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CCRI Players to stage
'Circle Mirror Transformation'

Nov. 28, 2014

The cast of Circle Mirror transformation The cast of “Circle Mirror Transformation” includes (back row, from left) Jerry Middlemiss, Audrey Lavin Crawley, PJ Marchand, (front row, from left) Jeana Ariel Garcia and Victoria Ezikovich.

The CCRI Players will present "Circle Mirror Transformation," a play by Annie Baker, Dec. 5 to 7 and 12 to 14 at the Liston Campus, 1 Hilton St., Providence.

Recipient of the Obie Award for Best New American Play, "Circle Mirror Transformation" is set in the mythical small college town of Shirley, Vermont, where an unlikely group of strangers signs up for Marty's six-week community center "Adult Creative Drama" class: Schultz, a recently divorced carpenter; Lauren, a high school junior; Theresa, a former actress; and Marty's husband, James.

Ranging in age from 16 to 60, students and teacher come together and find common ground in the studio. As the group plays Marty's imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theater games, secrets and long-held, deep-seated psychoses are exposed and lives are changed forever.

One critic observed, "By the end, Baker puts us in the middle of the biggest game of all – we thoroughly know people who don't even exist." Describing it as “an absolute feast,” the New York Times review declared, “'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 CCRI production of "Circle Mirror Transformation" is directed by Associate Professor Theodore R. Clement. Set design is by Assistant Professor Luke Sutherland, costume design by Leslie Ford and Brandy Lee Silva and lighting design by guest artist Greg Mancusi-Ungaro. Justin Carroll is technical director. The assistant director is Jeff Ararat of Providence. Katie Westgate of North Providence is the stage manager, assisted by Rebecca Tremblay of Providence. The dramaturg is Clarence Bernard Donath of Richmond.

The cast includes Audrey Lavin Crawley of Pawtucket as Marty, Victoria Ezikovich of Warren as Theresa, Jeana Ariel Garcia of North Providence as Lauren, PJ Marchand of West Warwick as James and Jerry Middlemiss of Providence as Schultz.

Shows will be held at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13 and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 7 and 14. Reserved-seat tickets cost $10 for the general public and $8 for students and senior citizens. Telephone reservations may be made by calling 401-825-2219 at any time.

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