Theater Bartlesville has set the stage for its last show of the season, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. The show will be directed by Theater Bartlesville’s new Artistic Director Shelby Brammer and promises to be a deep presentation for those wanting a rich theatrical experience. The 5 member principal cast was chosen from a strong field of actors and actresses and just the right mix has been achieved for a truly delightful show. The cast includes Sidney Brammer as Marty, Alan Gentges as James, Leasha Combes as Theresa, Bernie Meadows as Shultz and Havilah Goodenough as Lauren.
In the small town of Shirley, Vermont, five strangers gather at the Community Center to embark on a unique journey as participants in the free-spirited Marty's “Adult Creative Drama" class. Schultz, a somewhat lost, recently divorced carpenter, Lauren, a self-conscious high school junior, Theresa, a vibrant former actress, and Marty's quietly charming husband James, are led through a series of acting exercises ranging from the heartbreaking to the ridiculous, creating a petri dish of hilarious details and antic sadness. Winner of the 2010 OBIE Award (OFF-BROADWAY THEATER AWARDS) for Best New American Play, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION is about real people exploring their lives through tiny leaps of faith and creativity. Playwright, Annie Baker won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her play, The Flick which is currently running off-Broadway.
Shelby Brammer, last year’s director of the wildly successful Our Town, was born in Texas, the daughter of parents who worked for then Senator Lyndon Johnson. Later she became the step-daughter of a Houston Congressman. She attended a Washington DC high school, studied acting at the Washington Theatre Club, and then moved back to Texas to attend the UT Theatre Department. She moved to New York in 1976 and after working as an actress in theatre, film and TV for 14 years, (including Kramer vs. Kramer as Louise, Dustin Hoffman’s secretary, and as a regular on the ABC TV series, Breaking Away), she turned to writing, directing and producing her own plays in NYC. She then completed her MFA in Playwriting and Directing at the Playwrights Workshop and Directing Program at the University of Iowa and subsequently returned to Austin where she was the Drama Department Chair at Austin Community College for 12 years.
Theater Bartlesville’s presentation of CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION will begin April 7, 8 and 9 and will continue through the next week-end April 15, 16 and 17. All performances will be at 7:00 pm with one matinee performance on April 17 at 2:00 pm. –Friday at 312 S. Dewey from 11 to 2 or by calling 918-336-1900.