through the bridge

Wait. Who are The Wandering Fools?

The Wandering Fools began in a simple black box in the basement of the Schapiro Theatre. It was there that we first began to explore Bertolt Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle, an epic tale of revolution, love, and morality. Not knowing where this would lead us, we collaborated and experimented together as an ensemble to tell a story about a young kitchenmaid and an unorthodox judge in a time of civil unrest. Our adventurous wandering with this play has led us to an invitation to perform at The Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival and share our findings with an international audience. 

reaching over the bucket bridge

And why do you Fools need money?

The festival is generously providing the venue, crew, marketing, meals and lodging for the ensemble - basically EVERYTHING - once we are in China, however we need YOUR help to raise the money for our airfare. Plane tickets to Shanghai on average cost $1000 per person and our team consists of 10 lovely wandering fools, which makes a grand total of $10,000.

 rope murder on it's way

So what's the show about?

Caucasian Chalk Circle centers around two main characters, a young kitchenmaid, Grusha and a strange county clerk turned judge, Azdak. The eternal do gooder, Grusha takes on a huge risk to save the recently beheaded governor’s infant son while Azdak contemplates and philosophizes on class, corruption, judgment, and right and wrong. What do these two seemingly different people have in common? On the surface nothing, but at their core Brecht uses them both to brilliantly cast a light on the complex and sometimes strange aspects of the human spirit. Caucasian Chalk Circle takes a close look at humanity and all of its intricacies. It takes a fair look at the positive and the negative, the strengths and the weaknesses, the just and the unjust. As an ensemble we strive to tell this intricate story with truth and simplicity, oh and some rope and buckets.

 grusha's bucket revenge

You keep using the word ENSEMBLE...

To work as an ensemble is one of the most difficult and most rewarding experiences an artist can face. Together we band as one to produce a single effect. It is incredible to watch and thrilling to experience. We learn so much from each other, about each other and how to work with each other both on and off stage. How to communicate artistically and personally becomes an art form in itself. As an ensemble we have become so synced with each other that rehearsals never seemed like work, because there was such an open dialogue between actor, director, producer, designer, and dramaturg. Many times our director would propose a question or problem and as an ensemble we delightfully and sometimes painstakingly create solutions together.

We hope that you can be our solution for Shanghai and help us if not monetarily, help us spread the word and share this Indie GO GO campaign with friends, family, strangers and theatre lovers around the world.  

a dance with light and rocks

Hailed as "a work of art" by Anne Bogart, this fresh rendering of Caucasian Chalk Circle features an ensemble of six virtuosic performers with all original music. Brecht's epic tells the story of Grusha, the peasant girl who unwittingly becomes a mother, and Azdak, the drunken fool who becomes a judge, looking deeply into the constructs of society through the art of transformation. With simple elements -- buckets, burlap, rope, and a single rock --the players transform a thousandfold, contemplating and embodying the thousand faces of humanity in times of violent turmoil. Accompanied with mandolin and concertina, the ensemble tells a stirring tale that Niky Wolcz called: "simple, deep, profound work that would have made Brecht happy...and he was rarely so."


"A fool is one who goes on trusting, leaving the past behind.

Adventures await her in the river of life. " - Osho

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  • $10USD
    The Giddy Fool

    A "thank you" on our facebook page.

    17 claimed
  • $20USD
    The Noble Fool

    Souvenir Cast Photo from the Festival in China!* + A "thank you" on our facebook page *Via email/dropbox

    17 claimed
  • $30USD
    The Singing Fool

    Original Thank You Song Video Composed by the Cast specifically for you!* + A "thank you" on our facebook page + Souvenir Cast Photo from the Festival *Via email/dropbox OR facebook

    15 claimed
  • $50USD
    The Witty Fool

    Get the Original Score composed by Andy Talen and the Ensemble!* + A Small Souvenir from China mailed to you! + A "thank you" on our facebook page + Souvenir Cast Photo from the Festival* *Via email/dropbox

    12 claimed
  • $100USD
    The Wise Fool

    DVD of the show's performance at the Festival!* + Access to weekly rehearsal footage + Exclusive behind the scenes travel footage + A "thank you" on our facebook page + Souvenir Cast Photo from the Festival* *Via email/dropbox

    18 claimed
  • $200USD
    The Drunken Fool

    Exclusive Mixology Class with Samson Kohanski!** + A "thank you" on our facebook page + Souvenir Cast Photo from the Festival* Features: + The History of Cocktailing + Classic cocktail recipes + Creating your own drinks and bitters + The tools of Mixology + Go home with your own Boston Shaker and Hawthorne Strainer *Via email/dropbox **NYC Only

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  • $500USD
    The Acting Fool

    Professional headshots by photographer Matt Dunivan!** + A "thank you" on our facebook page + Souvenir Cast Photo from the Festival* Features: + Disc Included (150 - 200 images) + 4 Retouched Photos mattydphotography.com *Via email/dropbox **NYC Only

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  • $750USD
    The Professional Fool

    The Professional Actor Package - all the essentials for your career!** + A "thank you" on our facebook page + Souvenir Cast Photo from the Festival* Features: + Headshots by Matt Dunivan + Reel Editing by Kevin Johnston (will shoot footage for your reel as well) + One Hour Career Coaching with Elizabeth Evans (Career Consultant at TVI Actor Studios) *Via email/dropbox **NYC Only

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  • $1,000USD
    The Honorary Wandering Fool

    Sponsor an actor's plane flight. Receive a personalized thank you from the actor, as many of the previous perks as you choose and our undying gratitude.

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