The 31st season for Fort Worth's Circle Theatre has been announced, and it looks like a strong one. The five-show line-up includes newer dramas by playwrights Matthew Lopez, Craig Wright and Circle favorite Michael Hollinger (Corruptible, Opus), as well as slightly older comedies from Kathleen Clark and Phillip King.
Here's the full scoop. Descriptions courtesy of Circle Theatre.
Secrets of a Soccer Mom
Written by Kathleen Clark
January 26 – February 25
This engaging comedy features three women who reluctantly take the field in a "mothers vs. sons" soccer game. The plan is to let the children win, but as the game unfolds, the ladies become obsessed with scoring points. In the end, they discover that true victory lies in achieving a better understanding of themselves and the changes they need to make in their lives.
The Whipping Man
Written by Matthew Lopez
March 22 – April 14
An emotional and mesmerizing drama, The Whipping Man provides powerful insight into the human condition. Set in war-ravaged Virginia, a Jewish Confederate soldier and two freed slaves face the harsh reality of post-Civil War life. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, they uncover a tangle of secrets that could cost each man his freedom. (contains strong language and a graphic scene)
Winner of the 2011 NY Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award
Mistakes Were Made
Written by Craig Wright
June 7 – July 7
We've all had stressful days at the office, but none quite like what Off-Broadway producer Felix Artifex experiences while trying to bring an epic play about the French Revolution to Broadway. This ambitious project forces him into hilarious attempts to juggle a demanding Hollywood star and his agent, an uncompromising playwright, an uncommunicative ex-wife, and urgent business problems involving a truck load of sheep in a war-torn country.
See How They Run
Written by Philip King
August 9 – September 8
Before there was Noises Off, there was See How They Run, which proves the British know what they are doing when it comes to creating door-slamming hilarity. King's whirlwind of a comedy is set during World War II, in the living room of a vicarage in the fictitious village of Merton-cum-Middlewick. Prepare to be out of breath from laughter as mistaken identities and ludicrous situations run wild in this irrepressible English farce.
Written by Michael Hollinger
October 11 – November 10
When novelist Franklin Woolsey dies mid-sentence, his final novel continues to be written through his ever-faithful secretary, Myra. Attacked by skeptics, the press and Woolsey's jealous widow, Myra sets out to prove she is more than just an artful forger. Is she trying to steal Woolsey's legacy, or might she truly possess a gift the world can't understand?
Winner of a 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award
For more information and subscription prices, contact Circle at 817-877-3040 or visit www.circletheatre.com.