Ron Sandahl, Artistic Director
Matt Fontaine, Managing Director
Lisa Sanphillippo, Assoc. Artistic 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.
Four inner-city teens become pen pals with four teens from the suburbs. Each has their own preconceived notions of the other. Through music and stories, by the time they meet they can see past the stereotypes to the real teens beneath.
A magical, moving encounter with reality, in the end it isn't what you think. In fact, it isn't what they think.
BANBRIDGE ISLAND SHOWS:
August 25 & 26, both at 8pm
Aug. 27 @ 8pm & Aug. 28 @ 2pm
Open Circle Theater
A production of Open Circle's youth initiative, The Kid's Project
The latest production from Open Circle’s nearly decade long commitment to serving under-funded youth. This year OCT's youth ensemble performs a gender bending version of Romeo and Juliet combining Shakespearean text, Harlem renaissance poetry, and modern slang. This daring adaptation was developed through rigorous text work, acting improvisation and aerial training. Presented with support from The Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Horizons Foundation and Cicada Bridal. Langston Hughes and William Shakespeare are put through their hoops. It hips, it hops - close your shops and come!
Only 4 Public Performances! And it’s FREE!!
Daytime, Tuesday - Friday, 5/31 - 6/3
Thursday - Saturday at 8pm, 6/2 - 6/4
Sunday at 2pm, 6/5
If you needed to hide from a mafia hit, where is the last place they’d look for you? A gay bath-house, of course! But not just any gay bath-house: this is the palatial, multi-storied, 24-hour Ritz! "Where good men are bad, and bad men are better." We will be turning Re-bar into high 70’s deco for low 70’s comedy. Wear a towel and make a friend…
Runs Thu. May 26 - Sat. June 25
show at 8pm / Doors open at 7pm
"If you take it off, we'll take it off..."
(Price drops to $10 for those in a towel or bath robe...)
Re-bar is located at 1114 Howell St., off Boren
For reservations call (206) 382-4250
A world-premiere musical extravaganza!!
Blood, love, death, destiny! Mystery, mayhem, music, melodrama! Tragedy and terror -- comedy and cannibalism! Sex, drugs, and toe-tapping Broadway-style music! Beautiful sets and amazing special effects! The magic and terror of the Grand Guignol alive on the Seattle Stage!
The year is 1973 -- an era of moral confusion and social unrest. At the University of Wyoming, Professor Harlan Handsome (Sam Read), aging but untenured Professor of Abnormal Psychology, labors over his research in Bio-dynamic Feedback whereby the mentally deranged can learn to control their own minds with the use of auto-hypnotic techniques. When his star patient Mama's Boy (Aaron Allshouse), a man-child serial killer suffering from total amnesia, escapes the institution in a hail of fire and shattered glass, Handsome pursues him into the darkening wilderness of High Sky State Park in a desperate bid to save Handsome's student -- and true love -- Debbie Desroches (Rachel Hynes) from the killer's murdering hands. Will Professor Handsome succeed? Will he learn the killer's true identity? What is the source of the ghostly voice haunting the forest? Who is that mysterious hunter stalking his prey through the trees? Will Handsome correct the mistakes of his past, or will he be destroyed by them as destiny's cruel machinery grinds into merciless motion, splattering the audience with the hot blood of innocents and leaving no taboo untouched?
Book by Tamara Paris & Matt Fontaine
Music Composed by Tom Prince & Matt Fontaine
Lyrics by Matt Fontaine
RUNNING APRIL 22 THRU MAY 21
Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 4pm
Thursdays are 2-for-one
Sundays are pay-what-you-will
Reservations: (206) 382-4250
Running Fridays & Saturdays after ORPHEUS at 11pm.
Tamara Paris + Matt Fontaine's performance collective The High Kindergarten Performance Group, or HKPG, present their new work SPADE COOLEY’S NIGHTMARE at Open Circle Theater from February 4th through February 19th, 2005, Friday and Saturday nights at 11:00 PM.
SPADE COOLEY’S NIGHTMARE, is a minimalist performance event based on the life of 40’s Western Swing star “Spade” Cooley, who rode to the heights of fame, only to watch it all slip away. One night in a Thorazine and booze induced rage he tortured and ultimately stomped his wife to death in front of their 14-year old daughter and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Ten years later, he was released on furlough to play a concert for a police benefit one month before he was due to be paroled. After a standing ovation, he dropped dead of a heart attack.
A work with teeth, a work that doesn’t pander, and that is not politically naïve, this story is about the nature of evil, the cruel price of fame, and the darkness seething beneath America’s cultural history. It is different than anything else you’ve ever seen.
6 Performances only!
Reservations: (206) 382-4250
-- ORPHEUS EXTENDS!! NOW RUNNING THRU FEB. 26 --
Obsession. Love. Life. Art. Death.
Cocteau’s surreal beat-era masterpiece returns to the stage in this dream-like production. Orpheus, the world’s greatest poet, struggles to transcend the limitations of his humanity. He follows a dark and mysterious Princess through the the other world to save his love. But which one - the wife who is his life, or the Princess who is his Death? Death falls in love, time is transcended and the veil between the worlds is torn asunder.
ORPHEUS runs January 21 thru February 12
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm
(box office opens 1/2 hour before showtime)
Pay-what-you-will Sunday matinees:
Jan. 30 & Feb. 6 @ 2pm
All Thursday shows are 2-for-1 for Students (with valid ID)
For reservations call (206) 382-4250
This holiday season, come join Open Circle Theater for their presentation of Open Circle's Christmas Surprise. A veritable grab-bag of a show destined to delight the most Scrooge-like of audiences. Who's in it? What will happen? Will I like it? Are there dwarves? We can't tell you... it's a surprise! If we told, that would be telling. A good time will be had by all (crossed fingers). But rest assured if you don't like it, at $6 you can't really bitch.
MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AUDIENCES; DISCRETION ADVISED.
(runs concurrent with THEATER OF HORROR which is at Open Circle)
Remember how George Dubya won the election in 2000? Ever wonder how that happened? It wasn’t butterfly ballots. It was…the OCCULT! Arm yourself with knowledge for this year’s election. Come see Dubya 2000 A Political Horror and find out who’s been pulling the strings.
Returning to the world after its first run in the Fall of 2000 at Hollywood’s Sacred Fools Theater, Dubya 2000 will stage another preemptive assault on Re-bar this Fall.
…grotesque commedia parody… horrifyingly prophetic… Orwellian lunacy. – The LA Weekly
Visit the Dubya 2000 Downloads page
Special show on election night! Tuesday, Nov. 2
AT OPEN CIRCLE (runs concurrent with DUBYA which is at Re-bar)
This hit from last year is back with a vengeance!! Three new tales of terror so soul-shatteringly terrifying that no-ones sanity will be left wholly intact. Oh yes, and once again there will be puppets!
The three tales are:
Nyarlathotep - adapetd by Josh Knisely
The Doom that Came to Sarnath - adapted by Ron Sandahl
Dreams in the Witch House - adapted by John McKenna & Lyam White
Performances are Thu. - Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 7pm
Tickets are $13
The first two Sundays (10/10 & 10/17) are pay-what-you-will performances
Halloween weekend all in costume get $2 off ticket price
CHECK OUT OUR WORLD-WIDE PRESS:
The Horror Channel
The Italian Fantasy Magazine
H.P. Lovecraft at Wikiverse