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Circle Mirror Transformation - 2009 - Off-Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More


"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

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Circle Mirror Transformation Off-Broadway Cast


by Stephi Wild - Sep 14, 2020
Melbourne Theatre Company today paid tribute to writer and director, Aidan Fennessy, who passed away on Sunday.
by - Oct 28, 2021
This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld for 10/28/2021 include new jobs for those looking to work in the theatre industry.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 20, 2021
Custom Made Theatre has announced its 23rd season and first year of residency at the historic Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St (@ Geary) in the Union Square neighborhood. 
by Stephi Wild - Oct 17, 2021
Dana H. officially opens on October 17, on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. Meet the cast and learn more about who is starring in this new play!
by Elizabeth James - 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 - Nov 4, 2021
This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld for 11/4/2021 include new jobs for those looking to work in the theatre industry.
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 3, 2021
Nylon Fusion Company will present the World Premiere of Candlelight by John Patrick Shanley (Tony and Pulitzer Prize for Doubt; Tony nominee for Outside Mullingar), directed by Lori Kee (The Waiting Room with New Perspective Theatre), November 27-December 19 at The New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St #1E, New York, NY 10014).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2021
Eagle Theatre has announced its first mainstage productions since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a “mini season” of two plays that celebrate the power of art to transform our lives.
by A.A. Cristi - 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 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 Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 12, 2021
Wright State Theatre will present the regional premier of Annie Baker’s Obie-award winning play, Circle Mirror Transformation, from November 19-December 5th (no performances Thanksgiving Weekend). The play follows four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty’s (played by Mady McCabe) six-week-long community-center drama class. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 31, 2022
The Guthrie Theater announced the cast and creative team for Kate Hamill’s world-premiere adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma, directed by Meredith McDonough. 
by Stephi Wild - May 25, 2022
The countdown to the Players' 2022 Summer Season is on, and excitement is in the air! A lineup of attention, transformation, beauty, and joy, the season of shows sizzles with newness, as well as the long-awaited return of Players’ favorite creatives and traditions.
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 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 A.A. Cristi - May 12, 2022
Call Me Elizabeth, a one-woman show about the early life of Elizabeth Taylor, will have its live world premiere in the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival, running June 7-12, at The Zephyr Theatre.
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 A.A. Cristi - 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 A.A. Cristi - Mar 28, 2022
Dark Horse Theatre Company presents the Fauquier Premiere of Obie Award winning play Circle Mirror Transformation, written by Annie Baker and directed by Allison Turkel.
by Steve Murray - Mar 28, 2022
Annie Baker said she wanted to explore her characters through artificial acting exercises in a dull, windowless little space involving excruciating silences. Through the vehicle of a 6-week Adult Creative Drama class the students become trees, inanimate objects, perform modern dance and vocalize using only the words goulash and ak-mak. Director Ciera Eis tries to add some life to this piece through the actors' movements, but the main problem are those excruciating silence and awkward moments of inaction that kill any momentum and sap the viewers' attention.
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 A.A. Cristi - Mar 24, 2022
The Lucille Lortel Awards, the preeminent honor presented exclusively to recognize Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway, have confirmed their return to a LIVE in-person celebration on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at 7:00PM at NYU Skirball. All New York University.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 24, 2022
Melbourne Theatre Company's long-awaited production of The Heartbreak Choir will open on 29 April starring William McInnes (An Ideal Husband), Maude Davey (The Newsreader), Carita Farrer Spencer (Ladies in Black), Ratidzo Mambo (Escape from Pretoria), Emily Milledge (The House of Bernarda Alba), Louise Siversen (Noises Off) and Julian Weeks (Savage Rivers).
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 Stephi Wild - Jun 29, 2022
The Players’ 2022 summer season continues with Circle Mirror Transformation. This beautiful, funny, moment-to-moment dramedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker explores the catalyst for intimate self-discovery in the most humorous of settings. Artistic Director Tom Frey directs the piece.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 27, 2022
Playwrights Horizons has extended Will Arbery’s Corsicana, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, one week, to July 17, due to popular demand. The world premiere production opened Wednesday, June 22.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 24, 2021
Playwrights Horizons has extended Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory's The KILL ONE Race, a performance-based work created and filmed at Playwrights Horizons during the pandemic, to July 31.
by Team BWW - Jun 12, 2022
Deirdre O'Connell has won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for DANA H.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 14, 2021
Playwrights Horizons today announced its 2021-22 season. The influential Off-Broadway institution returns to in-person performance after 18 months in which, under new artistic leadership, it has marked its 50th anniversary and reflected deeply on the role the theater should play in the life of its city, its country, and the world.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 28, 2022
Cotuit Center for the Arts has announced another season jam-packed with programming, Gallery exhibits, classes, fundraisers, and more. After reopening in 2021 following the 2020 lockdown, the Center came back strong and laid some exciting groundwork for 2022.
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 A.A. Cristi - Feb 9, 2022
Live, professional theatre bursts from inside the Players beloved barn stage with the 2022 Summer Season! An exciting lineup of shows full of attention, transformation, beauty, and joy. The season is the perfect combination of a return of some long-missed Players' traditions, coupled with the continued excitement of newness, change, and exploration. All with the utmost focus on the ongoing comfort and safety of all at the Players.
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 Stephi Wild - Feb 23, 2022
Custom Made Theatre Co. (Brian Katz, Executive Artistic Director) opens its 23rd season with the Obie Award Winning “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker.  Associate Artistic Director Ciera Eis will direct.
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 - Feb 15, 2022
In the two years since Eagle Theatre last presented a mainstage musical, it's become clear that there are three things audiences are ready to experience once again: the power of live music, the delight of a hilarious comedy, and really, really bad Australian accents. With their first show of 2022, XANADU, the Eagle will provide all three!
by Stephi Wild - Feb 1, 2022
Bergen County Players will present the knockout, mile-a-minute, show-within-a-show-stopping MOON OVER BUFFALO, opening on February 12.
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 Stephi Wild - Aug 17, 2021
After more than a year of outdoor, online and drive-in events, Wright State's acclaimed Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures is back with a full season of in-person productions that will have audiences celebrating the power of classic and contemporary drama, musical theatre, dance and film.
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 Stephi Wild - Apr 28, 2022
Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Longhurst and Executive Director Henny Finch today announce the full cast for the UK première of Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House, Part 2. Joining Noma Dumezweni as Nora are Patricia Allison (Emmy), Brían F. O'Byrne (Torvald), and June Watson (Anne Marie). James Macdonald's production, in a reconfigured Donmar in the round, opens on 16 June, with previews from 10 June, and runs until 6 August.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 26, 2022
Some of Melbourne's best-loved local choirs will join the upcoming season of Melbourne Theatre Company's long-awaited production of The Heartbreak Choir opening on 29 April.
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 A.A. Cristi - Apr 22, 2022
Acting is all about human connection. So is life. With CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION, a powerful and insightful early work by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker, Eagle Theatre will present a night of unforgettable theatre that skillfully proves why the ability to connect and emphasize with others is more vital than ever, through the story of five individuals whose community center theatre classes change their lives forever. CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION will run May 12-29 at the Eagle's historic downtown Hammonton venue.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 2, 2022
Previews for THE MINUTES begin tonight, April 2, 2022. The play officially opens on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). Meet the cast here!
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 Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2022
Playwrights Horizons will present Will Arbery’s Corsicana, directed by Sam Gold, June 2–July 10 (opening June 22) in the Mainstage Theater. In Corsicana, a small city in Texas, a woman with Down syndrome named Ginny and her half-brother Christopher are unmoored in the wake of their mother’s death.

Circle Mirror Transformation Frequently Asked Questions

What productions of Circle Mirror Transformation have their been?
Circle Mirror Transformation has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2009.

What awards has Circle Mirror Transformation been nominated for?
Best New American Play (Obie Awards) for Annie Baker, Directing (Obie Awards) for Sam Gold, Performance (Obie Awards) for Tracee Chimo, Performance (Obie Awards) for Reed Birney, Performance (Obie Awards) for Peter Friedman, Performance (Obie Awards) for Heidi Schreck, Performance (Obie Awards) for Deirdre O'Connell, Outstanding Lighting Design (The Lortels) for Mark BartonPerformance (Theatre World Awards) for Heidi Schreck and Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Sam Gold.

What awards has Circle Mirror Transformation won?
Best New American Play (Obie Awards) for Annie Baker, Directing (Obie Awards) for Sam Gold, Performance (Obie Awards) for Tracee Chimo, Performance (Obie Awards) for Reed Birney, Performance (Obie Awards) for Peter Friedman, Performance (Obie Awards) for Heidi Schreck Performance (Obie Awards) for Deirdre O'Connell and Outstanding Lighting Design (The Lortels) for Mark Barton Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Heidi Schreck Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Sam Gold.