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OTHER DESERT CITIES, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV & More Set for Circle Theatre's 34th Season

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Circle Theatre, a professional regional theatre located in Fort Worth's Sundance Square, is proud to announce its upcoming 34th season.

Previewing January 29th and running through March 7th is the North Texas premiere of My Name is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner. Adapted from the popular novel by Chaim Potok, this deeply insightful struggle between art and faith will kick-start Circle's 2015 season.

I and You by Lauren Gunderson begins April 30th and closes May 23rd. Krista Scott returns to direct this story about two high school kids and their unlikely bond. Mrs. Scott directed last season's Venus in Fur and the award-winning production of Exit, Pursued by a Bear, also written by Ms. Gunderson.

Circle welcomes back Alan Shorter as director for the touching, yet funny play, Mass Appeal, by Bill C. Davis. This production will run from June 18th through July 18th. Mr. Shorter most recently music-directed The Fantasticks and directed the award-winning production of Opus by Circle favorite Michael Hollinger.
Lovers and Executioners by John Strand will preview August 20th and close September 19th. Robin Armstrong returns to direct this darkly hilarious show following numerous award-winning productions she directed at Circle, including: Stella & Lou, Too Many Cooks, God of Carnage, Ghost-Writer, and See How They Run.

Circle Theatre closes its 2015 season with Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz. Circle's production of this superbly crafted play runs October 22nd - November 21st. Circle veteran Steven Pounders will direct Other Desert Cities. Mr. Pounders appeared on stage at Circle in a tour de force performance in Mistakes Were Made as Felix Artifex. He also directed the award-winning shows The Other Place and A Bright New Boise at Circle.

The following is a listing of Circle Theatre's 2015 Season:

My Name is Asher Lev
Written by Aaron Posner
Directed by Harry Parker
January 29 - March 7
Previews: January 29, 30, and 31st (matinee)
Opening Night: January 31

North Texas Premiere Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, My Name is Asher Lev, follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic up-bringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his talent threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This stirring adaptation of Chaim Potok's modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist.

I and You
Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Krista Scott
April 30 - May 23
Previews: April 30, May 1 and May 2nd (matinee)
Opening Night: May 2
North Texas Premiere

Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline's door, carrying a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's poetry and an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. When these two let down their guard and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks the much deeper mystery that brought them together.

Mass Appeal
Written by Bill C. Davis
Directed by Alan Shorter
June 18 - July 18
Previews: June 18, 19, and 20th (matinee)
Opening Night: June 20

Father Tim Farley is comfortably ensconced as priest of a prosperous Catholic congregation. His well-ordered world is disrupted by the arrival of Mark Dolson, an intense and idealistic young seminarian whom Father Farley reluctantly agrees to take under his wing. There is immediate conflict between the two, as the older man is reminded of the firebrand he once was, and the younger comes to realize that tolerance is as vital to the Christian ethic as righteousness.

Lovers and Executioners
Written by John Strand
Directed by Robin Armstrong
August 20 - September 19
Previews August 20, 21, and 22nd (matinee)
Opening Night: August 22

In this comic battle of the sexes, Bernard suspects his wife, Julie, of infidelity. With an over-reaction only possible in the realm of French farce, Bernard deposits Julie on a desert island, expecting never to see her again. She makes her way back and, disguised as a man, wreaks havoc on her husband's new life. Strand's adaptation of Montfleury's poetry into 20th-century verse is like the best farce, wild yet precise.

Other Desert Cities
Written by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Steven Pounders
October 22 - November 21
Previews: October 22, 23, 24th (matinee)
Opening Night: October 24
Fort Worth Premiere

Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history-a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. This intriguing play will have your sympathies shifting back and forth among each member of this brilliant, yet complicated family. (Adult Content and Language)
Circle Theatre's season consists of five main stage shows scheduled January through December each year.

Individual ticket prices are $20-$35 for plays and $25-$45 for musicals. Preview performance tickets are $10-$15 for plays and $15-$20 for musicals.

Circle Theatre's box office is open from Noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday, and one hour before show times. Call 817.877.3040 for further information and reservations, or visit CircleTheatre.com to buy gift cards and tickets online.

Season tickets for all five main stage productions are available, starting at $80 each. Flex tickets are available for $72 each and are valid for one admission to three shows. Gift cards (minimum of $20 each) can be applied to purchasing season tickets, flex tickets and single tickets.

Circle offers two different series for its season ticket packages. Each season ticket is valid for one admission to all five productions in 2015. Prices and availability are shown below.


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