Ron Sandahl, Artistic Director
Monica Blum, Managing Director
Miller Freeman, Production Manager
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.
FREE THEATER IN THE PARK!!
It's the 1300's: a quarter of Europe is dead from the plague, pestilence is everywhere, and humanity is convinced this is Armageddon. So why not go out laughing! A priest receives a command from god to make people laugh, and boy does he ever! The plague was never so funny! Scott Bradley, former OCT artistic director, comes back to direct the ensemble in this bawdy circus of clowning misfits. Do not miss this clever, hysterical and irreverent award winning play by Peter Barnes; it may literally have people die laughing.
Sponsored by The Broadway Grill
FREE IN THE PARK at the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E. (19th Ave. E. & E. Thomas St.)
DATES & SHOWTIMES:
Aug. 6 - 29, Fri. @ 7pm, Sat. & Sun. @ 2pm
BY BUS: On the #8, #12 and #43 bus routes
Handicap accessible and off-street parking.
Produced in conjunction with Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool of the Arts, a team of adapters has worked with a group of preschool students to create a production entirely from the children’s imaginations and interactions. The cast and director become the final adapters in creating this fantastic, baffling world. It's weird to be a kid!
Thu. - Sat. @ 8pm
There are two pay-what-you-will shows
Sunday 6/13 & 6/20 @ 2pm
Children 12 & under are $6
EDMOND EXTENDS!!! NOW RUNNING THRU MAY 8 (see reviews at bottom). Open Circle Theater is proud to present David Mamet's seldom-produced and controversial dystopian play EDMOND. In EDMOND, described as "a modern-day morality play," Mamet's lacerating, heart-stopping dialogue immediately submerges us into the dark world of pre-reform New York, circa 1984. Enter Edmond Burke - average banker, normal husband, forthright citizen - who upon discovering that "he is not where he belongs" undertakes a journey that will take us, kicking and screaming, through self-destruction and annihilation, to eventual redemption. Described by critics as "distrubingly topical," "brilliantly thrilling" and "a riviting theatrical experience that illuminates the heart of darkness," EDMOND is a searing quest for self-discovery and ratification, concealed in a furious, unflinching whirlwind of a play.
SPECIAL NOTE: After the perfromace Sat., May 1 the band VEGAS IN FLAMES will perform AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!
SHOW DATES & TIMES: April 2 through May 8, Thu. - Sat. at 8pm
There are two Sunday matinees - April 11 & 25 at 2pm
PRICE: $12; the Sunday April 25 matinee at 2pm is pay-what-you-will
EXTENDED! NOW RUNNING THROUGH MARCH 13TH
A mysterious figure gives a scholar an ancient manuscript; a thief steals an enormous cursed jewel; a dream-like waitress gives her customers plenty to think about, but no food; a young nurse makes the ultimate sacrifice for an egg. From this inital series of absurdist vignettes emerges a fantasmagoric and convoluted journey - Len Jenkin's masterpiece Dark Ride. Taking his title from the term used in the amusement park industry for a fun-house type ride which takes you through scenes (as opposed to a 'coaster') Len Jenkin expertly weaves the disparate threads of his story together into a whole that is able to transcend the physical world and explore the true seat of reality - the inner recesses of the mind. As the play progresses, one by one the seemingly unrelated stories begin to merge and collide until the culminate in a spectacularly baffling oculist convention in Mexico City. By the end the audience may be questioning their own version of sanity and the very bounds of reality itself. But then again, isn't that what a good fun-house ride is suppose to do?
By popular demand the smash-hit anti-Christmas pageant is back with a vengeance!
In this dark comedy a media frenzy erupts when scandalous allegations are leveled at the North Pole's most prominent resident. As each legendary member of Santa's flying team comes forward to demand its share of the lime-light, a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges, implicating everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself.
Each night before THE EIGHT we will open with Kringle’s Kabaret, a terribly wrong and inappropriate showcase of live music and banter.
10 Performances Only!!
WHAT: Open Circle Presents Jeff Goode's The Eight: Reindeer Monologues
WHERE: Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Avenue North at Republican street.
WHEN: December 5th through December 20th, Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm/Sunday @ 7pm
Pre-Show Kabaret begins @ 7:30pm/Sunday @ 6:30pm.
TIX: $14 General, $12 Students/Seniors
INFO/RESERVATIONS: Call (206) 382-4250 to reserve your tickets, or click the tickets link to your left.
In the same vein as our highly successful Valentines Day tribute to Magnetic Fields, Open Circle theater presents a night of the music of They Might Be Giants, performed live! Each evening some of Seattle's best-loved fringe actors will perform hits from this cult group accompanied by a live band made up of some of Seattle's most talented local musicians. It will be a wild evening filled with music, theater and all types of surprises. Each evening after the show a local area band will perform (see list below). Do not miss this one-of-a-kind event! In short, this evening is going to kick your ass.
WHAT: Road Movie to Berlin - The music of They Might Be Giants - A Benefit for Open Circle Theater
WHEN: November 13 thru 22, Thursdays - Saturdays, doors open at 7:15, show starts at 8:00. Bands (approximately) 10:00.
WHERE: Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave. N., Seattle, 98109
$10-benefit only/$5-band only/$15 both benefit and band
RESERVATIONS OR INFO: Call Open Circle Theater at
BANDS PERFORMING ARE:
11/13 - Subpoenaed Lemur
11/14 - Starhole '67 or Bugs in Amber
11/15 - The Axidentals
11/20 - Yukon Cornelius & The Stares (www.thestares.com)
11/21 - Diamond People & Pleasurecraft (www.pleasurecraft.com)
11/22 - Lewis, Marrapodi, and Osebold & SloMoRabbitKick
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn indeed!
Oh, those pesky Deep Ones! Three OCT company members will adapt three of H.P. Lovecraft’s tales of horror for the stage, where three separate directors will interpret them using one unified cast. The soul-shattering terror of the evening is guaranteed to make all who attend question their sanity and the very boundaries of reality itself!
And did I mention that there would be puppets?
For reservations call (206) 382-4250 or click the Tickets link to the left or at the top.