Elizabeth Klobe, Artistic Director
Ron Sandahl, Managing Director
Open Circle Theater is a multi-disciplinary performance company committed to the development of new works and adaptations that speak to the human condition through fantasy and mythic storytelling.
Welcome to the home the most thrilling and fantastical theater you will find in Seattle!
Throughout our seasons, Open Circle's resident company unites with local directors, musicians, visual artists and performers, to bring fresh insight and invention to our creations of highly physical, ensemble-style theater. Join us as we reinvent the theatrical experience.
Click on a show below to see details about that show.
"Tim Miller sings that song of the self which interrogates, with explosive, exploding, subversive joy and freedom, the constitution and borderlines of selfhood. . . . You think you don't need to hear such singing? You do! You must!"
—Tony Kushner, playwright of Angels in America, from the foreword of Body Blows
Open Circle Theater is excited to present internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller in his one man show Body Blows. Based on his book of the same name, Body Blows gathers monologues from six of Miller's best-known performances that chart the sexual, spiritual, and political topography of his identity as a gay man: Some Golden States, Stretch Marks, My Queer Body, Naked Breath, Fruit Cocktail, and Glory Box. This show explores the tangible body blows—taken and given—of Miller's life and times as explored through his performances. Miller says, "Blow means many things - including that queer bashers blow, as well as the sweet blowing breath of a lover tickling over the eyes. The blows on your body from a cop in Houston or San Francisco, in addition to the exquisite blow of two men's bodies coming together in love." His performances are full of the put-up-your-dukes and stand-your-ground of such day-to-day blows that make up being gay in America. In Body Blows, Miller raises his voice to honor the Slings and Eros of outrageous queer fortune.
Performance artist, writer, gay activist, teacher and immigration rights activist, Tim Miller has since 1987 used the Los Angeles-area as his base to delight international audiences at the same time as he has infuriated right-wing ideologues and politicians. His works continue to keep us frankly aware of rights we have won and lost. Tim Miller last performed at Open Circle two years ago for three sold-out performances of his show Glory Box.
"The power of Tim Miller's performances lies in his sharp mind and gentle heart, his capacity for being angry and funny and self-critical all at once. One senses immediately that he can be trusted, even when he leads us into unknown territory. His passion is utterly contagious."
—Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City
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TIM MILLER'S WEBSITE
SELECTED BEST OF THE FEST
2001 Seattle Fringe Festival
2001 Edmonton Fringe Festival
From the creators of Pu'uhonua,
Artistic Pick of the 1999 Seattle Fringe
Maria Glanz is back, she's naked, and Open Circle has her! For a special limited engagement of 6 performances, you can see the smash, sell-out hit that caused crowds to swoon in two countries! A one-woman tour de force that the Edmonton Journal called "a strange, beautiful, thoughtful show."
And about Maria:
"Maria Glanz is a knock-out."
- CBC Television
"She's brilliant... A cross between Julia Sweeney and a Chatty Cathy doll"
- Seattle Times
SPECIAL GALA BENEFIT
Saturday, May 11 @ 8pm - $20
One night only! Proceeds from this gala will benefit Maria's upcoming Canadian tour! There will be food, beverages, a performance of See Me Naked, a musical performance by local legend Saeta, special surprise musical guests, a raffle, hob-nobbing with the star and MUCH MORE!
OPENING NIGHT STUDENT 2-FOR-1
Thursday, May 9 @ 8pm
Opening night only, students can get in 2-for-1 with ID
VISIT MARIA'S SITE FOR MORE INFO:
A benefit for Open Circle, Bald Faced Lie, Disgruntled Bit Players and Lo Blo over Valentine's Day weekend. Featuring Magnetic Fields "69 Love Songs" with music provided by acclaimed local band Saeta and sung by members of each theater. With food, a bar and raffle as well as dancing after to a different local band each night. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association
Open Circle Theater X, the new experimental arm of Open Circle Theater, presents XXX, a new works fest.
XXX will showcase 3 works-in-progress by local playwrights, each performing once per weekend. After each performance, the audience will be invited to participate in a moderated feedback session, after which the script will go back into a process of rewriting and rehearsal prior to the subsequent weekend's performance.
Scripts may be read, staged, or partially staged, depending on their stage of development.
October 12th - October 27th
Fridays @ 8pm:
THE BRAZILIAN, Episode 3
by Gavin Cummins
...Continues Harry Brazil's quest to find the man who stole his name, The Brazilian. A throw back to Golden Age of Radio detective dramas, this staged radio play takes our hero through the seedy underworld of post-WWII Spain and Austria.
Directed by Craig Bradshaw
"Of course I'll come. All we're doing is placing bets on knife wielding cocks with an illegally obtained narcotic in their beaks in front of a mob of Spaniards who'll kill us if they find out. I was expecting a foolish and dangerous plan."
ALWAYS IN, ALWAYS OUT Climbing a thick rope is taken to new heights by actress Amy Rider when she and composer Mark Nichols get together to share music, inventions, and aerial dance to explore themes of passion and frustration.
Saturdays @ 8pm:
VIC by Maria Glanz
VIC (Spirit Made Flesh)
Maria Glanz and Elizabeth Klob continue their development of this highly physical, multi-actor play about Victoria Woodhull, the infamous free-loving, spirit-channeling suffragette who became the first woman to run for President of the United States - in 1872. A short section of VIC was presented at On the Boards 2001 Northwest New Works Festival, and Act One was initially read at Freehold's 2001 New Works Development Program. In Open Circle XXX, a revised version of Act One will be presented and the first scenes of Act Two will be read.
Open Circle Theater
429 Boren Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
$6 General admission;
$10 for any two performances
“Ways you may feel about being naked: humiliated, humble, humorous, hairy. Whatever – bring it on, Maria Glanz can take it. She’s brilliant… A cross between Julia Sweeney and a Chatty Cathy doll, Glanz is at once fragile and powerful – kind of like the naked human body itself.” -
Seattle PI, 2001
Thursday at 7pm
Friday at 7pm
Saturday at 7pm & 10pm
Sunday at 3pm
$15 - general/ $10 - 18 & under
Please help Open Circle Theater put some special kids in the spotlight this summer, by supporting our Free2Be Kids Project.
For two weeks this June and July, 15 teenagers will participate in one of Seattle’s most unique programs – learning the ropes of theater arts, in a safe environment, with professional teachers who want to give them the attention and respect they need. Some of these kids are wards of the state; some are homeless. All of them, however, love the arts and are excited about the chance to spend a summer at Open Circle Theater.
Our Free2Be Kids Project is unique because it offers these kids an opportunity that they normally wouldn’t have: to work and to perform in a professional theater environment.
Five years ago, Open Circle Theater started its Kids Project. The program was conceived by company member, and juvenile advocate, Anna Copley. Anna’s observation and experience in the juvenile and family court systems inspired Open Circle’s ongoing commitment to providing a place and a voice for under-served kids living in long term foster care.
This year we have expanded and renamed our project: Open Circle’s Free2Be Kids Project. Open Circle’s team of professional instructors and staff will be working with "veteran" students from past programs, and with local homeless youth centers to inspire 15 teenagers in King County to use theater as a means to gain life-skills and to build a sense of community. We will explore various social and relational themes, examine cooperation and trust-building, and utilize various theatrical exercises. At the end of the Free2Be Kids Project, friends and supporters will be invited to attend a private performance of Free to Be, You and Me showcasing what the kids have learned and created at Open Circle.
The Artist Instructors.
This year’s dedicated instructors include former Open Circle company member Amy Rider. Amy has successfully directed and instructed our program for 3 years. She specializes in working with children in homeless shelters, transitional schools and detention centers throughout King County. Amy holds a B. A. in Theater Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a diploma in physical theater from England's Circus Arts school, Circomedia. She will bring movement and clowning to this year’s curriculum.
Joining Amy is Clare Mottola, founder of New York’s Mottola Theater Project. Clare works as Director of Student Activities at the Fieldston Ethical-Cultural School in the Bronx. This position combines the roles of advisor and counselor to give Clare a unique viewpoint of the everyday lives of students. She has also taught high school students English and Theater at Fieldston, and directs many of their productions. Through the Mottola Theater Project's education program, Get Down, she spends two weeks out of every summer with 50 kids living in poverty in New York, having fun doing theater arts. She is also currently directing Cloud 9 Off-Broadway. Clare holds an M. F. A. in Directing from Indiana University.
I hope that you will consider supporting Open Circle’s Free 2 Be Kids Project. By providing a place and a program for these children, we are helping them to grow to become inspired, active and productive members of our society.
Please feel free to contact us at 206/382.4250 or at email@example.com if you have any questions about this project or OCT. Sincerest thanks for your consideration.