VENUS IN FUR, THE OTHER PLACE & More Set for Circle Theatre's 2014 Season
Circle Theatre, a professional regional theatre located in Fort Worth's Sundance Square, is proud to announce its upcoming 33rd season. The Theatre will feature one north Texas premiere and four southwest premieres in its play schedule for 2014.
Opening January 30th and running through March 8th is Venus in Fur by David Ives. A popular Broadway hit, this "hot" new comedy will be directed by Krista Scott. Ms. Scott returns to Circle after directing Exit, Pursued by a Bear, this past summer.The Other Place by Sharr White begins May 1st and closes May 24th. Steven Pounders directs this touching and compelling drama about a woman whose life is turning upside down. Mr. Pounders directed last season's A Bright New Boise. Fort Worth Weekly named A Bright New Boise - The Best Production Staged by a Local Theatre in its recent Best Of issue. Circle is proud to present the second staging of Michael Hollinger's new play Hope and Gravity. H&G will have its world premiere, this May, at City Theatre in Pittsburgh. Circle's production runs June 19th thru July 19th and will be directed by Harry Parker. Previous Circle Theatre productions of plays by Mr. Hollinger include Ghost-Writer, Incorruptible, and Opus. Bruce Graham is another favorite playwright at Circle. His play, Stella and Lou, opens August 21st and runs through September 20th. Robin Armstrong will direct. Mr. Graham's other plays produced at Circle include According to Goldman; Desperate Affection; Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree; Moon Over the Brewery; and Something Intangible. Circle Theatre's southwest premiere of Fellowship! will close the 2014 season. This musical parody of The Fellowship of the Ring was a cult hit in Los Angeles and New York. Circle's production of the show runs October 23rd - November 22. Lyle Kanouse, a veteran LA film and television actor, who is originally from Fort Worth, will direct. The following is a listing of Circle Theatre's 2014 Season:
Venus in Fur Written by David Ives
Directed by Krista Scott
January 30 - March 8
Opening Night: February 1
North Texas Premiere Circle Theatre presents the North Texas premiere of a hot new comedy that is sexy, a little dangerous, and a whole lot of fun! Venus in Fur tells the story of Thomas, a playwright/director, who is desperate to find the right actress for his adaptation of a classic novel. Vanda, an equally desperate actress, arrives out of breath and hours late for her audition. Though completely wrong for the part, she exhibits a strange command of the material. As the two work through the script, the line between play and reality merges into an increasingly hypnotic game of submission and domination. (Adult Content & Language)
The Other Place Written by Sharr White
Directed by Steven Pounders
May 1 - May 24
Opening Night: May 3
Sponsored by Circle Theatre's Board of Directors
Juliana Smithton is an intelligent and successful neurologist whose life is coming apart. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health is uncertain. In this brilliantly crafted script, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present, and the elusive truth finally surfaces. From beginning to end, The Other Place is compelling, heartbreaking, terrifying, and haunting. (Adult Language)
Hope and Gravity
Written by Michael Hollinger
Directed by Harry ParkerJune 19 - July 19
Opening Night: June 21
Just as an elevator starts and stops on random floors, nine different stories are connected by a simple twist of fate. This nonlinear play travels backward and forward in time as each character experiences the highs and lows of relationships and chance encounters. Their universal quest for life, love and happiness results in both comedy and tragedy. As the play draws to its inevitable closing, two strangers must decide whether or not to risk taking a momentous leap of faith. This new play will have its second professional staging at Circle Theatre. (Adult Language)
Stella & Lou
Written by Bruce Graham
Directed by Robin Armstrong
August 21 - September 20
Opening Night: August 23
This romantic comedy proposes that a second chance at love is still possible, even for two people with a lot of miles on them. Lou is just about to close up his bar for the night when Stella, one of his favorite regulars, walks in. The two friends are sharing their usual comfortable conversation, when Stella suddenly reveals an unexpected surprise and even more startling suggestion. As the two deal with the difficult decisions they now face, they reflect on their pasts and look ahead to the future. In Stella & Lou, playwright Bruce Graham examines "the human condition" with a kind heart and a gentle sense of humor. (Adult Language)
Fellowship! The Musical Parody of "The Fellowship of the Ring"
Written by Joel McCrary, Kelly Holden Bashar, Allen Simpson, Lisa Fredrickson, Brian Bradley, Edi Patterson, Steve Purnick, Cory Rouse, Ryan Smith, Peter Allen Vogt, and Matthew Stephen Young
Directed by Lyle Kanouse
October 23 - November 22
Opening Night: October 25
Presented in association with Kumquat Inc. and Remarkable Brass Group
Once upon a time, two visionaries in Los Angeles had a brilliant idea. The books and movies based on The Lord of the Rings were so popular...why not have a bit of fun and write a musical parody of The Fellowship Of The Ring? They shared their idea with a composer and a multi-talented cast of actors who then banded together with them to create a cult theater classic, Fellowship! Their merry little musical won numerous big awards and critics' picks and played to sold-out houses in Los Angeles and New York. Circle is proud to bring its own production of Fellowship! to the "land of cowboys and culture" for its southwest premiere.
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 2014. Prices and availability are shown below.