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RASHEEDA SPEAKING, RIPCORD, APPLICATION PENDING and More Set for Circle Theatre's 2017 Season


Circle Theatre, a professional regional theatre located in Fort Worth's Sundance Square, is proud to announce its upcoming 2017 season, which features four regional premieres and a North Texas premiere.

2016 marked a monumental year for Circle. The Theatre celebrated its 35th anniversary and the passing of Co-Founder and Executive Director, Rose Pearson.

In her work, Rose often used the theatrical mantra "The show must go on," and we intend to honor her memory by continuing Circle's mission of producing innovative theatre in an intimate setting. Her husband, Bill Newberry, Co-Founder of Circle, takes over as Executive Director. The two of them oversaw Circle into the regional theatre it is today. Tim Long, who began at Circle Theatre in 1999, is the new General Manager/Producer. Kyle Montgomery, who started as an intern in 2011, will take over Tim's role as Associate Producer.

As Circle moves forward into its 36th season, we will embrace and carry on Rose's theatrical vision.

Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love)

by Aaron Posner, adapted from stories by Kurt Vonnegut

The subject of this play-as we are told at the outset-is love, pure and complicated. Adapted from three Kurt Vonnegut stories, playwright Aaron Posner sews together a seamless evening of hilarity. Down a well-worn path, hand-in-hand, take a walk with seven versatile actors as you catch a genuine glimpse into humankind's most elusive sentiment. Real folks. Real fun. Real love.
Directed by Steven Pounders
February 16 - March 11
Previews: February 16, 17, 18 (matinee)
Opening Night: February 18
North Texas Premiere
Adult language & subject matter

Rasheeda Speaking

by Joel Drake Johnson

Rasheeda Speaking, Joel Drake Johnson's psychological thriller, pits two co-workers against another, when one receives a promotion to monitor the other. Office politics, fueled by racial contention, creates a battle to control the workplace. This chilling, dark comedy blends the realities of racism, superiority, and friendship to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Directed by Krista Scott
April 27 - May 20
Previews: April 27, 28, 29 (matinee)
Opening Night: April 29
Regional Premiere
Adult language & subject matter

King o' the Moon

by Tom Dudzick

The Pazinski family returns to Circle's stage in King O' the Moon by Tom Dudzick, the second play in a trilogy inspired by the author's childhood. Circle produced Dudzick's Over the Tavern in 2005 and The Last Mass at St. Casimir's in 2007. Ten years after Over the Tavern, this sequel takes place during the rebellious '60's as Apollo 11 is on its voyage to the moon. The Pazinski's come together as their lives seem to fall apart. Prior knowledge of this working-class family is not a prerequisite to appreciate the hilarious and heartfelt end to the three part series at Circle.
Directed by Harry Parker
June 15 - July 15
Previews: June 15, 16, 17 (matinee)
Opening Night: June 17
Regional Premiere
Adult language & subject matter


by David Lindsay-Abaire

Let it be war. David Lindsay-Abaire's new high-stakes comedy, Ripcord, follows a seemingly harmless bet made between two residents of the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility. Cheerful Marilyn wants the bed next to the window, but crabby Abby wants her to move out. In a risky game of one-upmanship, this hilarious regional premiere will have you laughing, crying, and scared for everyone involved. Who will pull the cord first?
Directed by Robin Armstrong
August 17 - September 16
Previews: August 17, 18, 19 (matinee)
Opening Night: August 19
Regional Premiere
Adult language & subject matter

Application Pending

by Greg Edwards & Andy Sandberg

On the day applications are due at Edgely Prep, an elite Manhattan private school, the head of admissions is ousted in a scandal. Christine Evans, a Kindergarten assistant, is unexpectedly thrust into the job. With phones ringing off the hook, she must balance beleaguered applicants, incompetent administrators, and an army of parents who will stop at nothing to get their kids in. Written by Greg Edwards & Andy Sandberg, Application Pending explores the cutthroat world of kindergarten admissions and what it ultimately means to be a good parent.
Directed by Jennifer Engler
October 19 - November 18
Previews: October 19, 20, 21 (matinee)
Opening Night: October 21
Regional Premiere
Adult language & subject matter

Dates and titles of shows are subject to change.

2017 Season Tickets

Season Ticket Package (Pricing Per Ticket)

Series Center Side Anytime $140 $120 Thursday / Saturday Matinee $120 $100
Full Season subscriptions are valid for one person to attend each of Circle Theatre's five main stage productions. All seating is subject to availability. Make your reservations early to get the seats you prefer for each production.

Flex ticket (3 shows) $84
Flex Ticket subscriptions are valid for one person to attend any three of Circle Theatre's five main stage productions. All seating is subject to availability. Make your reservations early to get the seats you prefer for each production. Individual ticket prices are $20-$38. Preview performance tickets are $10-$15. Circle offers complimentary valet parking with validation for all evening performances.

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 to buy gift cards and tickets online.

Founded in 1981 by Rose Pearson and Bill Newberry, Circle Theatre is currently producing its 36th season of live theatre in Fort Worth, TX. Circle Theatre's mission is the advocacy of contemporary plays rarely seen in this community. Circle is committed to presenting professional, innovative theatre in an intimate setting. The Theatre is partially supported by the City of Fort Worth; the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; the Texas Commission on the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Arts. Further support comes from the Amon G. Carter Foundation; Communities Foundation of Texas; Fifth Avenue Foundation; Ann L. and Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust - Bank of America, NA; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; Shubert Foundation; Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust - Bank of America, NA; and the Virginia O'Donnell Charitable Trust.

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