UW-Green Bay Theater explores life’s awkward pauses in ‘circular mirror transformation’

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theater and Dance Program will present Circular mirror transformation by Annie Baker on February 25-26 and March 3-5, 2022 at the University Theater located in Theater Hall, Green Bay Campus. In 2009, Circle Mirror Transformation received an Obie Award for Best New American Play and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

Circular mirror transformation invites audiences into Marty’s Community Center six-week drama course and the lives of four lost New Englanders enrolled in the course. As they begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart and tiny wars of epic proportions are fought and won. Circular mirror transformation is a beautifully crafted diorama in which we see, in hilarious detail and clarity, the ancient sadness of a motley quintet. Director Rebecca Stone Thornberry describes Circular mirror transformation like: “a piece about how we connect with each other and find our common humanity. It’s a fun show that will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered who they are, felt lonely or adrift, or searched for meaning in their own lives.

Left to right: Jasmine Christyne, Mickey Schommer and Paul Kobylorz rehearse a scene from Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker.

Playing the role of Marty, the free-spirited but supportive leader of the group is Jasmine Christyne from Houston, TX. Christyne shares the stage with Mickey Schommer of Green Bay, Wisconsin, who plays Teresa, a dynamic actress from the big city. McKenzie Thompson from Lakeview, MN stars as Lauren, a conscious teenager who just wants to do some real acting. The role of James is played by Paul Kobylorz of Elk Lake, Wisconsin. James is Marty’s quiet but friendly husband and a student in Marty’s class, which leads to some awkward times for both of them. Rounding out the cast is Theodore Hock from Hobart, Wisconsin as Schultz, a recently divorced and emotionally vulnerable carpenter. Together, these actors take the audience on a journey from the mundane to the profound.

In accordance with University policy, all audience members present will be required to wear a mask or face covering during the performance and at all times inside the building, UW-Green Bay Theater has developed production guidelines to comply to professional practices that allow their actors to be unmasked during stage performances. In addition to masking, social distancing seating will be available and can be requested when ordering tickets.

Tickets for Circular mirror transformation are $22 in advance for adults and $25 at the door. Seniors and students can purchase tickets for $17 in advance or $20 at the door. UW-Green Bay students are $12. Tickets can be purchased from University Ticketing Services located within the UW-Green Bay University Union. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling (920) 465-2400 or online at www.ticketstaronline.com. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening, February 25 and 26 and March 3 and 5, 2022. Patrons wishing to purchase tickets in the social distancing section can only do so through the University Box Office. Tickets for this section are not available online. Additional production information and ticket booking information is available at www.uwgb.edu/theatre.