Peterborough Players presents CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION next month

The 2022 Summer Player Season continues with Circle Mirror Transformation. This beautiful, fun and instant comedy-drama from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker explores the catalyst for intimate self-discovery in the most humorous setting. Artistic director Tom Frey directs the piece. Circle Mirror Transformation opens Thursday July 7th and lasts until Sunday July 17th.

When an unlikely company of strangers come together to take a community theater class in a small Vermont town, they discover more about themselves than Stanislavski, Hagen or Meisner. As they hilariously participate in acting drills that are sure to teach them something (right?), they discover that the real study lies in their own growth, exploration, and discovery. While open, surrounded by the trappings of the studio, the powerful class exercises inspire both teacher and students to face their lives with greater courage.

“To me, it’s a quintessential Players show; unexpected, and one that makes you laugh as much as it moves you,” Frey says. “In my experience, drama class was where I laughed and sometimes cried the hardest with my classmates because someone made a brilliant choice or self-revelation. However, as the action of this play takes place in a theater classroom, anyone, whether they’ve set foot in the studio or not, will relate to these incredibly well-written characters.”

The cast includes a mix of returning Players company members, as well as some new faces. Kate Kenney (Our Town at the Players, A Christmas Carol National Tour) returns as Theresa; Philip Kershaw (Our Town at the Players, Julius Caesar at the Houston Shakespeare Festival) returns as Schultz; Douglas Rees (Arsenic and Old Lace at the Players, Our Town at Alabama Shakespeare Festival) returns as James; and Katie Shults (Beehive: The 60s Musical at the Players, Pride and Prejudice at Lost Nation Theatre) returns as Lauren. Additionally, the Players welcome Marina Re (Master Class at the Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre) as acting teacher, Marty.

Scenic design is by Emmy Boisvert, costume design is by Bethany Mullins, lighting design is by Jonathan (Jack) Stoffel, sound design is by Kevin Frazier, and prop design is by Emily Allinson. Julia Perez and Vanessa C. Hart are Actors’ Equity Stage Management.

Special events

In addition to our previously announced Post-Show Talkback on July 10, Players are hosting our next Food Truck Night on July 16! Join us between 5-7pm when Total Thai Food Truck will be on hand with amazing Thai food, available for purchase. Come early on the 16th and enjoy! Additionally, Pay-What-You-Can tickets for Circle Mirror Transformation will be available Friday, July 8 for anyone who needs help accessing tickets for player productions. We invite patrons to attend this performance, with a guest, for whatever they feel they can afford. Tickets must be reserved in advance through the box office: (603) 924-7585.

Single tickets to Circle Mirror Transformation are $47 and are on sale NOW. Flexible barn door passes available throughout the summer season. Tickets can be purchased at www.peterboroughplayers.org or by calling the box office at (603) 924-7585.

Peterborough Players is New Hampshire’s first professional regional theater. The Players is known for an annual summer season, this year with 5 mainline productions and 1 children’s show, and continues to offer the Arts on Screen series which includes screenings of renowned performances from The Met: Live in HD. The Players enriches the human experience by producing quality professional live theater, developing and training theater artists, and providing New Hampshire with a wide variety of performing arts events. Peterborough Players is sponsored in part by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, please visit Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, NH 03458 or www.peterboroughplayers.org


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