Christopher Lloyd Will Star in Classic Stage's Caucasian Chalk Circle With Music by Duncan Sheik
By Kenneth Jones
Film and television actor Christopher Lloyd, of "Back to the Future" and "Taxi," will star as the writer-judge Azdak in Classic Stage Company's new production of Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle. The spring 2013 production, directed by Brian Kulick, will have music by Tony Award winner Duncan Sheik.
The Off-Broadway run begins May 2 at CSC's 136 E. 13th Street. Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 2.
Artistic director Kulick directed Brecht's Galileo last season. Sheik won the Best Score Tony Award for Spring Awakening.
The play's translation is by James and Tania Stern, with lyrics by W.H. Auden. Additional casting will be announced for Caucasian Chalk Circle, the 1948 drama, featuring a play-within-a-play touching ideas of stewardship of the land, family, parenting and community.
Lloyd's roots are in the theatre. He has appeared in more than 200 plays, including New York, regional and summer stock productions. For his title role in Kaspar he won an Obie and Drama Desk Award. Lloyd starred in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Morning's at Seven, directed by Daniel Sullivan; Twelfth Night for New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park; Center Stage's Waiting for Godot; and as Dalton Trumbo in the New York production of Trumbo. In 1975, he began his film career in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." This was soon followed by a two-year run as Jim Ignatowski on the TV comedy "Taxi," for which Lloyd won two of his three Emmys. In 1992, he won the Emmy as Best Dramatic Actor for Disney's "Road to Avonlea." (He was the first actor to win for a guest appearance in a category that featured series regulars; the following year, the rules were changed to include a Guest Appearance category). His film and TV credits (more than 90) include the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead," "Eight Men Out," "Addams Family" and "Addams Family Values," BBC's "Dead Ahead: Exxon Valdez Disaster," "Dennis the Menace," "Clue," "Star Trek III," "Goin' South," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "My Favorite Martian" and the HBO adaptation of "Wit."
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