Jaclyn Backhaus

2018 for Circle Theatre

Circle's 37th season has five regional premieres, two of them by women, including a co-pro with TCU of Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale.

published Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Rebecca Gilman

Fort Worth — The 2018 season for Circle Theatre has been announced, the theater's 37th. As is standard, there are five plays, all of them regional premieres. The year includes two by women playwrights.

The season kicks off with Steven Dietz's This Random World, and then follows with a collaboration with Theatre TCU, Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale, which was the winner of the 2015 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. The rest of the season has Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe's Every Brilliant Thing, Israel Horovitz's Out of the Mouth of Babes, and Jaclyn Backhaus' Men on Boats.

Below is the season with show descriptions, dates and subscription info.



This Random World

by Steven Dietz

Jan. 25 - Feb. 24, 2018

Previews: Jan. 25, 26, 27 (matinee)

Regional Premiere

Adult Language & Subject Matter 

Steven Dietz’s heartwarming comedy, This Random World, kicks off Circle Theatre’s 2018 season. Each character’s journey overlaps one another, be it an ailing woman who plans one final trip, a daughter planning one great escape or a son falling prey to a prank gone wrong. This funny and intimate play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own. Does serendipity bring us together or is that only a myth?


Luna Gale

by Rebecca Gilman

A Co-Production with Theatre TCU

Mar. 22 - Apr. 14, 2018

Previews: Mar. 22, 23, 24 (matinee)

Regional Premiere

Adult Language & Subject Matter 

Sometimes the right decision isn’t clear, and the clear decision isn’t right. Caroline, a veteran social worker, swears to protect baby Luna Gale, but her mission may be motivated by a hidden agenda.  Produced in association with Theatre TCU, Rebecca Gilman’s captivating and suspenseful play forces us to ask: does the end always justify the means?  


Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Jun. 14 - Jul. 14, 2018

Previews: Jun. 14, 15, 16 (matinee)

Regional Premiere

Adult Language & Subject Matter 

  1. Ice cream
  2. Water fights
  3. Staying up past your bedtime
  4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose
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Jaclyn Backhaus

Making sense of the world is often too complicated. Sometimes making a list of Every Brilliant Thing allows us to simplify our existence. Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, this theatrical experience engages the audience with laughter as the list grows longer and longer. This story reminds us to forgive often, love always, and ponder: what is on our list?


Out of the Mouths of Babes

by Israel Horovitz

Aug. 16 - Sept. 15, 2018

Previews: Aug. 16, 17, 18 (matinee)

Regional Premiere

Adult Language & Subject Matter

Four women arrive in Paris to bury the 100-year old man who loved each of them… at times variously, and at times simultaneously. For 24 hours, they share his apartment, delicious secrets, and a dead cat.  In Israel Horovitz's new comedy, Out of the Mouths of Babes, can the unlikely quartet endure living one night under the same roof, even if it’s to attend his funeral?


Men on Boats

by Jaclyn Backhaus

Oct. 18 - Nov. 17, 2018

Previews: Oct. 18, 19, 20 (matinee)

Regional Premiere

Adult Language & Subject Matter 

Ten volunteers chart the course of the Colorado River in Jaclyn Backhaus’ off-the-wall comedy, Men on Boats. With a one-armed captain and a loyal crew, follow the true(ish) story of the 1869 Grand Canyon expedition. This widely acclaimed and hysterical new play closes Circle’s 37th season with a splash! Will they survive the wild rapids to change the course of history?


Individual ticket prices are $20-$38. Preview performance tickets are $15-$20. Season Tickets are on sale, starting as low as $84. Circle offers complimentary valet parking with validation for all evening performances. 
Circle Theatre's box office is open from Noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday, and one hour before show times. Call 817.877.3040 for further information and reservations, or visit to buy gift cards and tickets online.


About Circle Theatre

Founded in 1981 by Rose Pearson and Bill Newberry, Circle Theatre is currently producing its 36th season of live theatre in Fort Worth, TX. Circle Theatre's mission is the advocacy of contemporary plays rarely seen in this community. Circle is committed to presenting professional, innovative theatre in an intimate setting. The Theatre is partially supported by the City of Fort Worth; the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; the Texas Commission on the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Arts. Further support comes from the Amon G. Carter Foundation; Communities Foundation of Texas; Fifth Avenue Foundation; Ann L. and Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust - Bank of America, NA; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; Shubert Foundation; Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust - Bank of America, NA; and the Virginia O’Donnell Charitable Trust.  Thanks For Reading

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