While Theresa is doing her bit, Schultz is hammering her with his gaze from upstage.
Um. I would really love to see a stage production of this play. Join StageAgent today and unlock amazing theatre resources and opportunities. I read this play, "Circle Mirror Transformation" by Annie Baker today, and I loved it! Circle Mirror Transformation. Circle Mirror Transformation is a play by Annie Baker, centered on drama classes at a community center in Vermont. It premiered in the UK as part of the Royal Court's Theatre Local strand of site specific productions . That the small ensemble cant actually get to ten until near the plays end marks both their failure and, at last, the ways in which they have indeed grown closer, more attune to one anothers presences and habits, their desires and frustrations. In one exercise, they act as one another and tell their life stories. Lighting Designer Weili Shi creates considerable visual drama with spots, floods, and frame illumination for the large mirrors in the set to compensate for the spare staging. All performances at the Hal Todd Theatre on the SJSU Campus. These carefully held truths, when shared, seem at once virtuous and pathetic, and set in motion the plays final bittersweet revelations. All monologues are property and copyright of their owners. , Circle Mirror Transformation was developed at the Sundance Institute in 2008, directed by Sam Gold and the New York Theatre Workshop, with additional support from the Sundance Institute Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship. Annie Baker has established herself with a naturalistic stream of plays, including the trilogy taking place in the town of Shirley, Vermont, of which this play is a member. But she persists, like the soulful artist she believes herself to be, and ends the six-week class by asking Lauren and Schultz to act out one final improvisation, in which they meet one another 10 years later and share news of their lives. Running time: Two hours . But happily for the audience, it gets to observe and enjoy the lessons, and the actors in the play do a wonderful job of making it entertaining. Its a lot more real; its often a lot more funny. The cast of characters consists of a drama teacher, a divorced carpenter, a retired actress, a shy high-schooler and the acting teachers husband. The play runs 1 hr. The exercise is meant to foster trust and good listening skills. Circle Mirror Transformation runs through Nov. 5; tickets are $12-30. During a break we meet Theresa (Jessica Link), an actress who came back home from the big city and has a tendency to fall into manipulative relationships with older men. Four of the five actors began in the same Basic Acting class during their first year at Pomona. I found myself admiring Baker's sensitivity while hungering for a bit more theatrical attack All this emerges with a good deal of subtlety through the students' enactment of each other's situations. 50 min., with no intermission. As the orchestrator of what become emotionally acute confessions, Marty is as devastated as the others at what she hears. The New York Times reviewer called the play "absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny" and wrote: "The artificiality of the acting games just emphasizes the naturalness of the characters real lives and feelings. New York, NY 10016
 Annie Baker is one of the best playwrights we have working today, and her work is treated with honor and energy by this team. Smith reads from a script and directly acknowledges and addresses the audience; Crouch's character desperately constructs a kind of stage realism, dragging on props to support his fictional world. Circle Mirror Transformation Play Writers: Annie Baker Monologues Sorry! Actions. - Circle Mirror Transformation Posted on March 29, 2022 by cordellreports Brenda Cisneros as Lauren (facing away), Alfred Muller as Schultz, Emily Keyishian as Marty, Lauren Dunagan as Theresa, David Boyll as James.