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Circle Theatre Presents BECKY'S NEW CAR as Season's Third Show, 7/28-8/27


Circle Theatre's 30th Anniversary Season continues with Becky's New Car, a new play by renowned playwright Steven Dietz. When Becky's New Car first premiered in 2008, Variety claimed that it "takes the audience on a smart, comic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing and regret." In 2009, it was one of six finalists for the prestigious Steinberg New Play Award given by the American Theatre Critics Association. Preview performances are Thursday, July 28; Friday, July 29; and Saturday, July 30 (matinee). The production officially opens Saturday evening, July 30, at 8:00pm, followed by a post-show party with the cast and crew.

Under the direction of Robin Armstrong, Circle Theatre's production of Becky's New Car features John S. Davies* (Walter); Lisa Fairchild* (Becky); Mark Fickert* (Joe); Stan Graner (Steve); Fritz Ketchum (Ginger); Curtis Raymond Shideler (Chris); and Meg Shideler (Kenni).

Production team members for Becky's New Car are: Sara Harris*, Stage Manager; Clare Floyd DeVries, Set Designer; Robin Armstrong, Costume Designer; David H. M. Lambert, Sound Designer; John Leach, Lighting Designer; and John Harvey, Props Designer.

Circle Theatre's Executive Director, Rose Pearson, says, "With this show, Circle Theatre not only is discovering a new play, but is also forming a delightful friendship with Charles & Benita Staadecker, the couple who commissioned the writing of Becky's New Car. The Staadeckers travel to see the opening of every production, so our cast, crew and patrons will have the chance to meet them, in person, when they come to Fort Worth for our opening. Charles Staadecker claims Circle Theatre is now part of their Becky's New Car family."

Playwright Steven Dietz introduces us to Becky Foster, a normal kind of gal who is married, middle-aged and a mom. She isn't exactly unhappy, but from her desk at a car dealership, she can't help wanting to know what else is out there. Unexpected plot twists and turns make this quirky comedy a journey worth remembering. (Adult Content due to subject matter)

Becky's New Car was commissioned and originally produced by ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington, and was part of the New Works for American Theatre in honor of Benita Staadecker. Kurt Beattie, Artistic Director; Susan Trapnell, Managing Director.

Approximate running time for the show is 2 hours, including intermission.

Friday, August 19th, is "University Night" at Circle Theatre. Student tickets will be available for $5. Faculty and staff tickets are $10. "University Night" tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance reservations are strongly suggested. Use the code UNIV to qualify for this offer when purchasing tickets at the box office or online.

Students and Seniors (65+) receive a $5 discount on any full-priced ticket. Student Rush tickets are available for half price, at half hour before show time (on standby). Groups of 10 (or more) receive a $5 discount on each full-priced ticket.

Circle Theatre accepts the KERA Member Rewards Card, Sundance Square Inside the Square coupons and the Star-Telegram Press Pass.

Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Call 817.877.3040 or stop by Circle's box office, Tuesday through Friday, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm or one hour before show times. Circle Theatre now offers "24/7" online ticketing at



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