Circle Theatre


Circle Theatre closes their 2018 season with Men on Boats

Circle Theatre - Men on Boats
Performance: October 18 - November 17, 2018
Opening Night: Saturday, October 20, 8:00 pm
By: Jaclyn Backhaus

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?

Circle's production is directed by Noah Putterman. The cast includes Jordan Desmarais as Seneca Howland/ The Bishop, Gazelle Garcia as Old Shady, Chris Herrero as Hawkins, Camille Monae as John Wesley Powell, Dana Schultes as Frank Goodman, Ellen Eberhardt as John Colton Sumner, Giovanna Grimaldo as O.G. Howland - Tsauwiat, Rachel Macknight as Hall, Nicole Neely as Bradley, and Octavia Y. Thomas as William Dunn.

Men on Boats is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Circle Theatre's production team members include Megan Beddingfield* (Stage Manager/Prop Design), Katreeva Phillips* (Assistant Stage Manager), Clare Floyd DeVries (Set Design), John Leach (Lighting Design), David H.M. Lambert (Sound Design), Amy Poe (Costume Design), and Sarah Gay (Assistant Director).

*Member of Actors' Equity Association

About the Playwright

Jaclyn Backhaus (Playwright) hails from Phoenix, Arizona. Her recent works include Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play and You On The Moors Now for Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, the podcast "People Doing Math" (Under the Radar at The Public), and the upcoming Bull's Hollow Trilogy (in development with Ars Nova). She has developed work with Playwrights Horizons, the Ice Factory Festival, (not just) 3 New Plays, The Civilians R&D Group, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Bonnaroo. She is the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Clubbed Thumb and the co-founder of Fresh Ground Pepper.

About the Director

Noah Putterman (Director) recently completed a five year tenure as the Director of Theatre for Youth at Casa MaƱana Theatre, where he directed multiple in-house and touring productions for young audiences, as well as the critically acclaimed Apprentice Program (Jekyll & Hyde, Big Fish, Children of Eden, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Sweeney Todd). Previous credits include Lyric Stage (Dallas), The Acting Company (NYC), Guthrie Theater, Alpine Theatre Project, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, and North Carolina Theatre. His original musical, Santa Claus: The Musical, receives its Midwest premiere this December at The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati.

About Circle Theatre

Founded in 1981 by Rose Pearson and Bill Newberry, Circle Theatre is currently producing its 37th season of live theatre in Fort Worth. 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; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.
To read Circle Theatre's full history visit: Circle Theatre History.


Circle Theatre Opens 2018 Season

2018 Season

Circle Theatre Opens 2019 Season

Our Town Our Town
by Thorton Wilder
Thorton Wilder's iconic drama makes a rare not-to-be-missed visit to our stage. This moving story of family, love, loss, and the importance of living in the moment is a true American classic. Directed by Matthew Gray
January 31 - March 9, 2019
Previews: January 31, February 1, 2 (matinee)
Opening Night: February 2

Office Hour Office Hour
by Julia Cho
A penetrating drama that could leap from today's headlines comes to Circle. A troubled student hides behind dark glasses and writes disturbing and provoking literature. Is he venting or really troubled? His professor is the only one willing to get close enough to understand. Will the day end in tragedy, hope...or somewhere in between?
April 18 - May 11, 2019
Previews: April 18, 19, 20 (matinee)
Opening Night: April 20
Regional Premiere
Adult language & subject matter

Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd
book by Hugh Wheeler
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd is a heart-pounding thriller set on the seedy side streets of 19th century London. Filled with diabolical humor and extraordinary music, this eight-time Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of an exiled barber's quest to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family by a lecherous judge.
Directed by Joel Ferrell
June 6 - July 13, 2019
Previews: June 6,7,8 (matinee)
Opening Night: June 8
Adult language & subject matter

A 3 D Adventure A 3D Adventure
by Matt Lyle
Matt Lyle's new play brings a witty energy to Circle's season as a small theater troupe's madcap production goes inexplicably, spectacularly off the rails. The actors find themselves cast into a strange surreal world resembling some of your most beloved films. This epic whirlwind of theater and movie magic is a raucous adventure through time, space, and extremely quotable lines.
Directed by Matthew Gray
August 15 - September 14, 2019
Previews: August 16, 17, 18 (matinee)
Opening Night: August 18
Adult language & subject matter

What We Were What We Were
by Blake Hackler
Three sisters in an East Texas town have a dark family secret. Weaving scenes from the past and present, What We Were is a story of escaping, coping, and caring, decades in the making. Can one ever truly go home again?
Directed by Christie Vela
September 26 0 October 19, 2019
Previews: September 26, 27, 28 (matinee)
Opening Night: September 28
Adult language & subject matter


Circle Theatre
230 W. Fourth Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Sundance Square Entertainment District