BCP to present ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ beginning April 10

In a small town acting class, the drama and humor of everyday life takes center stage.

Beaumont Community Players’ production of “Circle Mirror Transformation,” by Annie Baker, will run for three weekends beginning April 10.

The cast rehearse a scene from “Circle Mirror Transformation,” opening April 11 at Beaumont Community Players.

The cast rehearse a scene from “Circle Mirror Transformation,” opening April 11 at Beaumont Community Players.

“Circle Mirror Transformation” explores the lives of four souls who enroll in Marty’s six-week-long, community center drama class. As the class begins to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. In this beautifully crafted play we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

The production features an ensemble comprising  Rachel Cain (Marty), Michael Mason (Schultz), Gretchen Randall (Theresa), Clifford Teasley (James) and Anselyn Joya (Lauren).

Listed among the top 10 plays of 2009 by The New Yorker, The New York Times and Time Out New York, this quirky “indie charmer” (Los Angeles Times) won the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play and received a Drama Desk nomination for best play. Charles Isherwood raved in The New York Times calling the play, “Rich, unforgettable theater. The kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word. For lovers of real acting, Ms. Baker’s play is an absolute feast.”

BCP’s production is directed by Michael Saar.

“Circle Mirror Transformation achieves what great theatre aims to do, it captures the human experience and is simultaneously engaging, funny and inspiring.  This is a real actor-driven production with beautifully written, flawed and recognizable characters,” Saar said. “The talented cast of actors are already blowing me away and I can’t wait for them to get in front of an audience.”

“Circle Mirror Transformation” is rated PG-13 for adult language.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. April 10-11, 17-18 and 23-25, and 2 p.m. April. 18.

Performances will be in the Jerry L. McMillan Studio Theatre at Beaumont Community Players’ Betty Greenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 4155 Laurel Ave. in Beaumont.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors. Student rush tickets, sold 30 minutes before showtime when seats are available, are $8.

For tickets, call 409-833-4664 or visit www.beaumontcommunityplayers.com.

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