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.
With a new adaptation from the French by Sean McEnaney!!
Ondine is a mythic fantasy about the reality of love and the cataclysmic collision of worlds. Ondine is more than the beautiful young girl she appears to be and the handsome knight-errant who falls in love with her is somewhat less. She leaves behind her beloved lake to join him in his world of men, but all too soon the siren song of the world of water re-awakens in her the strangeness of this world to which she does not belong. Time is bent, an inquisition is held, nature is contravened... and in the end, disaster will befall.
“The naïve and the ultra-sophisticated are blended here in such a manner as to blur the frontiers of human experience…The technical skill with which the author accomplishes his tight-rope passage from mood to mood is only equaled by the virtuosity of his scene construction and the certainty of his delineation of character.”
- Donald Inskip discussing Ondine in Jean Giraudoux: The Making of a Dramatist, 1958
Curtain time is 8pm Thu. - Sat. / 7pm Sun.
All Thursday performances are pay-what-you-will
Straight from it’s smash hit run at the Seattle Fringe Festival, five actors and a crackerjack chamber ensemble tell the gruesome tale of a young idealist's spiral into madness as he learns that his mentor, the singularly unscrupulous Dr. Herbert West, will stop at nothing to obtain subjects for his hideous and unnatural experiments. Adapted from a story by H.P. Lovecraft, who will personally introduce each performance.
Some reviews from the Fringe:
This is a delicious drawing-room trifle that delicately dances 'twixt horror and comedy with nary a stumble to be seen. Marvelously redolent of the work of director James Whale of "Bride of Frankenstein" fame. Remember the last time you went to a haunted house and laughed and screamed and then laughed all the harder? If you don't want to wait until Halloween for that addictive sensation - you'd better buy your ticket right now - before it sells out!* *Disclaimer: Author's distinct proximity to the aforementioned production's director has not rendered her critical faculties impaired in ANY way. This show kicks ass!
—tamara paris (Sep 22)
With no wasted moments, but never rushed, this show moves through a lot of story in 70 minutes. Many viable characters from a cast of five, great live music that moves with the show. "Herbert West" stretches and comes together, stretches and comes together. It doesn't ask for suspension of disbelief, it entices you into its cellar and injects you with it.
—Philip Young (Sep 23)
Who needs a TV or even PBS’s Masterpiece theatre when there is a masterpiece-theatre (live!) right here? Herbert West: Re-Animator, adapted from a creepy short story by horror master H.P. Lovecraft about a young doctor seeking the secret of life, might seem like a special interest piece, but it is jam-packed with great music, costumes, acting, script, and suspense. It makes you glad the Greeks ever invented drama. There is an abundance of death and gore and chaos and creepy darkness, and it all remains consistently thrilling through the skillful use of off-stage action and withheld information. The audience falls prey to their own worst imagination, waiting for the result, then, BAM! It doesn’t matter that there’s no blade on the end of that swinging ax, because the percussionist just scared the wits out of you, and that’s quite enough! by Wednesday Knudsen
—Review Rag (Sep 25)
A return of the successful series of new works by Open Circle’s experimental arm, OCTX. These new experimental pieces will be performed with audience feedback after each performance.
Curated by OCT's Dramaturge, Lyam White.
The fully staged version of the life of the infamous Victoria Woodhull: suffragist, free-love advocate, clairvoyant and first woman to run for President of the United States... in 1872! Largely erased from history, Victoria Woodhull rose to fame running the first brokerage firm on Wall Street run by women for women, was sued for obscenity for telling the truth about the frolics of the wealthy and famous, and was shunned by polite society for insisting that a woman’s body be her own. A woman ahead of her time, in a world not yet ready to receive her.
Thursday performances are pay-what-you-will.
Click HERE to buy tickets online from Ticket Window Online
or call (206) 325-6500
or in person at any of their three locations:
Pike Place Market
Poona the Fuckdog! Little Boy! The Naked King! Pu'uhonua! Gorey Stories! Return to the Garden of Allah! The Eight: Reindeer Monologues! Sunken! and more!!
Come celebrate ten years of some of the strangest, most thought-provoking music and theater in town! Presented cabaret style, Greatest Hits is filled with Open Circle's standard array of freaks, fetishists and fantasy. In Open Circle's weird musical worlds you will discover magic talking pots, the living dead, musical minions of the Devil, singing firemen, a run-away pancake, and a giant dancing penis. Add to that food, drink, prizes and bands each night after the show - what more could you want for an off-the-wall holiday?
First weekend hosted by current Artistic Director Elizabeth Klobe;
second weekend hosted by former Artistic Director Scott Bradley!
SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE!
Groups of 10 or more get $2 off of each ticket, plus one extra ticket FREE!!!
Thu. 12/5 - Matt Menovcik & Andrea Maxand
Fri. 12/6 - Studfinder www.studfinder.us
Sat. 12/7 - Plains of Abraham www.plainsofabraham.com
Thu. 12/12 - Safety Skirts www.thesafetyskirts.com
Fri. 12/13 - Paxil Rose http://geocities.com/paxilroseisaband/
Sat. 12/14 - Rottweiller www.Rottweiller.org
WHAT: Open Circle's Greatest Hits
WHEN: Thu. - Sat., 12/4 - 12/14 @ 8pm
WHERE: 429 Boren Ave. N. @ Republican
HOW MUCH: $10 (Oh, my god! that's cheap!!)
RESERVATIONS: (206) 382-4250 or click the "Tickets" link to the left
Musical Director: Christine White
Open Circle Theater, in association with the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus,
is proud to present the Seattle premiere of ROAD MOVIE, the internationally
acclaimed solo play written by Godfrey Hamilton and performed by Mark
A glorious tour-de-force about gay love and loss, ROAD MOVIE has been
delighting audiences around the world since 1995. LA-based Starving Artists
premiered it to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, winning a
Fringe First Award in the process. Mark Pinkosh plays five characters (three
women and two men) in search of love and hope in this "tour-de-force of
acting and writing", (Philadelphia Inquirer).
After it's sell-out opening run at the Edinburgh Festival, ROAD MOVIE was
invited to represent the United States at the Dublin International Festival
and the Toronto World Stage Festival. Since then this dazzling show has
thrilled audiences from Rome to Vancouver, from Philadelphia to Paris, from
London to Hawaii. Don't miss this Seattle premiere and your chance to see
the play described by the Irish Times as:
"Wildly irreverent and convulsively funny".
WHAT: ROAD MOVIE, a Starving Artists Production at Open Circle Theater
WHERE: Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Avenue North
(corner of Boren and and Republican)
WHEN: Opening Thursday, October 3rd at 8pm, for 8 performances only.
*Friday, October 4th is a Special Benefit Performance for the
Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus.
Running Thursdays thru Sundays, October 3rd thru the 13th.
All shows at 8pm.
TICKETS: $15 General Admission
** $25 for Benefit Performance on Friday, October 4th, (All
proceeds to benefit the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus.)
RESERVATIONS: Call (206) 382-4250 or click the link above to make a reservation.
Critical acclaim for ROAD MOVIE:
Fringe First Winner, Edinburgh Festival
The Stage Award (United Kingdom) Best Performance Edinburgh Festival
Manchester Evening News (UK) Award- Actor Of The Year
"Humane , humorous, moving, witty...the finest of fully felt solo performances."
- Catherine Lockerbie, The Scotsman
"A romantic, elegiac play about hard-bitten Joel's journey across the US to find his lover. Writing that ripples with sensuousness and sensitivity... a glorious experience."
- Ian Shuttleworth, The Independent, UK
"A Monumental Performance" - Jeremy Kingston, The Times, London
For more information about Starving Artists, feel free to visit their website at:
Open Circle presents Church of Pie, a cabaret spectacular of food and love (or sex) at the 2002 Seattle Fringe Festival. Church of Pie is comprised of original pieces written and performed by Open Circle core company members.
Funny, shocking, sad, exultant, scary, titilating; you provide the dreams and we will provide their culmination. Directed by Fringe award winning director Elizabeth Klobe (Pu'uhonua & See Me Naked); with pieces by core company members Maria Glanz (Pu'uhonua, See Me Naked & VIC), José Amador (A Walk in the Dark), Lyam White (Sunken), Christine White & Ron Sandahl. Featuring music by Scott House.
at venue #9, The Chamber Theater,
915 E. Pine (Oddfellows Hall) 4th floor
Thu. 9/19 6:00 | Sun. 9/22 7:45
Wed. 9/25 7:30 | Fri. 9/27 9:15
Sat. 9/28 2:30 | Sun. 9/29 5:30
For more info or tickets, go to:
or click the link below
Open Circle Theater is pleased to present José Amador’s tour de force one-man show, A Walk in the Dark. Using his own confused and confusing circumstances growing up mixed race, Open Circle company member José Amador has created a darkly humorous theater piece that explores racial identity and race homogeneity within the United States. His characters reflects the chaos that exists for minorities in this society, particularly for those of mixed ethnicities. As he says, "My aim is to bring to light the things that happen between the races within everyday life... not just white on black, but also black on white, black on black, and the various permutations therein." A Puerto Rican whose parents formed a mixed marriage, Amador brings to the forefront a lifetime of experience as a person who "passes" for African American in most American's eyes. His one-man show comments on inequities from the front line of racial discord; from the subtlety of certain regulations put in place by corporate America, to his own guilty admissions of racism. Both very funny and very real, A Walk in the Dark makes for a one of a kind thought-provoking evening of theater.
Tickets are $10
Thursdays are pay-what-you-will