John Schiappa and Laurie Metcalf in the Broadway production of Sharr White\'s <em>The Other Place</em>

2014 for Circle Theatre

Circle Theatre's new season has five regional premieres, including Venus in Fur and The Other Place, plus a parody worthy of Middle Earth.

published Monday, December 23, 2013

Photo: Joan Marcus
Hugh Dancy and Nina Arianda in the Broadway production of David Ives' Venus in Fur

Fort Worth — The 2014 season for Circle Theatre has been announced, and in typical Circle style, features five regional premieres, including the DFW premieres of two plays that were hot tickets in recent Broadway seasons: David Ives' Venus in Fur and Sharr White's The Other Place. Those are followed by two playwrights that Circle has built a strong relationship with in the past decade or so, Michael Hollinger and Bruce Graham. The season ends with a musical parody of one of the hottest properties in fantasy fiction: Fellowship: The Musical Parody of Fellowship of the Rings.

Here's the complete lineup, with dates and descriptions. For season subscriptions and more info, call 817-877-3040 or visit


Venus in Fur

Written by David Ives 

Directed by Krista Scott 

January 31 - March 8 

Opening Night: February 1  

Circle Theatre presents the North Texas premiere of a hot new comedy that is sexy, a little dangerous, and a whole lot of fun! Venus in Fur tells the story of Thomas, a playwright/director, who is desperate to find the right actress for his adaptation of a classic novel. Vanda, an equally desperate actress, arrives out of breath and hours late for her audition. Though completely wrong for the part, she exhibits a strange command of the material. As the two work through the script, the line between play and reality merges into an increasingly hypnotic game of submission and domination. (Adult Content & Language.)


The Other Place

Written by Sharr White

Directed by Steven Pounders

May 1 - May 24

Opening Night: May 3

Juliana Smithton is an intelligent and successful neurologist whose life is coming apart. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health is uncertain. In this brilliantly crafted script, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present, and the elusive truth finally surfaces. From beginning to end, The Other Place is compelling, heartbreaking, terrifying, and haunting. (Adult Language)


Hope and Gravity

Written by Michael Hollinger

Directed by Harry Parker

June 19 - July 19

Opening Night: June 21  

Just as an elevator starts and stops on random floors, nine different  stories are connected by a simple twist of fate. This non-linear play travels backward and forward in time as each character experiences the highs and lows of relationships and chance encounters. Their universal quest for life, love and happiness result in both comedy and tragedy. As the play draws to an end, two characters must decide whether or not to risk a momentous leap of faith. This new play will have its second professional staging at Circle Theatre. (Adult Language)


Stella & Lou

Written by Bruce Graham 

Directed by Robin Armstrong 

August 23 - September 20 

Opening Night: August 23

This romantic comedy proposes that a second chance at love is still possible, even for two people with a lot of miles on them. Lou is just about to close up his bar for the night when Stella, one of his favorite regulars, walks in. The two friends are sharing their usual comfortable conversation, when Stella suddenly reveals an unexpected surprise and even more startling suggestion. As the two deal with the difficult decisions they now face, they reflect on their pasts and look ahead to the future. In Stella & Lou, playwright Bruce Graham examines "the human condition" with a kind heart and a gentle sense of humor.


Fellowship! The Musical Parody of "The Fellowship of the Ring"

Written By Joel McCrary, Kelly Holden Bashar, Allen Simpson, Lisa Fredrickson, Brian Bradley, Edi Patterson, Steve Purnick, Cory Rouse, Ryan Smith, Peter Allen Vogt, and Matthew Stephen Young

Directed by Lyle Kanouse

October 23 - November 22

Opening Night: October 25

Once upon a time, two visionaries in a far-away city called Los Angeles had a brilliant idea. The books and movies based on The Lord of the Rings were so popular...why not have a bit of fun and write a musical parody of the first book in Tolkien's trilogy? They shared their idea with a composer and a multi-talented cast of actors who then banded together with them to create a cult theater classic, titled Fellowship! Their merry little musical charmed everyone around and went on to winning numerous awards, critics' picks and a series of sold-out runs at various theaters in LA. Circle is proud to bring its own production of Fellowship! to the "land of cowboys and culture" for its southwest premiere. This production is presented in association with Kumquat, Inc. and Remarkable Brass Ring.


A production of "Fellowship!"

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