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THE TAMING Continues Circle Theatre's Year of the Playwright For Its 35th Anniversary Season 


The fourth show of Circle's season is The Taming, Lauren Gunderson's all female "power-play". This raucous political comedy will have both parties laughing in the aisles. Hilarity ensues when two political opposites wake up and discover themselves locked in a hotel room with a beauty queen. Following her past Circle productions of Exit, Pursued By A Bear (2013) and I and You (2015), The Taming brings to the stage the startling humor and rich roles for women that Ms. Gunderson skillfully creates.

Lauren Gunderson, Playwright, says "Circle Theatre is one of my favorite new play hubs in the country and I'm overjoyed to see one of my favorite and wildest plays yet, The Taming, on its stage. This play is spookily appropriate for this, let's be honest, rather insane election cycle. I mean who doesn't want an all-female, southern political farce with a beauty queen and a lady with no pants? Whomever you're voting for, I think you'll find something to make you do a spit-take all over the person in front of you. I hope it allows everyone a chance to laugh, learn and acknowledge that our nation is always striving to be a more perfect union, and that will take all of us and all of our differences to achieve."

Circle's production is directed by Robin Armstrong and features Lisa Fairchild* (Patricia), Lauren Ferebee (Bianca) and Liz J. Millea* (Katherine).

Circle Theatre's production team members include Megan Beddingfield* (Stage Manager), Clare Floyd DeVries (Set Design), John Leach (Lighting Design), David H.M. Lambert (Sound Design), Robin Armstrong (Costume Design) and Kyle Montgomery (Props Design).

*Member of Actors' Equity Association

The Taming is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (
The Taming will have a 15 minute intermission.
Contains adult language & subject matter

Lauren Gunderson (Playwright) is one of the most produced playwrights in America, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation's 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), The O'Neill, The Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva and more. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (Silent Sky, Bauer) and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA and lives in San Francisco.

Robin Armstrong (Director) returns to Circle Theatre after directing last season's Lovers and Executioners, for which she won a Dallas Critics' Forum Award for her incredible fight choreography. Previous directing credits at Circle include Stella & Lou; Too Many Cooks; God of Carnage; Ghost-Writer; See How They Run; Seven in One Blow; Becky's New Car and Boeing-Boeing. Robin directed Circle Theatre's critically acclaimed production of Bach at Leipzig, which garnered multiple Dallas Critics' Forum Awards for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Creative Contribution (for fight choreography and costume design), and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast. Bach at Leipzig was also cited on the "Year in Review Top Ten List" for Dallas Voice, Critical Rant and Rave, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Observer, Theater Jones, and D Magazine. Robin earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre from Louisiana State University. Robin is the costume designer for Collin College.

The Taming by Lauren Gunderson

Circle Theatre
230 W. 4th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Sundance Square Entertainment District

When: August 18 - September 17, 2016

Previews: Thursday, August 18, 7:30 pm ($15)
Friday, August 19, 8:00 pm ($20)
Saturday, August 20, 3:00 pm ($15)
Opening Night
Saturday, August 20, 8:00 pm ($38)

School Night
Friday, August 26, 8:00 pm ($5 students - $10 faculty & staff)

Regular Shows
Thursday at 7:30 pm ($25 - $33)
Fridays at 8:00 pm ($30 - $38)
Saturdays at 3:00 pm ($25 - $33)
Saturdays at 8:00 pm ($30 - $38)
Tickets: Make reservations online at,, by calling 817.877.3040, or at the Circle Theatre Box Office, 230 West Fourth Street between Houston and Throckmorton, in downtown Fort Worth. Senior, Student, Military, KERA, Press Pass, S.T.A.G.E., and Group discounts are available. Half-price tickets for students are sold 30 minutes before show time, subject to availability. Complimentary valet parking is available for all performances. Patrons with special needs should contact our box office

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