Theater for the New South will present Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation Nov. 8, 9 and 14-17 at South Chattanooga Recreation Center, 1151 W. 40th St. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
The second show of Theater for the New South’s third season, Circle Mirror Transformation centers around five people who come together every week for a community center drama class. Ultimately, however, each individual learns more about themselves than acting. As they experiment with fun and harmless theatre games, the audience sees an unearthing of raw emotion in quiet and not-so-quiet displays.
"Perhaps the most emotive thing about Circle Mirror Transformation is how much isn’t said,” says director Grace Holtz. “There are numerous intentional lengthy silences inserted throughout the play. Through those silences, we as audience members connect to how uncomfortable it can be to express your feelings and how potentially detrimental it can be when what you said didn't go the way you planned."
As a first-time guest director for TFNS, Ms. Holtz was drawn to Circle Mirror’s use of realism and naturalistic components. She said she felt these elements were unexplored territory for the traditionally experimental company.
"This is the perfect play for TFNS,” says Ms. Holtz. “Even though it doesn’t at first appear to be experimental, I would still say this style of theatre is rarely seen in Chattanooga. The show has experimental qualities that are so subtle that every audience member will take something away from it. Some won't know what hit them for a couple of hours."
The cast of Circle Mirror Transformation includes Dan Buck, John Hammons, Victoria Jocsing, Nina Jones and Marcia Parks, featuring the work of sound designer Madeleine Young and technical director Alex Miller-Long. Promotional photography is provided by Gentle Giant Photography and the promotional image is designed by Chris Dutton.
For more information about Theater for the New South’s Circle Mirror Transformation visit Theaterforthenewsouth.com or Facebook.com/theaterforthenewsouth. For ticket information, visit BrownPaperTickets.com.