Theatre Horizon to Present CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, 2/20-3/16
Theatre Horizon continues its season with the Philadelphia area premiere of Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation. This Obie Award winning play runs February 20-March 16. Opening night is February 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20-$35. Theatre Horizon is located at 401 DeKalb St. More information can be found at www.theatrehorizon.org or by calling 610.283.2230.
In this new work, an unlikely collection of strangers sign up for an "Adult Creative Drama" class at their local rec center run by a woman named Marty. In the class, the strangers meet. Gathering each week are a recently divorced carpenter, a high school junior, a former actress, and Marty's husband. Together, they spend a summer exploring theatre and discovering truths about themselves. The play unfolds like a charmingly funny indie film, as the group plays Marty's imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theatre games their relationships develop over the course of the season and the seemingly silly games generate some real-life drama. This work was named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2010 in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out New York. It was a 2010 Obie Award recipient for Best New American Play.
Theatre Horizon's Resident Director Matthew Decker directs Circle Mirror Transformation. He directed Theatre Horizon's smash hit Spring Awakening. Nancy Boykin appears as Marty. David Bardeen is cast as Schultz. Kim Carson plays Theresa. Emilie Krause is cast as Lauren and Bob Weick plays James.
The set of Circle Mirror Transformation is designed by Maura Roche. Maria Shaplin is designing the lights. Christopher Haig created the props. Lauren Perigard is designing the costumes. Wendy Blackburn is the Stage Manager.
Annie Baker's work has been produced in the region before. The Wilma Theater produced her award-winning Body Awareness and Theatre Exile produced The Aliens, which shared the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play with Circle Mirror Transformation. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and she has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Body Awareness was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee. The Aliens was a finalist for the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her two most recent works were an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and The Flick, which received the 2013 OBIE Award for Playwriting. She teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.