Circus Flora, St. Louis's one-month-only summer circus will be bringing the game of chess to life this June. "The Pawn" will be presented under the big top May 29 through June 22 in partnership with the World Chess Hall of Fame, and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
The one-ring circus, located next to Powell Hall in Grand Center, will draw on the history of chess in this all-new production. This mythic tale is steeped in the rich sights, sounds and mystique of ancient Persia and India. The audience will journey to an exotic world where myth and intellect collide, and the stone city surrenders to the desert's ever shifting sands. Follow the Pawn on his journey through curious creatures and intrigues: knights mounted on steed, bishops zigzagging across colored squares, chess pieces flying through the air. In this world, the chess pieces do not wait to be moved. They have their own adventures to play out under the big top.
Tickets start at $12 and are on sale now by calling 314-289-4040 or visiting www.circusflora.org.