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Department of Theatre and Dance

CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION at the Lab Theatre | Nov. 19-22

Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker's quirky, insightful story of the real-life drama caused by an acting class runs November 19-22 at the Lab Theatre!

UofSC Lab Theatre

Circle Mirror Transformation

by Annie Baker
Directed by Jamie Boller

November 19-22, 2015

Lab Theatre
1400 Wheat St.

Show Times:
8pm nightly

$5, only at the door

An adult acting class is the setting for this quirky story about four strangers whose interaction over six-weeks of theatre games leads to real-life drama.  Cleverly utilizing actual acting exercises for each scene — including one called “Circle Mirror Transformation” — playwright Annie Baker examines the depths of emotion inherent in human relationships, and hilariously shows the truly transformative power of theatre.  Circle Mirror Transformation was named “Best New American Play” at the 2010 off-Broadway Obie Awards.  Annie Baker received a Pulitzer Prize in 2014 for her play, The Flick.

Director Jamie Boller, a senior majoring in both English and Theatre, says Baker’s inventive script defies category.  “It’s quite funny,” she says, “but it’s hard to put the show in one genre.  It goes from being really funny to really touching and even sad at times.  It’s deceptively profound, with really poignant moments happening beneath all of the games being played.”

The show’s assortment of real-life acting games and exercises, Boller says, provides a unique window for the audience to see and experience theatre training behind the scenes. 

“I think what’s important about this setup is that we’re watching the characters all be present with each other in the room,” she says.  “Theatre is this ephemeral thing that happens very much in the present and then goes away.  That’s ultimately what the class in the show is teaching the characters — how to be very genuine and honest and present with each other.”

“The experience of going to the theatre is a lot like that, as well,” she adds.  “I’d love for the audience to find themselves thinking about how they, too, are impacted and changed by simply watching the play.”

Appearing in the play are undergraduate theatre students Jasmine James and Sofia Pavone, education major Cami Reid, graduate theatre student Ryan Stevens and Midlands Tech student Megh Ahire.  Scenic Design for the production is by Theatre MFA candidate Neda Spalajkovic, with Technical Direction by UofSC alum Curtis Smoak.  Undergraduate student Laura Nix will design costumes.  Lighting design is by theatre major Megan Branham.

“This show is really a celebration of theatre,” says Boller.  “It’s perfect for those people who love theatre, and also for those who don’t realize just how much they love it yet.”

For more information about Circle Mirror Transformation or the theatre program at the University of South Carolina, contact Kevin Bush by phone at 803-777-9353 or via email at