Teatro Circulo

Todays Date: 11/26/22
Last Update: 09/08/17 04:55:02 PM

Address: 64 East 4th Street
ny, ny    10003

Phone: 212-505-1808

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ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES  | Open: 10/07/17 Close: 10/28/17
Ricochet Collective (Sherri Eden Barber, Artistic Director; Brandon Pape, Executive Director) will present the World Premiere of Harrison David Rivers’ ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES, co-conceived and directed by Sherri Eden Barber, at Teatro Circulo (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery), October 7-28 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm with additional performances on Tuesday, October 10, Wednesday, October 11 and Monday, October 23 at 7pm. Tickets ($25;$20 during previews) are available online at www.ricochetcollective.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. The performance will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.


ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES explores the true story of Terry Lynn Barton, a forestry technician, who in 2002 started the largest forest fire in Colorado history when she burned a letter from her estranged husband. Under the obsessive scrutiny of investigator Kim Jones, Terry’s actions are called into question in a desperate attempt to uncover the motive behind her crime. As we watch Terry’s relationship with her husband deteriorate over time, the clues begin to fall into place. Was the fire really an accident, or was it caused by a woman trying desperately to break free?


The cast will feature Meryl Jones Williams* (“Bull” on CBS; Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes) in the central role of Terry Lynn Barton, along with Drae Campbell* (Jess Barbagallo’s My Old Man at Dixon Place), John J. Concado* (Locusts Have No King at INTAR Theatre, directed by David Mendizábal), Mikaela Izquierdo* (Cyrano de Bergerac starring Douglas Hodge at Roundabout; Perfect Arrangement at Primary Stages), and Adam Keller (SUPER! The Musical at Midtown International Theatre Festival). The production will feature Choreography by Caitlin Bailey (Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival) and Ali Perkins (Still Life with Apples at Dixon Place), Scenic Design by Clifton Chadick (The 20th Century Way at Rattlestick; In Fields Where They Lay at The New Ohio), Costume Design by Stephanie Levin (Going to See The Kid at Merrimack Rep; Happy After Ever at 59E59), Lighting Design by Serena Wong (Gordy Crashes at IRT Theater), Original Music & Sound Design by Mark Van Hare (3/FIFTHS at 3LD; Nutcracker Rouge with Company XIV), Projection Design by Joey Moro (Orange Julius at Rattlestick), and Production Stage Manager Elizabeth Ann Goodman.* *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association. Only You Can Prevent Wildfires is an Equity Approved Showcase. 

About the Company: Ricochet Collective

RICOCHET COLLECTIVE is a newly formed collection of producers, directors, and designers who seek to provide visceral storytelling events. We believe in a communal, collaborative process that encourages artists to explore and expand the potential of live art. Finally, we are committed to creating immersive environments that engage audiences beyond the final curtain.

Previous productions include Happily After Ever (59E59, Edinburgh Fringe), Gordy Crashes (IRT Theater); Jagged Little Pill (Joe’s Pub) and Tragic Kingdom (Joe’s Pub). 

PROSPECT  | Open: 05/19/16 Close: 06/05/16
In this acclaimed, early play by renowned writer Octavio Solis (Se Llama Cristina at INTAR; Pulitzer Prize nominated Lydia at Mark Taper Forum) Scout, a computer programmer with promise of upward mobility, attracts the interest of Liza and Vince, foolhardy opportunists in a complicated relationship. Vince drags the trio home where his wife Elena remains homebound smoking pot, watching porn, and craving snow peas. A drink and drug fueled night between unlikely friends scrapes down desires, secrets, and identities to the bone.

Prospect received its West Coast Premiere at El Teatro Campesino in 1993. It has received subsequent productions at the Latino Chicago Theatre Company, The Magic Theatre in San Francisco, and the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach, CA. This will be the play’s first time on the East Coast.

About the Company: Boundless Theatre Company

BOUNDLESS THEATRE COMPANY is a designer led organization that believes that theater needs to be inquisitive and innovative. We represent the diversity of our community by collaborating with multi-ethnic and multilingual artists from all over the world. We are committed to creating productions of new and existing work that pushes the boundaries of cultural conception by reinventing stories, and by the creation of imaginative, visually mesmerizing theater.

THE 3RD ANNUAL COLLECTIVE:10 PLAY FESTIVAL  | Open: 09/29/15 Close: 10/04/15
The third annual C:10 featuring 12 original never-before-seen plays uncovered from hundreds of blind submissions as well as the WORLD PREMIERE of a new short play by award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director, Israel Horovitz (The Indian Wants The Bronx, Line). The playwrights featured in this year's C:10 are: Mark Borkowski (2014 C:10 writer), Timothy Brady (2013 C:10 writer), Bernardo Cubria, Greg DePaul (2013 C:10 writer), Thomas Dunn (2013 C:10 writer), Stephen Hancock (2014 C:10 writer), Daniel Kennedy, Kitt LaVoie, Erin Mallon (2014 C:10 writer), Sayra Player (2014 C:10 writer), and Israel Horovitz!


PROGRAM A performs
TUE, SEPT 29 @ 8pm + talkback
THU, OCT 1 @ 7pm
FRI, OCT 2 @ 7pm
SAT, OCT 3 @ 7pm
SUN, OCT 4 @ 2pm

PROGRAM B performs
WED, SEPT 30 @ 8pm + talkback
THU, OCT 1 @ 9pm
FRI, OCT 2 @ 9pm
SAT, OCT 3 @ 3pm & 9pm

PROGRAM A - the odds
Directed by Robert Z Grant, featuring Lacy Marie Meyer and Khan Baykal

BREAKING PHILIP GLASS the newest play by Israel Horovitz
Directed by Francisco Solorzano, featuring Nina Mehta and Marcus Naylor*

DEAD MONKEY by Mark Borkowski
Directed by Richard Masur, featuring Booker Garrett and Marc Menchaca

Directed by Kevin Kane, featuring Maggie Champagne* and John Norwell

RAJA by Thomas C. Dunn
Directed by Jacqueline Knapp, featuring Chris Beetem and Francis Benhamou*

SCHADENFREUDE by Timothy Brady
Directed by Brandon T. Snider, featuring Karen Chamberlain, Swann Gruen, Josh Greenwood, Brian Hotaling*, and Rock Kohli*

PROGRAM B - the evens
THE AUDIENCE by Daniel Kennedy
Directed by Kristin Wheeler, featuring Naomi Warner, Tony F. DeVito*, Marki Michelle, Rich Pecci, JB Roté, Casey Webb and Natalia Zvereva

*These actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

Directed by Malindi Fickle, featuring Swann Gruen and Lacy Marie Meyer

HUMAN LEAGUE by Sayra Player
Directed by Rebecca Brillhart, featuring Maggie Champagne* and Sayra Player*

I WOULD HAVE THAT NIGHT by Bernardo Cubria
Directed by Louis Moreno, featuring Francis Benhamou* and Rock Kohli*

NO REASON by Stephen W. Hancock
Directed by Alberto Bonilla, featuring Karen Chamberlain and Brian Hotaling*

Directed by Emma Canalese, featuring Robert Z Grant* and Mike Houston*
About the Company: The Collective NY

Modeled after the Group Theatre, The Collective NY is a theatre and film production company founded in 2007 by graduates from the William Esper Studio. Founding members include Amy Schumer. The Collective NY was actively involved in developing Seasons 1, 2 and now 3 of the Emmy-nominated Inside Amy Schumer. The company has been building its ensemble and its following among the theatre community and sharpening its mission to include “access to all” for theatre productions. The Collective NY is a not‐for‐profit company and a collective of artists committed to develop and produce original work for the stage and screen. Past productions include Someone Who'll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness, True North by Edward Allen Baker, Clayscapes by Clay McLeod Chapman, 360 by The Collective NY, Me Equals This + Happy Girl :) by Brian Leider, Warning: May Contain Nuts by Craig McNulty and the inaugural Collective:10 in 2013. For more information visit www.thecollective‐ny.org.

The Collective’s NO EMPTY SEATS initiative in which up to half the seats for every performance are made available on a free and pay-what-you-can basis. The 2014 Collective:10 and the Fall NES campaign has a goal of filling 1,000 seats which offers donors the ability to sponsor a play or entire performance night. The NO EMPTY SEATS program is made possible by the company's generous donors and patrons with the sole purpose of providing access to quality professional theatre for all. www.no-empty-seats.org.

GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES  | Open: 04/10/15 Close: 04/26/15
A dark, mystical and arresting love story by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo).  Ash Mayfair directs Priyank Rastogi and Jaz Zepatos.

Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood best friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.  Originally produced on Off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in 2011 to critical acclaim, Gruesome Playground Injuries examines the meaning of the phrase "Love Hurts" in the deepest way possible. 

About the Company: F.I.T.R. Productions

Founded in 2012, F.I.T.R. Productions stands for Fiction Is Turning Real, a company run by artists; for artists. We value true ambitions and honest dreams. If you believe in your dream, we believe in you, and we will work with you and make every possible effort to turn that dream into reality.

TURNING THE GLASS AROUND  | Open: 10/16/14 Close: 11/01/14
Turning the Glass Around follows Philip Lee, a first generation Korean-American, as he struggles to cope with his father's death. His identity crisis -- Is he a good son or loving husband, an all-American success story or a foreigner in his own country? -- haunts him. Race, love, and the American Dream collide in this new play by Pia Wilson.

Work/Space Collective will present Turning the Glass Around, a new play by Pia Wilson (The Flower Thief) directed by Heidi Grumelot (The Flower Thief: Donnie and the Monsters; punkrock/lovesong), October 16th through November 1st at Teatro Circulo (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will feature Don Castro* (Uncle Vanya with Target Margin; Dojoji with Pan Asian Rep), Carmen Gill* (Three Sisters with Classical Theatre of Harlem), Topher Mikels (The Tempest with Hamptons Shakespeare Festival) and Kristen Hung (Peking Roulette at the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival) with puppeteers Jessica Marie Lorence (Cinderella on Broadway; The Little Shop of Horrors Sing-Along at BAM) and Sam Gold (Breakfast in the 2013 Puppets on Film Festival at BAM; Echo in Camera at La MaMA). The creative team will include Puppet Design by Spencer Lott (Tilly the Trickster at the Atlantic for Kids), Set Design by Norihito Moriya (Advance Guard with Spookfish Theatre Company), Lighting Design by David Sexton (2012 New York Innovative Theatre Award winner for The Spring Fling at IRT), and an original Musical Score by Joan Tick and Caleb Lindskoog of Magmana.

Pia Wilson’s Turning the Glass Around is the inaugural production for Work/Space Collective, but playwright Pia Wilson and director Heidi Grumelot are long time collaborators. They have always aimed to break racial stereotypes and reinvent the multicultural narrative of America in their theatrical work. Reviewer Martin Denton wrote about their collaboration on Wilson’s The Flower Thief in 2012: "I was most impressed that The Flower Thief, with an African-American playwright and four African-Americans in the cast, transcends racial boundaries and definitions to tell a story filled with universal themes and characters. I will be eager to see what all of the artists involved with this work come up with next." This play will further the artists’ investigations into crucial questions of what does an American look like; who gets to call themselves American; and who will always be the other. 

About the Company: Work/Space Collective

Work/Space Collective (WSC) is the brainchild of Heidi Grumelot, former Artistic Director of Horse Trade Theater Group. Formed as a cooperative of artists working to create new American and international performing arts collaborations, WSC welcomes artists from a variety of backgrounds, genres, and mediums and aims to tell non-normative stories that represent storytellers and audience members of all origins.

The Second Annual Collective:10  | Open: 10/08/14 Close: 10/12/14
The 2nd annual COLLECTIVE:10, two curated programs of new 10-minute plays. Performances begin October 8 at Teatro Circulo in the East Village, New York City. Last year's inaugural COLLECTIVE:10 performed to sold-out audiences and featured the talents of Ellen Burstyn and Elizabeth Kemp. This season's plays, selected from over 1000 blind submissions, will also be published as an anthology.

PROGRAM A -- Weds, Oct 8 at 7pm; Fri, Oct 10 at 7pm; Sat, Oct 11 at 5pm & 9pm; Sun, Oct 12 at 5pm.
by Dave Hanson. Directed by Susan Aston featuring Patrick Bonck, Victoria Dicce and Robert Z Grant.
An unusual cafe is the site of an unusual first date.
by Stephen Hancock. Directed by Kristin Wheeler featuring Francis Benhamou and Rodrigo Lopresti.
Peer into the dark recesses of a relationship hanging on by a thread and scarred by betrayal, addiction and unmet expectations.
by Peter M. Carrozzo. Directed by Cassie Freeman featuring Margaret Champagne and Dave Hanson.
How far would you go for your relationship? Simon and Wendy are about to find out.
by Terry Milner. Directed by Rebecca Brillhart featuring John D'Ornellas and Joe McCarthy.
Hendrick and Leonard find the mundane and routine can have its benefits, until one choice changes everything.
by Brian Leider. Directed by Booker Garrett and Kevin Kane featuring Rich Pecci and Stephen Vause.
Friendship and morality are tested when Scotty asks Robert for the ultimate favor on a cold winter's night.
by Bob DeRosa. Directed by Chris Beetem featuring Lisa Kicielinski and Rock
Meeting the right person is never easy. Making it last, sometimes even harder.
PROGRAM B: - Thu, Oct 9 at 7pm; Fri, Oct 10 at 9pm; Sat, Oct 11 at 7pm; Sun, Oct 12 at 3pm & 7pm.
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by Elin Hampton. Directed by Margaret Champagne featuring Karen
Chamberlain and John Norwell.
How well do any of us really know one another? A wife on the search for some
answers finds even more questions and a new found appreciation for the
institution of marriage.
by Jenny Rachel Weiner. Directed by Robert Z Grant and JB Roté featuring
Margaret Champagne, Nina Mehta, Daniel O'Shea, Sat Charn Fox, Joan Porter,
JB Roté and Naomi Warner.
The family is all together. That can only mean one thing: it is the perfect time to
release pent up resentments, anger, questions and general dysfunction.
by Erin Mallon. Directed by Greg Naughton featuring Mike Houston and Chris
Abe and John have been co-workers and friends for a long time. Now with an
unsure future ahead of them, they learn more about each in other in ten minutes
than in years of working together.
by Mark Borkowski. Directed by Karen Chamberlain featuring Khalil Muhammad
and Wendi Joy Franklin.
Rudy's got something to tell his Ma and Ma's got an earful for him. Ten minutes
at the kitchen table and this family comes apart. But will they find their way back?
by Sayra Player. Directed by Sayra Player featuring Booker Garrett and Kevin
Uncle Silas is visiting his sister Maureen and her new baby. This drama explores
the binds of family and the demons that sometimes surface.
by Craig McNulty. Directed by Mike Houston featuring Swann Gruen and Lacy
It's April 19th, 2013 in Watertown, MA. Two strangers are hungover and forced inside together while the world is changing right outside the door.

Carmen Loisaida  | Open: 11/08/13 Close: 11/14/13
Based on the Opera Carmen, Carmen Loisaida is a powerful story of Latino legal and illegal immigrants trying to survive in a world where human solidarity becomes the only way to salvage their dreams and aspirations. For this production Bizet's music has been arranged into salsa, merengue and other Latin rhythms making dancing the only space where the characters find both their pathos and redemption.



Ndebele Funeral  | Open: 08/11/13 Close: 08/25/13
 NDEBELE FUNERAL examines the world of modern South Africa through the aspirations and loss of three characters whose lives intersect in a Soweto shantytown.

Visit FringeNYC.org or smokemirrors.org for more info.

The Tender Mercies  | Open: 04/14/10 Close: 05/01/10
Zig thought he could talk his way out of anything. That is, until he met Rose. Now he finds himself locked away, playing a very dangerous game. Welcome to The Tender Mercies, where the only difference between wordplay and a war game is a weapon.


Written by Montenegrin playwright Sladjana Vujovic, The Tender Mercies was inspired by events that occurred during the Bosnian Civil War.


“Sladjana Vujovic mimes mundaneness of evil with playful wit and measured menace.”      
Sunday Times, Edinburgh


Jim Kane*, Christina Bennett Lind*, Gregory Waller*

* denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association


Production Team: 
Director: Jessi D. Hill
Producer: Ianthe Demos
Associate Producer: Nick Flint
Lighting Designer: Mike Riggs
Set Designer: James Hunting
Costume Designer: Paul Carey
Sound Designer/Original Music: Nathan Leigh
Production Stage Manager: Colleen M. Sherry
Violence Director: Marius Hanford
Dramaturg: Jessica Kaplow Applebaum
Assistant Dramaturg: Amanda Culp
Publicity: Sarah Parvis
Graphic Designer: Brian Michael Thomas/Our Hero Productions

Teaser Cow  | Open: 01/14/10 Close: 02/04/10
Meet an epically dysfunctional family plucked from Greek mythology and dropped square in the middle of Fast Food Nation. In Clay McLeod Chapman’s Teaser Cow, King Minos is a cattle baron hell-bent on world beef domination. Queen Pasiphaë can’t stay off the sauce. Their daughter spends her days slinging burgers and huffing cow patties to get high. And their son? He’s the Minotaur — a half-man, half-bull monster that only a mother could love. Toss in a twelve-step program, a couple of severed fingers, and a kid-hating corporate mascot in a plush suit, and you’ve got one deliciously disturbing dark comedy.

Way To Heaven  | Open: 07/30/09 Close: 08/23/09
“This cool, shattering play…should not be missed!” - The Sunday Times (London Production ‘05)

Way to Heaven (Himmelweg) is based on the notorious true story of the Theresienstadt concentration camp, where the Nazis constructed a fake village to fool international inspectors and quell extermination rumors. Juan Mayorga’s startlingly original play begins years after the fact with an account by the Red Cross employee who was there, then leaps backward in time to show the creation and rehearsal of another very unusual play, one in which the Jewish prisoners are assigned roles (Mayor, Boy #1, etc.) and given lines to say to the inspectors. The façade, written by one of the most ironic figures ever to appear on a stage – a witty, cultured, humanistic Nazi Commandant – and the Jewish prisoner selected to play the Mayor, this “play” will ultimately serve its purpose and the inspector will return with a positive review.

Although based on historic events, Way To Heaven is not documentary theater. It is a universal story about fear to take action, and our ultimate decision to overcome it or live in the apparent comfort it provides.