Available Light initiates its season-long Right Now Readings Series on August 20 in Studio One with a staged reading of Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, winner of the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play. The reading will feature Columbus theatre luminaries Geoffrey Nelson (founding Artistic Director of CATCO), Jeanine Thompson (Associate Professor in the OSU Department of Theatre), and Artie Isaac (local rapscallion, last seen in ConAm’s Xmas Spectacular) , along with AVLT Company Members Elena Perantoni and Acacia Duncan. The play will be directed by well-loved actor Ian Short, also known for his direction of Available Light’s productions of Our Town and To Kill a Mockingbird.
In Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, a handful of small town residents gather for a “creative drama” class. As they share life stories and confessions, their acting games blossom into a diorama of common dramas.
About the play, the NY Times says:
“Annie Baker’s play is an absolute feast. Circle Mirror Transformation is the kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word. The play 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. By the play’s end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the artificial intimacy of the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways.”
Ticket sales for Circle Mirror Transformation will support the Right Now Reading Series, which will present 8 readings of recent, forward-thinking plays at the OSU Urban Arts Space, downtown in the Historic Lazarus Building. Other than this first, fundraising event, admission for the Right Now Reading Series will always be free.