Theatrical ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ taking place at UWGB

University of Wisconsin Theater and Dance in Green Bay

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theater and Dance will present Annie Baker’s “Circle Mirror Transformation” in seven performances at the Jean Weidner Theater at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Info: uwgb.edu/theatre.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on February 24 and 25 and March 3 and 5.

Alert: Contains coarse language.

University note: “All patrons must wear a face covering during performance and at all times while inside any building on the UW-Green Bay campus.”

The story takes place in Shirley, Vermont. Marty, a theater teacher, organizes a “creative theater for adults” course at the local community center. The people who sign up are Schultz, a recently divorced carpenter; Lauren, a reserved high school student; Teresa, a former actress; and Marty’s husband, James.

Marty takes the “students” through various acting and drama exercises. They act like trees, beds, and baseball gloves. In an exercise, they act like each other and tell their life story. As a possible romance begins, each of the band members slowly reveals themselves. In a final exercise, Lauren imagines meeting Schultz in 10 years and they tell each other what happened.

Management is Rebecca Stone Thornberry from the faculty.

The characters and actors: Marty – Jasmine Christyne; Therese – Mickey Schommer; Lauren-Mckenzie Thompson; James-Paul Kobylorz; and Schultz – Theodore Hock.

The play opened Off-Broadway in 2009 and received the Obie Award for Best New American Play.

Baker said she “wanted the audience to learn more about the characters through formal theatrical exercises. I knew I wanted there to be excruciating silences. I knew I wanted a doomed class romance. to failure that left one character embarrassed and the other heartbroken. I knew I wanted the characters to deliver monologues to each other… Eventually I realized that the fun of the play is the fact that ‘she’s confined to this drab, windowless little space.