Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ next for players

The Peterborough Players 2022 summer season continues with ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ from Thursday July 7 to Sunday July 17 in the barn at 55 Hadley Road. All shows are at 7:30 p.m., except for the shows on Sunday July 10 and 17 which are at 4:30 p.m.

This comedy-drama from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker explores the catalyst for intimate self-discovery in humorous settings. Artistic director Tom Frey directs the piece

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. By participating in acting exercises, they discover that the real study lies in their own growth, exploration and discovery. While open, surrounded by the trappings of the studio, classroom 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 said. “In my experience, drama class was where I sometimes laughed and cried the hardest with my classmates as someone made a brilliant choice or self-revelation. However, while the action of this play takes place in a theater classroom, anyone, whether they’ve set foot in a studio or not, will see themselves in 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, national tour “A Christmas Carol”) 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 the 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, players welcome Marina Re (“Master Class” at the Coachella Valley Repertory Theater) as acting teacher Marty.

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

Special events

In addition to the post-show talkback on July 10, the Players are hosting their next Food Truck Night on July 16 from 5-7 p.m. Total Thai Food Truck will be on hand with Thai food, available for purchase. Pay-What-You-Can tickets for “Circle Mirror Transformation” will be available Friday, July 8 for anyone who needs help accessing tickets for Players productions. Customers attend this performance, along with a guest, for whatever they feel they can afford. Tickets must be reserved in advance through the box office at 603-924-7585.

Single tickets for “Circle Mirror Transformation” are on sale for $47. Barn Door Flex Passes are available throughout the summer season. Tickets can be purchased at peterboroughplayers.org or by calling the box office at 603-924-7585.