Lauren Gunderson

2013 for Circle Theatre

Circle Theatre's new season introduces playwrights Samuel D. Hunter and Lauren Gunderson to North Texas, and has Yasmina Reza, Tom Dudzick and a Canadian farce.

published Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fort Worth's Circle Theatre ocassionally reaches back a few decades for a play selection, but typically rounds out its seasons with new material from recent years. In 2013, it goes new all the way, with the oldest title on the roster being Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, which premiered in the West End in 2008, and then had a successful Broadway run thanks to star-power casting. It also had a movie version, Carnage.

That show opens 2013 for Circle, and is a pretty bold move considering that the work just had its area premiere at Dallas Theater Center in spring 2012.

After that, it's even newer plays, several of which introduce North Texas to playwrights who have been getting buzz off-Broadway. The first is Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise (2010). Hunter is currently getting raves off-Broadway for his play The Whale.

Then there's Lauren Gunderson, whose Shakespeare-inspired title Exit, Pursued by a Bear (2011) will have its North Texas premiere in a full staging (it was given a staged reading at Kitchen Dog Theater's New Works Festival). That play is the first in her "Will to Power" trilogy; the second was Toil and Trouble. Incidentally, The Winter's Tale, the play from which that famous stage direction comes, will be big in North Texas in 2013, too. Stolen Shakespeare Company does it in February, and Shakespeare Dallas gives it a reading in January, and a full production in September.

In between those is a new comedy from Tom Dudzick, a playwright Circle returns to frequently, with Miracle on South Division Street (2011). The season ends with a new Canadian farce, Too Many Cooks (2011).


Here's the season rundown:

God of Carnage

Written by Yasmina Reza

Directed by Robin Armstrong

January 24 - February 23

Opening Night: January 26  

2009 Tony Award for Best Play

2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play

Alan and Annette invite Michael and Veronica to their home in an attempt to amicably resolve the consequences of their children’s playground altercation. It doesn’t take long before this civilized discussion spirals downhill into a savagely funny comedy of (bad) manners. Reza’s play begs the question: "How can we expect chlldren to act like grown-ups if adults cannot control their own behavior?" (Adult Language)


A Bright New Boise

Written by Samuel D. Hunter

Directed by Steven Pounders

March 21 - April 13

Opening Night: March 23

2011 Obie Award for Playwriting

A mysterious stranger, named Will, takes a job at the Hobby Lobby in Boise, Idaho in order to reconnect with his estranged son, Adam. As fellow employees begin to uncover dark secrets from his past, and his son becomes increasingly interested in why he left his church, Will  must make a choice. Can he have a normal life and a healthy relationship with his son, or should he hold onto the beliefs that give his life meaning? (Adult Language)


Miracle on South Division Street

Written by Tom Dudzick

Directed by Harry Parker

June 13 - July 13

Opening Night: June 15  

The Nowaks were always rock-solid members of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1943, Clara's father had a vision about the Virgin Mary preaching world peace. To commemorate this vision, he built a twenty-foot shrine of the Blessed Mother and erected it in front of his barbershop. Literally keeping the faith all these years, Clara has maintained the statue, despite the deterioration of their neighborhood. Now, her daughter has stopped going to mass, her son is dating a Jewish girl, and a revealed deathbed confession is unraveling the family legend with unexpectedly hilarious results.


Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Krista Scott

August 15 - September 14

Opening Night: August 17

2012 B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Comedy

Nan is fed up with her abusive husband, Kyle. She is going to make a run for it, but not until she’s duct-taped him to a recliner, covered him in honey and invited the neighborhood bear in for a snack. Inspired by a single stage direction in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, she grabs control of a bad situation, saving herself, her cat, and maybe even the world. This new play is a sharp revenge comedy by a playwright who says she always wanted to bring karaoke and William Shakespeare into their rightful artistic union. (Adult Language and Content)


Too Many Cooks

Written by Douglas E. Hughes and Marcia Kash

Directed by Robin Armstrong

October 17 - November 16

Opening Night: October 19  

The year is 1932. Irving and his daughter, Honey, are preparing for the opening of their gourmet restaurant in Niagara Falls, Canada. Their plan to feature a famous French chef turns into a recipe for disaster when he fails to appear. Things go from bad to worse when they persuade an unemployed drifter to don the chef's hat and apron at the last moment. Add lots of doors, mistaken identities, and freshly baked salmon mousse into the mix and enjoy this delightful Canadian confection.


Individual ticket prices for shows are $20-$35. Preview performance tickets are $10 - $15.

Season tickets for all five main stage productions are available, starting at $80 each. Flex tickets are available for $72 each and are valid for one admission to three shows. Gift Cards for season tickets ($120), flex tickets ($72), and single tickets ($30) are also on sale. Thanks For Reading

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