“Circle, Mirror, Transformation”
(Santa Barbara, CA) If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in an acting class, playwright Annie Baker’s award-winning, Circle Mirror Transformation is about just that – where real people explore their lives and creativity, as they gather weekly for an acting class taught at a local community center. Produced by DramaDogs, a Theater Company for two weekends only at Center Stage Theater from March 21 through March 30, the play ‘mirrors’ the outreach DramaDogs does in the local community with its body-centered acting classes. Life imitating art comes full ‘circle’ here. And yes, the people on stage will go through a ‘transformation’
Co-founder E. Bonnie Lewis agreed, “DramaDogs brings an artistic aesthetic to the performing arts community that not only entertains but offers a transparent experience of the creative process. Essential in all of our projects, is the invitation to our audiences to be inside the experience rather than simply be passively entertained.”
Set in the small fictitious town of Shirley, Vermont Circle Mirror Transformation is part of a trilogy of plays Baker penned about the quirky residents. An absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny play which traces the lives of a handful of small-town Vermont residents who gather each week for an acting class taught at the local community center. The theatre “games” are funny, imaginative and sometimes absurd, but the real drama lies beneath the games—where secrets come to light in unexpected ways. By the play’s end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways.
“Circle Mirror Transformation”
*Obie Awards are the Off-Broadway annual show honors
ABOUT Drama Dogs
E. Bonnie Lewis and Ken Gilbert, the Co-Artistic Directors of DramaDogs, emerged into the Santa Barbara arts scene nearly 20 years ago with their first piece entitled Air for One - a drama in eight scenes about separateness and oneness in the lives of Siamese twins. The work was heartfelt and daring, integrating movement, live music and a parachute set. The audience response was palpable with members approaching post show and thanking us for the powerful and truthful demonstration of what it “feels like to be a twin.” That piece set the tone and the bar for our work.
DramaDogs has four core members, Ken Gilbert, E. Bonnie Lewis, Michelle Osborne and Erica Connell. As a multi-disciplinary body centered theater production company it celebrates the creative process and dedicated to present work that expresses their personal relationship to themselves, each other and the community. DD will continue to bring diverse material that provides heart-felt theatrical experiences;