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Circle Mirror Transformation - 2009 - Off-Broadway

"If. I. Wanted. To. Become. An. Actress. I. Would. Just. Go. Home."

When four lost New Englanders enrolled in Marty’s community center drama class experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. Annie Baker’s new comedy is a beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.


Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes, with no intermission

Playwrights Horizons

(New York, NY)
416 West 42nd St.(between 9th & 10th Aves)

Circle Mirror Transformation Off-Broadway Cast


by Julie Musbach - Sep 26, 2019
Witness the ultimate showdown of fact vs. fiction when Moe and Jack Rouse and Randolph Wadsworth present THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT beginning Oct. 19 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. This whip-smart comedy will run through Nov. 16, with opening night on Oct. 24.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 25, 2019
Sonia Friedman Productions today announced Conor McPherson's (The Weir, Girl from the North Country) new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's masterpiece Uncle Vanya directed by Ian Rickson (Jerusalem, The Seagull) which will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 14th January 2020 with Opening Night on Thursday 23rd January 2020. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 30th September with priority booking from Wednesday 25th September.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 24, 2019
The National Theatre today announced that Bijan Sheibani's (Barber Shop Chronicles, Dance Nation) production of A Taste of Honey, the remarkable taboo-breaking 1950s play written by Shelagh Delaney when she was just 19, will transfer to the West End immediately following a nine-week UK tour. A Taste of Honey will play a limited 12-week run at Trafalgar Studios from 5 December in a co-production with Trafalgar Theatre Productions, with an opening night on Monday 9 December. Tickets will go on sale to the general public from 11 October.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Sep 19, 2019
Imelda Staunton joined the world of Downton Abbey for the upcoming feature film, out in theaters this Friday. In the film, Staunton plays Maud Bagshaw, a lady in waiting to Queen Mary.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 14, 2020
Melbourne Theatre Company today paid tribute to writer and director, Aidan Fennessy, who passed away on Sunday.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 10, 2019
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) is proud to present Circle Mirror Transformation! A collection of quirky Vermont locals enrolls in Marty's a?oeAdult Creative Dramaa?? class; including James, Marty's apprehensive husband; Theresa, a darling former actress from New York; Lauren, an awkward high school junior and Schultz, a vulnerable and recently divorced carpenter. These once-strangers begin to know each other far more intimately than expected as they traverse along with Marty's seemingly silly theater games and exercises. The group finds itself thrust into real-life love triangles, family troubles, confessions, and unexpected transformations.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 10, 2019
Jodie Prenger Stars In The National Theatre's Production Of A TASTE OF HONEY At The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, next month.
by Emily Yorgey - Oct 15, 2020
Being in a global pandemic is not fun for anyone, but the theatre industry is especially struggling right now. However, several local SWFL theatres have begun to reopen with safety precautions, and others are turning to online options for theatre entertainment this season.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 24, 2020
As the world collectively plans to close the door (and maybe throw away the key?) on 2020, Studio Theatre offers a reflection on this complicated, unexpected, and consequential moment in history with the world premiere of I Hate It Here: Stories from the End of the Old World, a Studio-commissioned audio play written and directed by Ike Holter.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2019
Following two sold out runs at the National Theatre in London, a successful run at London's Roundhouse, and a world tour, Nigerian-born playwright Inua Ellams' acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles makes its New York and BAM debut December 3-8. The sold-out sensation explores the diversity of Black male identity via the intimate community of the barber shop, where men across the African diaspora have gathered for 2 generations to discuss the world and their lives.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 21, 2019
Imelda Staunton is set to take on the iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in a new West End production of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 21, 2019
Earlier today it was reported that Olivier Award-winner Imelda Staunton will take over as Queen Elizabeth on the hit Netflix drama, The Crown.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2020
Signature Theatre has announced today that their 2021-22 Season will feature five works by five Resident Playwrights, including a production by Signature's Residency 1 playwright Anna Deavere Smith, world premiere plays from Residency 5 playwrights Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Samuel D. Hunter & a New York premiere by Dominique Morisseau.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 15, 2019
The Center for Fiction, a 200-year-old literary nonprofit that's created an immersive home for readers and writers in downtown Brooklyn, and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, will co-present Craft Talk: Annie Baker & Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who are close friends and accomplished playwrights. will dive into a conversation about realism and the fourth wall.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 13, 2019
Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), Utah's leading destination for brave, contemporary theatre, proudly presents its 11th annual children's production, the Utah premiere of PETE THE CAT. Based on the popular book series by Kimberly and James Dean, the stage musical features music by Will Aronson and book/lyrics by Sarah Hammond.
by Elliot Lanes - May 29, 2019
Today's subject David Muse is currently living his theatre life as the Artistic Director of Studio Theatre. This season marks his ninth in the position. He became only the second Artistic Director in the company's history when founder Joy Zinoman stepped down in 2010.He is currently represented as a director at Studio Theatre with The Children which is now playing through June 9th in the Metheny Theatre space.
by Julie Musbach - May 21, 2019
Second Stage Theater has announced complete casting for the Broadway production of Tracy Letts's Linda Vista. Directed by Dexter Bullard, the production will feature Ian Barford (Wheeler), Sally Murphy (Margaret), Caroline Neff (Anita), Chantal Thuy (Minnie), Jim True-frost (Paul), Cora Vander Broek (Jules) and Troy West (Michael).
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 21, 2019
For its final production of the 2018-2019 season, the University of Washington School of Drama will present Annie Baker's Body Awareness, June 5 - 9, 2019 in the Jones Playhouse. The production is jointly directed by first-year MFA directors Andrew Coopman and Kristie Post Wallace in their UW Drama mainstage debuts.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 20, 2021
The Theatre School has reviewed and modified the curriculum of the current MFA Acting program to make the change from a three-year program to a two-year program. The faculty adapted the curriculum to include courses that will propel graduates into the ever-changing entertainment industry.
by Julie Musbach - May 20, 2019
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Artistic Director Blake Robison announced today the appointment of Karen Zacarias and Nicole A. Watson as new Associate Artists for the theatre. They will join Wendy C. Goldberg on the Playhouse artistic team, working closely with Robison on season planning, new play development and community engagement.
by Stephi Wild - May 16, 2019
Casting has been announced for Actually, the European premiere of Anna Ziegler's first play in London since Photograph 51.
by Nicole Rosky - May 15, 2021
Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, May 15-16, 2021.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2021
The KILL ONE Race treats the Mainstage Theater as the setting for a morbid reality competition show: over the course of seven days replete with ice-breakers, speed dates, confessionals, sacred rituals, murder plots, and copious dancing, seven contestants compete to be proven the most ethical—and earn the singular prize of death. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 11, 2021
Playwrights Horizons will continue their new Public Art Series with Jess X. Snow’s In the Future…, a film installation that engages passersby in envisioning a safe future for Asian American communities.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 4, 2020
Dark Horse Theatre Company will stage a black box production of Annie Baker's 'Circle Mirror Transformation', the story of five strangers in a small town in Vermont who embark on a unique journey through a community center drama class.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 3, 2020
The cast is set for Pulitzer-winning playwright Annie Baker's sharp new comedy, a?oeThe Antipodes,a?? at the Mark Taper Forum March 25 through April 26, 2020. Directed by Machel Ross based on Lila Neugebauer's original direction of the world premiere at Signature Theatre, leads the Center Theatre Group production opens April 1. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 26, 2021
Play-PerView has raised almost $350,000 to date in support of arts organizations and other charities across the country through 45 major live-streamed events and additional auxiliary programming. Today, on the occasion of the company’s first anniversary, Play-PerView has announced programming and casting for upcoming events through May 15th.
by Julie Musbach - Mar 26, 2019
Huntington Theatre Company Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso announce the lineup of their 2019-2020 season, featuring three world premieres, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a classic Tony Award-winning comedy by one of the world's most celebrated playwrights, and two adaptations of powerful literary works. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 3, 2021
Playwrights Horizons will present a 50th Anniversary Virtual Gala, June 23 at 8pm. This virtual event honors the organization’s storied past and fundraises for the vast potential of what’s to come.
by Gina Zenyuch - Jun 3, 2019
Alliance Repertory Theatre Company presents 'Circle Mirror Transformation.'
by Julie Musbach - Jul 30, 2019
Ronete Levenson, Zoe Van Tieghem and Meghann Garmany in Moses on August 16th, 17th and 18th
by Tori Hartshorn - Jul 2, 2019
Sundance Institute's 2019 Theatre Lab convenes Monday, July 8; the Institute announced this year's participating acting company and creative advisors today.
by Julie Musbach - Jul 18, 2019
In our age of fake news, victim shaming and #metoo; and hot on the heels of recent documentaries It Happened One Night (Louis Theroux/ BBC) and Sex on Trial (Channel 4), Actually is an urgent exploration into our need for an absolute truth when faced with opposing versions; can we ever truly know what happened between two people behind closed doors?
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 9, 2020
Imelda Staunton is set to take on the iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in a new West End production of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jan 31, 2020
Imelda Staunton is to set play Queen Elizabeth in the fifth and final season of The Crown, according to Variety.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 22, 2020
The Santa Paula Theater Center kicks off their 35th season with Lauren Gunderson's comedy drama THE REVOLUTIONISTS from February 7 through March 15, 2020 on the Main Stage of the Santa Paula Theater, 125 South 7th Street (corner of Main and 7th) in downtown Santa Paula.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 20, 2020
LOVE2 THEATRE COMPANY with impel theatre present their production of 'Watching Glory Die,' written by celebrated Canadian playwright Judith Thompson (Crackwalker; Lion in the Streets; Perfect Pie).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 11, 2021
Playwrights Horizons today announced a new rotating public art series to be displayed on the front of the company’s 42nd Street building, beginning on January 19, 2021, with new work by street and subway artist Jilly Ballistic.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 3, 2020
A Taste of Honey at Trafalgar Studios must end on Saturday 29 February 2020.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 25, 2020
The Minutes is officially in previews on Broadway! The cast of The Minutes includes Ian Barford, Blair Brown, Cliff Chamberlain, K. Todd Freeman, Armie Hammer, Tracy Letts, Danny McCarthy, Jessie Mueller, Sally Murphy, Austin Pendleton, Jeff Still.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 18, 2021
Playwrights Horizons is continuing their new Public Art Series—the inaugural initiative in the organization’s Lighthouse Project—with an installation of images by Ken Gonzales-Day, whose photography illuminates how difference, otherness, and identity emerge through acts of seeing.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 7, 2019
Don't miss the Utah premiere of PETE THE CAT, playing now through December 30th!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 30, 2020
Los Altos Stage Company has announced the second one-actor production in its current 3-Show Virtual Mini Season.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 3, 2019
Bijan Sheibani's (Barber Shop Chronicles, The Arrival) production of A Taste of Honey returns to the West End for the first time in 60 years this week, opening on Thursday at Trafalgar Studios. The remarkable taboo-breaking 1950s play written by Shelagh Delaney when she was just 19 will play a limited 12-week run in a co-production with Trafalgar Theatre Productions, with a press night on Monday 9 December.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 6, 2021
Playwrights Horizons is continuing their new Public Art Series with an installation of two works by Dread Scott on the theater’s 42nd Street facade (April 12-May 9). One work engages passersby in considering what a world unburdened from America’s imperialism and often-destructive exceptionalism—a world without America itself—might look like.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 29, 2019
Pinch 'N' Ouch To Present Atlanta Premiere Of THE ANTIPODES by Pulitzer Prize Winner Annie Baker.
by Elliot Lanes - Apr 23, 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic has been rough for everyone but one one of the groups of people that might be having the hardest time adjusting to a 'new normal' are students of all ages.  While there are ways to make learning fun for the younger set, high school and college students have to take things more seriously. Institutions of higher learning all over the country have gone digital and this includes The Catholic University of America (CUA) here is DC.
by Jerri Shafer - Apr 16, 2021
When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet. Performances run April 16th thru May 2nd, 2020 at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 12, 2019
Studio Theatre concludes its 40th Anniversary Season Main Series productions with the DC premiere of playwright Lucy Kirkwood's urgent and unsettling eco-thriller The Children, directed by Studio Artistic Director David Muse. Inspired in part by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear explosion in Japan, Kirkwood's disaster drama begins as an old love triangle flaring to life in the aftermath of a natural disaster and morphs into a disquieting look at the cataclysmic impact of human intervention in the natural world. The Children deepens Muse's relationship with Kirkwood's work he directed the US premiere of her Olivier Award-winning epic play Chimerica in 2015.