Image by Siskiyou Artist, Mimi Bailey

Image by Siskiyou Artist, Mimi Bailey

With Lola Kelly, Leon Russom, Cliff Weissman, Christine Avila, William Salyers, Nicole Erb, Joseph D. Valdez, Michael Martinez, Dana DeRuyck, Nic D'Avirro, Tricia Cruz and Phil Ward.

A California story about how we live with fire, water, and family. A young woman returns home to find her family and community in a bitter fight over who owns the local groundwater during a devastating California drought. Caught between loyalty to her family’s ranch and fear – of wildfire, of loss of identity and culture, Connor finds her small town trying to figure out how to live with nature when nature doesn’t seem to want them there: “We’d get along with the environment a whole lot better if we didn’t have to live in it.”



Friday - Sunday, August 24th-26thFriday - Sunday, August 31st-Sept 2ndFriday - Monday, Sept 7th-10thFriday - Sunday, Sept 14th-16thFriday- Sunday, Sept 21st-23rdAll Performances at 8pmDURATION | 2hrsPRICE |Premium: $50 (front row, includes cushion, blanket and free drink at intermission)General: $35Seniors/Students with ID: $10LOCATION | Courtship Ranch, 11270 Dominica Ave, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

PARKING | Follow signs for parking and performance location. Free parking is available in designated areas. Drop-off and accessible parking will be available. Accessible seating is available. Performance will be outdoors so please bring warm clothes/plan for weather.Contains strong language. Children under 6 will not be admitted. The show's content is recommended for people 12+.Please note: Due to extreme fire danger, absolutely no smoking will be allowed at Courtship Ranch or in the parking lot.


Producers - Kate Jopson & Camille Schenkkan

Associate Producers - Jen Kays  &  Ian-Julian Williams

Production Manager - JR Bruce

Assistant Production Manager - Jillian A Lindner

Scenic Designer - JR Bruce

Costume Designer - Melanie Watnick

Lighting Designer - Bo Tindell

Sound Designer - Cricket Myers

Casting Director - Andy Crocker, CSA

Production Stage Manager - Cassandra Scott

Assistant Stage Manager - Jillian A Lindner


Octavio Solis is a playwright and director living in Oregon. His works Alicia’s Miracle, Se Llama Cristina, John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The Seven Visions of Encarnación, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, La Posada Mágica, Prospect and Man of the Fleshhave been mounted across the country at companies such as the Center Theatre Group, the Theatre @ Boston Court, California Shakespeare Theatre, the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,  INTAR, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Dallas Theater Center, the Magic Theatre SF, South Coast Repertory Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the Marin Theatre Company, Cornerstone Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, Working Classroom, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Attic Rep, El Teatro Campesino, Teatro Vista, Teatro Dallas, Teatro Visión, Thick Description and Campo Santo at Intersection for the Arts. His collaborative works include Cloudlands, a musical co-written with Adam Gown and Shiner, co-written with Erik Ehn. Solis has received the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Texas State University Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, the 2014 Pen Center Literary Award for Drama (for Se Llama Cristina), the United States Artists Fellowship for 2012, the 2003 National Latino Playwriting Award, the 2000-2001 National Theatre Artists Residency from TCG and the Pew Charitable Trust, the 1998 TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the 1998 McKnight Fellowship grant from the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, the 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Roger L. Stevens award from the Kennedy Center, the 1994 Will Glickman Playwright Award, and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays production grant. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists alum and member of the Dramatists Guild.His anthology, “The River Plays” has been published by NoPassPort Press. He is working on commissions for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Circle X Theatre, Magic Theatre SF and Yale Repertory Theatre.



Kate Jopson grew up in Siskiyou County and is the new Artistic Director of Circle X Theatre Co. She specializes in experience-based productions, staging work on beaches, barns, and basements and most recently at Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House in Los Angeles. In theatres, she uses the unique location or architecture to enhance the production. Directing Credits Include: Candide (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Fefu & Her Friends  (Circle X Theatre/J.U.S.T Toys Productions, LA); 1984(Greenway Court Theatre, LA); An Accident (Griot Theatre, LA), Twelfth Night(Coeurage Theatre Co. LA); Second Skin (The West/The Flagship Ensemble); A Willow Grows Aslant(La Jolla Playhouse—Without Walls Fest.); A Midsummer Night's Dream,A Doll House, Casagemas, Elizabeth I,Cry Old Kingdom(UCSD); Jesus, She Said (Marin Fringe Festival: Critic's Choice, Best Director).B.A UC Berkeley; M.F.A in Directing from UC San Diego. 



We interviewed farmers, ranchers, leaders of the Shasta and Karuk tribes, wildfire fighters, business owners, educators, loggers, historians, mayors, environmentalists, and regulatory agency employees.Charlie and Marlene Martin, Tom Menne,  JJ. Lewis Nichols,  Betty Hall,  Greg & Sherri Hanna, Mike & Jan Lee, Don Flickinger, Gail Jenner, Marilyn Seward, Buster Attebery, Tammy Thackery, John & Cathy Fitzpatrick, Cliff & Maryann Munson, Kate O'Brien, Larry Kelly, Millie Whipplesmith Plank, The Siskiyou County Cattlewomen, and the "Bookies" of Scott Valley.  (pictured below: L-R) Lynn & Mike Bryan, Hayley Moyles, Ric Costales, Rosario Aragon,  Keith Whipple, Melanie Fowle, Prairie Spaulding, Mary Carpelan.

Thank You's

Jen Kays, Sara Bruner, Rod Gnapp, Annie Paul, Leon Russom, Christopher Salazar, William Salyers, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, VIVIS, Martha Marion, Jerry Clarke, Paige Lindsey White, Michael Evans Lopez, and Denise Blasor. Siskiyou County Cattlewomen's Association; Siskiyou Land Trust; Siskiyou Performing Art Center; Siskiyou County Arts CouncilThe California Arts CouncilAll our Rockethub funders!   


Presented by Hollyhock House

A J.U.S.T. Toys Production in association with Circle X Theatre Co.

by María Irene FornésDirected by Kate Jopson

with Julia Ubrankovics, Tunde Skovran, Talia Davis, Christine Uhebe, Guerin Piercy, Kacie Rogers, Caro Zeller & Claudia Zielke


May 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-28 @


Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Art Park

4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Free Lot Parking

Tickets: $60On a seemingly ordinary day in 1935, a group of women gather to plan a philanthropic fundraiser. The host Fefu is impulsive, unapologetic and boldly leads the women until Julia enters the picture. Once brilliant and fearless, Julia’s spirit was broken when a mysterious hunting accident left her paralyzed. Or did it?  Featuring an international cast of women, Fornés’ 1977 play explores how subtle pressures work on women across the world to conform to an ideal of meekness and femininity.

About the Location:

Hollyhock House was commissioned by Aline Barnsdall and designed by the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1919-1921. Originally intended to be part of a avant-garde theatre complex, the project halted after the completion of the house. Barnsdall gifted the house to the City of Los Angeles in 1927.  Hollyhock House underwent extensive renovations and the LA Department of Cultural Affairs re-opened it to the public in 2014. FEFU will be the first-ever theatre performance at the house, finally making Aline Barnsdall's vision a reality.

Choreographer: Zsofi NemesComposer: Daniel SzaboCostume Designer: Melanie WatnickProps Designer: Lily BartensteinLighting Consultant: Kristin SwiftProduction Stage Manager: Deena TovarProducers: Josh Haroutunian, JR Bruce, Kate Jopson, Tunde Skovran, Julia Ubrankovics 


This production is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.


By Susan RubinDirected by Mark Bringelson

A desperate woman.A Faustian deal.A myth, shattered.Liana and Ben, a twisted, sexy retelling of a classic tale.

With: Kimberly Alexander, Darrell Larson, Mara Marini, Jonathan Medina and Tim WrightPreviews February 16 & 17

Opening February 18Fridays and Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 7pmAtwater Village TheatreLIANA AND BEN is a twisted, sexy, modern take on Faust. Our story begins with a not-so-chance encounter between a beautiful young woman and a dark, enigmatic stranger. Ben makes Liana an offer: he will keep her young and beautiful for 250 years if she can prove to him that humanity is worth saving. Now, Liana’s time is almost up and Ben demands his proof. They travel forward and backward through history in search of hope – questioning their very existence, the nature of their own mythology and the foundations of good & evil.

Produced by Camille Schenkkan

Set Design by Alan E. Muraoka

Lighting Design by Dan Weingarten

Sound Design by Chris Moscatiello

Costume Design by Dianne K. Graebner

Projection Design by Jason H. Thompson

Production Stage Manager: Deena Tovar

Assistant Stage Manager: Meredith O'Gwynn

House Manager: Hallie J. Stern


How far will powerful men and institutions go to keep their secrets — and who pays the price when they do? Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Co. Join forces to present the world premiere of An Undivided Heart by Yusuf Toropov, directed by Chris Fields and running March 16 through April 22 at Atwater Village Theatre. Two pay-what-you-want previews take place on March 14 and March 15. 

Note that the show is partially double-cast.

Set in 1992 Massachusetts against the backdrop of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal and a toxic drinking water scandal (the latter made famous by the book and film “A Civil Action”), An Undivided Heart is part thriller and part spiritual mystery. A series of otherworldly visions and an unlikely encounter with a Zen priest propel Father Mike Cleary into a collision course with his Archdiocese, while Lynne Callahan, a young widow, struggles to make sense of her life in a town whose water has been polluted with deadly chemicals. The two confront a universal problem: How do victims of suffering caused by others find a way to go on? 

The ensemble for An Undivided Heart includes Jeff Alan-Lee, Jesse Bush, Bob Clendenin, Alana Dietze, Ann’Jewel Lee, Paul Eiding, Matthew Gallenstein, John Getz, Kaleb King, Tracey A. Leigh, Alison Martin, Sigute Miller, Jennifer A. Skinner, Michael Sturgis and Tim Wright. Some of the parts are double cast, with actors alternating performances.

The creative team includes set designer Amanda Knehans, lighting designer Rose Malone, sound designer Cricket S. Myers, costume designer Dianne K. Graebner and graphic designer Christopher Komuro. The production stage manager is Venice Yue Yang.

 An Undivided Heart runs March 16 through April 22, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.;Sundays at 4 p.m.; and Mondays at 8 p.m. Two preview performances are set for Wednesday., March 14 and Thursday, March 15, both at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and $20 on Mondays. Preview performances are Pay-What-You-Want. Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Ave in Los Angeles, CA 90039. On-site parking is free.



Written and Performed by Lisa Dring

Directed by Jessica Hanna

World Premiere ProductionOpening Saturday, March 19 at Atwater Village TheatrePay-What-You-Can Previews March 17 & 18

Performances through April 23Tickets $15 online and at the doorStudent and group discounts available; email camille@circlextheatre.orgDeath Play is an exploration of the echoes we leave behind. It's a story about the great magic and total crap of dying.

"As someone who’s seen a lot of death in my lifetime, and as a caregiver for more than a few of those who have died, these thoughts and others bubbled up again in the aftermath of the show. I commend Ms Dring for her bravery – and bravura – in walking onstage and sharing her own very personal experiences with death, as well as her feelings of inadequacy in its face." -  Los Angeles Post "Death Play is a thought-provoking and energizing play bound to resonate with anyone who has confronted death (or knows they will someday)." - Dumpling Magazine "It is one of those unique performances that forces deep thought and which ignites a process that will resonate within you for days or possibly even years after you have left the theatre... a compelling canvas of human existence with an emphasis on its inevitable end." -"...Perhaps Death Play is divisive, and perhaps it doesn’t speak of death as much as some people want it to. But for those who aren’t looking for a recreation of their own reality, it may be just the thing: powerful and connective because it is human; honest and dynamic because it’s Lisa Dring, speaking from her boisterous and tragicomic heart." - Redefine MagazineDeath Play received its festival premiere in July 2015 as a part of Son of Semele Theater’s Solo Creation Festival in Los Angeles, and has also been developed with Actors Theatre of Louisville and One Year Lease Theater Company

.Written and Performed by Lisa Dring

Directed by Jessica Hanna

Produced by Camille Schenkkan

Associate Produced by Ian-Julian Williams and Jen Kays

Set and Lighting Design by Kirk Wilson

Co-Lighting Design by Joey Guthman

Sound Design by Jeff Gardner, with additional sound by Ray Salas

Costume Design by Ann Closs-Farley

Stage Managed by Candice Clasby

House Manager: Wellesley DanielsFor ticketing and other questions, refunds, issues, etc., the best way to contact us is via email at Atwater Village Theatre, Theatre #4, 3269 Casitas Ave., LA CA 90039Free street and lot parking along Casitas Avenue. We recommend arriving early for best parking options.

By Fielding EdlowDirected by Brian Shnipper

World Premiere productionPerformances Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 7:00pmThrough October 31

A new comedy, grown from our Writers Group and performed in our new second-stage at Atwater Village Theatre.Adult language and situations. Parental guidance is suggested."I love boundaries.I just don't do them myself."An obnoxious, caustic, oblivious New York family has to deal with their dying son and a complete stranger who insists on making an "amend." Can they suppress their resentment toward each other––and toward their son's irascible charge nurse––long enough to hear a cry for help?Featuring Caroline Aaron, Shaun Anthony, Tony DeCarlo, Dagney Kerr, Ericka Kreutz, Joe Pacheco, Doug SutherlandREVIEWS"Edlow has a powerhouse hit here... Schnipper's cast play it all up to the edge of insanity, lowering the volume and intensity just before going over the top. It's a lesson in comic acting to watch Aaron and company play up the (heightened) realities and allow us the audience to sit back and laugh." - Edge Media Network"What a witty script! What a fine cast! ... Circle X Theatre's world premiere of playwright Fielding Edlow's 'ICU' immediately grabs your attention the moment you enter and take a seat in the waiting room of an unnamed New York hospital." - BroadwayWorld"‘ICU’ is a tsunami of side splitting, grin growing festival of unstoppable laughter...That playwright Fielding Edlow has exposed herself as a true genius with the world premiere of ‘ICU’ is undeniable, but the total production is also greatly enhanced by exquisite performances from the entire cast... They all came together under the obviously superb direction Brian Shnipper to deliver what is undeniably one the best shows in town." -"ICU written by Fielding Edlow is a journey into not only physical intimacy, but emotional depth that is more than the sum of its parts... ICU is a theatrical whirlwind that deserves an audience." - On Stage Los AngelesProducers: Tim Wright and Jennifer A. SkinnerAssistant Director: Sam SonenshineStage Manager: Cassandra ScottSet Design: Amanda KnehansLighting Designer: Ric ZimmermanCostume Designer: Dianne GraebnerSound Designer: Jeff GardnerProps: Bethany TuckerFor ticketing and other questions, refunds, issues, etc., the best way to contact us is via email at Atwater Village Theatre, Theatre #4, 3269 Casitas Ave., LA CA 90039Free street and lot parking along Casitas Avenue. We recommend arriving early for best parking options.


By Nick Jones Directed by Stella Powell-Jones

Fame, success and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away our erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee.

Featuring Malcolm Barrett, Bob Clendenin, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Laurie Metcalf, Jim Ortlieb, Jimmi Simpson & Brenda Strong

Directed with invisible ambidexterity by Stella Powell-Jones, this fable, inspired by actual occurrences, is structurally ingenious, animal and human perspectives interweaving in ways that swerve from hilarious to heartbreaking to house-stilling.David C. Nichols – LA Times (Critic's Choice)From that opening, the play’s grim trajectory becomes inevitable. That it also proves such a deliciously laugh-packed ride can finally be attributed to the split-second precision of an inspired ensemble (which includes Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Malcolm Barrett, Brenda Strong, Jim Ortlieb and Bob Clendenin) and director Stella Powell-Jones’ flawless production.Bill Raden – LA Weekly (GO!)Nick Jones’s comedy seems at first to be either simply sitcom-esque, or else an absurdist take on a dysfunctional family dynamic. But don’t jump to conclusions too quickly. What unfolds is a brilliant look at love, communication, identity, and humanity.Vanessa Cate – Stage Raw (Top Ten)100% SWEET on LA Bitter LemonsPart comedy, part fantasy, part magical realism, “inspired by true events,” and ending in tragedy, Nick Jones’s Trevor is loopy and shaggy and outrageous and pretty great even though it ends badly for our two favorite characters. It also provides a master class in comic acting from the performers who play those characters.Dan Berkowitz – The Los Angeles PostThis is a play that should not be missed. And, it must be mentioned that it is virtually BECAUSE of the 99 Seat Plan that Circle X Theatre Company is able to put the show up. If Actors Equity is successful in its plan to gut this boon to actors and small theatres in Los Angeles, the expense and red tape that would lumber Circle X might easily force them to abandon this type of wonderful work.Michael Sheehan – OnStageLosAngelesCircle X Theatre Co.’s production of Trevor is a true gem that makes venturing forth to L.A.’s live stages a rewarding endeavor well worth the effort.Ed Rampell – People’s WorldA stellar cast gives their all in the West Coast premiere of Nick Jones’ smartly written Trevor.Gil Kaan – BroadwayWorldPlaywright Nick Jones has done something wonderful here. He has taken the very relatable notions of the American dream, and all that entails, and has completely flipped them upside down. For example, the appearance of Oliver (Bob Clendenin), a famous chimp that Trevor aspires to be, and who appears in fantasy sequences all clad in white, reminiscent of Ben in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. And much like Ben, he is there to entice Trevor, to show him the way his life could be. The glittering allure of what could be. He is the American dream. Perhaps the playwright is suggesting that the American dream is really only for those still gullible enough to believe it even exists. This is sort of a deconstruction of Miller’s America, a post-modern view of a new kind of dream. A dream of reality television and notoriety. Mr. Jones doesn’t just poke fun, he also adds a real human touch through Sandra’s character arc. She is a lonely widow who clings to the companionship and love she has with Trevor as a means of holding her life together. A balancing act that is a joy to watch Laurie Metcalf maneuver."Patrick Hurley – That Awesome Theatre BlogSo what play am I going to recommend for your theatre going pleasure? Most definitely 'Trevor' by Nick Jones of 'Orange is the New Black' fame. What presents like a comedy actually has deep sociological undertones...pretty fascinating the way it's written and produced. It takes a skilled group of actors to pull it off, and who better than Laurie Metcalf, Jimmi Simpson et al. It would be unfair to go into much more without spoiling it for you, so I'll stop here, but suffice it to say this play is not to be missed....especially if you're in the "biz." You'll get an extra dose of wow!Hettie Lynn Hurtes - KPCCOvation Recommended See more photos via Flickr.

Produced by Tim Wright

Associate Producers: Jen Kays, Katherine Haan

Set Design: Stephanie Kerley Schwartz

Lighting Design: Jeremy Pivnick

Costume Design: Elizabeth Cox

Sound Design: Jeff Gardner

Properties Design: Bethany Tucker

Assistant Director: Joseph Patrick O’Malley

Production Stage Manager: Shaunessy Quinn

Assistant Stage Managers: Stuart Taylor

Violence Designer: Ned Mochel

Through April 19Tickets $28Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 8:00pm; Sunday, 2:00pmAtwater Village Theatre3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039Free street and lot parking.Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging for Circle X Theatre Co.

Created by Casey Smith and Jennifer A. SkinnerPerformed by Casey SmithDirected by Jennifer A. Skinner

"...a virtuoso performance of visual gags about human orifices and the things that go in and out of them, interspersed with a healthy dose of cartoon violence and other extreme, but very recognizable, signs of contemporary personal and cultural alienation." - LAist 

The apocalypse is already here (and we’re all at fault). The end of the world is revealed through images of media, commerce, and hyper-capitalism in the third solo show from Casey Smith and the team behind Violators Will Be Violated (LA Weekly Best Solo Show) and At Play in the Valley of the Shadow of Chet.

Produced by Tim Wright

\Video/Projection by Dustin Hughes

Lighting Design by Andrew M. Lia

Sound Design by Tim Labor

Stage Management by Dena Cerino

Tickets $20

Through April

Fridays & Saturdays, 8:00pm Atwater Village Theatre

Playwright - Aaron Posner

Director - Michael Michetti


Stupid Fucking Birdby Aaron Posner, directed by Michael Michettisort of adapted from "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov

June 19 - July 27, 2014

A Co-production with The Theatre @ Boston Court

In this irreverent remix of Chekhov's The Seagull, an aspiring young director rails against art created by his mother's generation, a nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist, and everyone discovers just how disappointing life, art, and growing up can be. Chekhov's characters still ruminate on love, revolution and the pursuit of happiness, but this time with a lot more snark as the subtext bubbles to the surface. With music, meta-theatricality, and mad humor, playwright Aaron Posner beats The Seagull to a bloody fucking pulp.

Featuring :Adam Silver, Amy Pietz, Arye Gross, Charlotte Gulezian, Zarah Mahler, Will Bradley, Matthew Floyd Miller

Stephanie Kerly Schwartz, Scenic Designer; Elizabeth Harper, Lighting Designer; Rob Oriol, Sound Designer; Mallory Kay Nelson, Costume Designer; Julia Flores, Casting Director; Andrew Lia, Stage Manager; Mila Sterling, Graphic Designer; Ed Krieger, Production Photograher

Playwright - Leo Geter

Director - Leo Geter


Playwright - Jim Leonard

Music - Beth Thornley, Rob Cairns

Director - John Langs

Dates - October 13 - December 1 2012

Location - Atwater Village Theatre


Chuck - James Black

Lindsay Skinner - Kate Morgan Chadwick

Lt. Scott - Meghan McDonough

Cunny - Ian Merrigan

Ensemble - Lina Patel, Mueen Jahan, Anthony Manough, Larry Clarke, Mapuana Makia, Sean Spann, Lauren Hillman, Erica Ibsen, Randolph Thompson

U/S Lt. Scott - Danielle Langlois

Production Team:

Produced by - Tim Wright, Jennifer A. Skinner

Choreography - Cassandra Daurden

Musical Direction - Beth Thornley, Rob Cairns

Scenic Design - Francois-Pierre Couture

Projection Design - Jason H. Thompson

Lighting Design - Jeremy Pivnick

Sound Design - Cricket S. Myers

Costume Design - Jessica Olson

Props Design - Heather Ho

Associate Producers - Katherine Haan, Jennifer Ludden

Casting Director - Raul Staggs

Stage Manager - Katherine E. Haan

Assistant Directors - Kate Jopson, Johanna McKay


"It's rare that you walk into a garage and see the next great work of art. That is exactly what happened when I stumbled upon Jim Leonard's new masterpiece ... Bad Apples is destined for the Big Apple -- to become a smash hit on Broadway and win a dozen Tony Awards. However, now through December 1, 2012, you can still see it 'in the garage.'" - Huffington Post"Nervy, top-notch theatre... an exciting and audacious [show], the kind of play that deserves encouragement and respect, and it is well worth the time of any L.A. theatre lover. Circle X Theatre Co. has been one of the best theatre companies in Los Angeles for fifteen years now. One thing the company has never lacked for is ambition, and this admirable quality is on display. " - LAist

“Director Langs executes the ambitions of the play brilliantly, switching from the macro of Abu Ghraib and the Iraq War to the micro of the love triangle, from pointed satire to sad truth, with fluid grace and expert panache.” - LAist

"Tortured torch songs, hip-hop metal arias and soaring love ballads whose wit, poetry and memorable pop hooks elevate the grotesquely abhorrent into the profoundly universal." - LA Weekly (Pick of the Week)

Playwright - Tom Jacobson

Director - Jeff Liu


Dates: April 22- May 28, 2011

Playwright - Sheila Callaghan

Director - Paul Willis


Dates : March 27 - May 1, 2010

Location : (Inside) the Ford at the Ford Amphitheatre


August - Silas Weir Mitchell

Daphne - Olivia Henry

Liza - Alina Phelan

Boy - Alana Dietze

Production Team

Produced by Tim Wright, Jennifer A. Skinner

Associate Producers - Camille Schenkkan, Crystal Diaz

Set Design - Sibyl Wickersheimer

Light Design - Tom Ontiveros

Sound Design - John Zalewski

Costume Design - Dianne K. Graebner

Props - Ali Hisserich

Asst. Director - Lisa Szolovits

Scenic Painting: Jen Kays

Stage Manager - Tina Baldwin

Asst. Stage Manager - Jessica M. Amezcua

Publicity - Lucy Pollak


"Sheila Callaghan has created a great premise and fascinating characters, her writing intertwining wine and blood and sex as painful but necessary life forces... the quartet of actors is superb ... Director Paul Willis creates a highly energized, highly mysterious world." - Backstage (Critic's Pick)

"Director Paul Willis expertly torques the proceedings to their high-tension dénouement, while Tom Ontiveros' subtle lights and John Zalewski's rumbling sound effectively accent Callaghan's incisive language."- LA Weekly (Go!)

"Circle X's production is first rate; under Paul Willis' sharp direction, the performances snap and crackle." - Los Angeles Times (Top Pick)

"Sheila Callaghan's Lascivious Something, presented by Circle X, achieves its mythic ambitions to a surprising degree ... more exotic romance than a score of Mamma Mia! tours." - Variety

"This is a brave new work by an exciting writer and a show that should not be missed unless you're a priggish teetotaler or have a heart condition. This play has a broad audience: fans of the hit film "Sideways," lovers of Greek theatre and mythology, or those who are just passionate about pioneering new works. It is safe to say this play will be the toast of the town here and in its New York production." - Eye Spy LA

"Lascivious Something turns into an edge-of-your-seat drama likely to appeal equally to fans of day-or-nighttime soaps who like things hot and heavy, and to fringe theater aficionados who prefer edgier, more challenging fare. It's a crowd-pleaser that stimulates the intellect-- and how many plays have you seen lately that can do both?" - Stage Scene LA

"Lascivious Something is a marked departure from Sheila Callaghan's work as a writer on Showtime's The United States of Tara... Sibyl Wickersheimer's astute set design reflects the barren inner landscape of the complex characters, whose unfettered relationships with themselves - and each other - are inspired by Greek tragedy." - Flavorpill LA

Playwright - Casey Smith

Director - Jennifer A. Skinner


Director - Jennifer A. Skinner

Dates: November 2009 - June 2010 in Los Angeles

Produced at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival

Produced at the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival

Production Team

Producer - Jennifer A. Skinner

Stage Manager/Associate Producer - Lisa Dring

Marketing & Development - Camille Schenkkan

Lighting Designer - Rachel Miller

Logo & Postcard Designer - Kevin Fabian

Media Producer - Dustin Hughes


LA Weekly Award: Best Solo Performance of 2009

Named one of the top 10 plays of 2009 by LA Weekly


"Smith is insane...Nobody with an iota of self-restraint or self-respect would put on a show like this...This is Smith's answer to Michelangelo's David, an homage to our times, as puerile and self-absorbed as we are. I loved every minute of it." -Steven Leigh Morris, LAWeekly

"With all the grace of a drunken maniac, Smith abuses his body and his dignity in this contorted mime-style show that is outright hilarious...words are secondary to humor, while suicide and deprivation are indispensable." -David Jette, LA Theatre Review

Press from the New York International Fringe Festival:

"I have just been violated! It's like is Mr. Bean was more scatological and pornographic… It's amazing! … highly recommended." -AndrewAndrew, Time Out New York

"Casey Smith has a manic energy verging on lunacy, but his pantomimes are actually incredibly precise, set to a soundtrack any rock fan would appreciate… anyone who can laugh at clowns dying, bleeding, barfing, or farting should have a wild ride." -Carissa Cordes,

Playwright - Moby Pomerance

Director - John Langs


Dates: July 31 - September 5 2010

Location: The Boston Court Performing Arts Center


John Murray - John Getz

Jane Murray - Melanie Lora

Paul Murray - Ryan Welsh

Wynchell - Travis Michael Holder

Mrs. Yarrow - Gillian Doyle

Owen - Henry Todd Ostendorf

Smythic - Time Winters

Understudy Cast:

John Murray - David Fruechting

Jane Murray - Suzy Jane Hunt

Paul Murray - Brian Bellomo

Wynchell - Dale Sandlin

Mrs. Yarrow - Wendy Worthington

Owen - Blake Griffin

Smythic - Doug Sutherland

Production Team

Set and Light Design - Brian Sidney Bembridge

Original Music and Sound Design - Bruno Louchouarn

Costume Design - Dianne K. Graebner

Prop Design - Chuck Olsen

Scenic Painter - Jen Kays

Dialect Coach - Tracy Winters

Casting Director - Michael Donovan

Stage Manager - Katharine Haan


"John Langs directs this world that looks so dusty and feels so fresh. Emotions are worn gently on sleeves, with tasteful touches of comedy layered throughout...flawless." -Dany Margolies, Backstage, Critic's Pick!

"Pomerance's writing provides a veritable torrent of wit and erudition...This is exciting, newly forged theater gold, and it's one of the best plays of the year." -Terry Morgan, LAist

"With a playwright as clever and original as Pomerance providing the words, direction as sparkling as that of John Langs, and a cast as splendid as the one assembled on the stage of Theatre @ Boston Court, the journey from lights up to curtain calls is an enjoyable one indeed." -Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA

"Brilliant...clever and engaging." -Trevor Thomas, Edge Los Angeles

Playwright - Jim Leonard

Director - John Langs


Dates: January 17-March 7, 2009

Location: (Inside) the Ford at the Ford Amphitheatre


Martha - Suzy Jane Hunt

Henry, et al - Bill Heck

Ambrose, et al - William Salyers

Primbody, et al - Robert Manning Jr.

Lanford, et al - John Short

Production Team

Produced by Tim Wright,Jennifer A. Skinner

Associate producers - Camille Schenkkan, Diana Wyenn

Directed by John Langs

Assistant Director - Jen kays

Set & Lighting design - Brian Sidney Bembridge

Scenic Painting - Jen Kays

Costume design - Dianne K. Graebner

Sound design - Cricket S. Myers

Original score - Michael Levine

Properties - Ali Hisserich

Projection design - Jason H.Thompson

Stage manager - Kathleen Ressegger

Assistant projection design - Matthew Melinger

Makeup and Hair - Emily McDonald

Scenic painting - Jen Kays, Lauren Horowitz

Master electrician & Assistant lighting design -Jeff Davis

Assistant stage manager - Cate Cundiff

Program design - Kevin Fabian

Backstage Crew - Mary Lou Ahlenius,Diana Wyenn,Jenny Bokoch


LA Weekly Awards:

Play Writing: Jim Leonard

Original Music: Michael Levine

LA Weekly Nominations:

Production of the YearEnsemble

Costume Design: Dianne K. Graebner

Lighting Design: Brian Sidney Bembridge

Set Design: Brian Sidney Bembridge

Ovation Nominations:

Sound Design - Intimate Theatre: Michael Levine & Cricket S. Myers

Lighting Design - Intimate Theatre: Brian Sidney Bembridge

GLAAD Nomination:

Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre


"Refreshingly original, smart and engaging... a perfect match for Circle X Theatre Company's signature whimsical staging and inventive visual flair." - Philip Brandes, LA Times

"This is among Circle X's most exhilarating offerings - a sinfully rich theatrical adventure infused with profoundly resonant social satire that produces visceral wonderment." -- Les Spindle, Backstage West

"Watching parts of the Lincoln Memorial concert last Sunday afternoon, I wondered if theater could deliver entertainment that would be equally appropriate for this moment.Battle Hymn answered my question." - Don Shirley, LA City Beat

"The cast is outstanding, John Lang's direction is inspired and tech credits are uniformly superb. Leonard's writing is rich and often humorous, and he's skilled at creating memorable characters." - Terry Morgan, Variety

"A compendium of symbols that add up to a century of clashes between America's founding principles and the betrayals of those principles that show up through history - from slavery to gay rights to religious hypocrisy. This land is our land? Hardly. And yet the prevailing symbol is that of birth, and re-birth, of ourselves." - Steven Leigh Morris, LA WeeklyNAACP Nomination:Best Supporting Male - Local: Robert Manning, Jr.

Playwright - Will Eno

Director - Jonathan Westerberg


Dates: February 16--March 29, 2008

Location: (Inside) the Ford at the Ford Amphitheatre


Doctor - David Fruechting

Epilogue - Christopher Goodson

Woman - Jamey Hood

Nurse - Christina Mastin

Prologue - Michael McColl

Man - Tim Wright

Understudy - Doug Sutherland

Production Team

Directed by Jonathan Westerberg

Produced by Jennifer A. Skinner

Set design - Todd Sible

Lighting design - Craig Housenick

Sound design and original score - Tim Labor

Costume design - Dianne K. Graebner

Properties - Ali Hisserich

Scenic Painting - Jen Kays, Mara Hesed

Stage Managers - Kathleen Ressegger, Heather Mickelson


"The Circle X Theater Company production of the show captures the play's audacity and humor, bolstered by Jonathan Westerberg's smart direction and a topnotch cast... Hood, who has been very good in such previous Circle X productions as "The Shaggs" and "The Brothers Karamazov," tops herself with a superb performance that combines charm, subtlety and deep emotion. A moment in which she quickly glances to someone, hoping that sympathy still exists, only to find otherwise, is simply devastating. Where another actor might milk the realization for overwrought pathos, Hood's Woman hurts, takes it in and makes an immediate effort to move forward -- a simple, clear piece of acting as piercing and pointed as a needle." -- Terry Morgan for Variety

Playwright - Jeff Goode

Director - Jillian Armenante


Dates: November 17, 2007 - January 20, 2008

Location: [Inside] the Ford at the Ford Amphitheatre

Ensemble, In Order of Appearance:

Fennimore (The Loveworthys' Manservant) - Weston Nathanson

Reverend Miles Monger (A Critic) - Jim Anzide

Millicent Monger (His Wife) - Johanna McKay

Lady Lillian Loveworthy (The Lady of the Manor) - Gillian Doyle

Lord Loveworthy (The Lord of the Manor) - William Salyers

Emily Loveworthy (The Loveworthys' Daughter) - Kathleen Rose Perkins

Earl Kant (Her Fiancé) - Matt Ford

Production Team:

Produced by Tim Wright, Jillian Armenante

Associate Producer - Jennifer A. Skinner

Scenic Design - Gary Smoot

Scenic Painting - Sharon Mayerchak, Jen Kays

Lighting Design - Karl Gajdusek

Costume Design - Paul Spadone

Sound Design - Jillian Armenante

Properties - Ali Hisserich

Assistant Directed - Abby Marateck

Stage Managers - Mel Stone, Kathleen Ressegger


Garland Awards:

Playwrighting: Jeff Goode

Direction: Jillian Armenante

Scenic Design: Gary Smoot

Lighting Design: Karl Gajdusek

Costume Design: Paul Spadone

Garland Honorable Mentions:

Production, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Performance in a Straight Play

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards:


Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nominations:



Featured Performance

Scenic Design

Costume Design


"Crisply directed by Jillian Armenante for Circle X Theatre Company, it stars an ensemble that steps perfectly into the era and classes... Armenante keeps the action flowing and the dialogue moving at a blistering pace, snuggly fitting in twice as much dialogue as would normally be delivered in a two-hour running time." --Jeff Favre for Back Stage

Playwright - Suzan-Lori Parks

Director - Tom Elliot, Pete Friedrich, David Paul Wichert, Lisa Solovitz, Jamey Hood


Dates: March 22 - March 24, 2007

Location: [Inside] the Ford at the Ford Amphitheatre


Mary-Lou Ahlenius, Rebecca Avery, Zac Barton, Dana Bean, Levi Brewster, Camille Brown, Dorothy Drury, Melanie Elliott, Tom Elliott, Bella Enohoro, Kevin Fabian, Jessica Gershen, Lena Hill, Beverly Hynds, Irwin Iskak, Miah Jeffra, Ilana Kira, Forrest Lancaster, Ross Mackenzie, Emily McDonald, Julie Millett, Wilder Millett, Gabe Palo, Ian Porter, Zack Schenkkan, Virginia Schneider, Susan Schramm, Benno Sebastian, Doug Sutherland, Lisa Szolovits, Jayne Taini,Terry Tocatins, Jennifer Toffel, Jessica Townsend, Brittany Wilkerson

Production Team:

Produced by - Camille Brown

Technical Director - Brandon Baruch

Playwright - Sarah Ruhl

Director - John Langs


Dates: November 18, 2006 - January 6, 2007

Location: [Inside] the Ford at the Ford Amphitheatre


Eurydice - Kelly Brady

Father - John Getz

Little Stone - Joe Tyler Gold

A Nasty Interesting Man & Lord of the Underworld - Jeff Ricketts

Big Stone - Thia Stephan

Loud Stone - Doug Sutherland

Orpheus - Tim Wright

Understudies: Camille Brown,John Combs

Production Team:

Produced by Tim Wright

Directed by John Langs

Assistant Director - David Vegh

Scenic Design - Brian Sidney Bembridge

Sound Design - Robbin E. Broad

Costume Design - Dianne K. Graebner

Scenic Painting - Jen Kays

Stage Manager - Jamey Hood


Ovation Awards:

Brian Bembridge nominated for Set Design Intimate Theatre, Lighting Design Intimate Theatre

Robbin Broad nominated for Sound Design Intimate Theatre

LA Weekly Award:

Sound Design (Robbin Broad)


"Ricketts is deliciously rapacious as the horny little devil who courts Eurydice from the seat of his tricycle... Also entertaining are the Greek chorus trio of relentlessly disapproving stones, who seem to have been British music hall buskers when their living personas trod the earth. Complementing the proceedings are the evocative, surrealistic sets and lighting of Brian Sidney Bembridge." --Julio Martinez for Variety

Playwright - Sam Marks

Director - David Vegh


Dates: July 29 - September 9, 2006

Location: Theater/TheatreEnsemble:

Rick - Richard Augustine

Jerry - Thomas Fiscella

Len - Matt Ford

Lily - Jen Kays, Jennifer A. Skinner

Stacy - Linda Bailey Walsh

Understudy - Brian Schnipper

Production Team:

Produced by Tim Wright, Jennifer A. Skinner, Jen Kays

Set - Laura Fine

Master Carpentry - Chris Hawkes

Lights - Kristie Roldan

Sound - Jake Davis

Costumes - Jennifer Koster

Stage Manager - Vanessa Rundle

Playwright - Anthony Clarvoe

Director - John Langs


Dates: December 3, 2005 – Februrary 4, 2006

Location: [Inside] the Ford at the Ford Amphitheatre


Grushenka Sveilov - Rebecca Avery

Father Zosmia, Samsonov, Mussyalovich - John Combs

Ivan - Colin Doty

Plastonov - Kevin Fabian

Alyosha - Max Faugno

Fyodor, The Judge, The Devil - John Getz

Katya Verkhovisev - Jamey Hood

Smerdyakov - Doug Sutherland

Feyna - Jayne Taini

Dmitri - Paul Witten

Production Team:

Directed by John Langs

Produced by Tim Wright

Set and Lighting design - Brian Sidney Bembridge

Costume design - Dianne K. Graebner

Sound design - Robbin E. Broad

Stage Manager - Mina Yueh

Ovation Nominations:

Ensemble Performance

Lighting Design Intimate Theatre (Brian Sidney Bembridge)

Costume Design Intimate Theatre (Dianne Graebner)

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards:

ProductionDirection (John Langs)

Writing and Adaptation (Anthony Clarvoe)

Ensemble PerformanceScenic Design (Brian Sidney Bembridge)

Lighting Design (Brian Sidney Bembridge)

Sound Design (Robbin Broad)

Garland Awards:

Anthony Clarvoe: Adaptation

John Langs: Direction

Brian Sidney Bembridge: Scenic Design

Brian Sidney Bembridge: Lighting Design

Robbin E. Broad: Sound Design

LA Weekly Nomination: Production of the Year

Recommended Pick


"The Circle X production of Anthony Clarvoe's adaptation of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov at (Inside) the Ford is a grand achievement, a reminder of how good theater can be...This excellent show satisfies and impresses in equal measure... Langs' staging is creative and hums with vitality, fully utilizing Brian Sidney Bembridge's striking two-level set, a dilapidated squat that looks like it's been scheduled for demolition. Bembridge's lighting segues from realistic to stark, at one point brightly illuminating the Russian graffiti scrawled on the walls as though it were a background of heavenly latticework. This classic novel has received a classic production." --Terry Morgan for Variety

Playwright - Clown Corn Messiah

Director - Chuck Harper


Dates: October 1 – November 13, 2004

Location: Stages Theatre Center


Chet - Casey Smith

Percussion/Sound - Jesse Aasheim

Production Team:

Producer - Tim Wright

Director - Chuck Harper

Writer - Casey Smith

Percussion - Jesse Aasheim

Lighting Design - Jennifer A. Skinner

Costume Design - Casey Smith

Doll Maker - Casey Smith

Stage Manager - Todd Lubitsch


Nominated for LA Weekly Award for Solo Performance (Casey Smith)


"so completely offbeat that it beggars description... nothing short of hilarious... this brief and impressively dada-esque piece starts to grow on you like a psychedelic fungus." -- LA Times review

Playwright - William Shakespeare

Director - Tara Flynn


Dates: May 21 – June 6, 2004

Location: Shakespeare Festival LA


King Henry the Fourth - Patrick Gorman

Henry, Prince of Wales/Prince Hal - David Paul Wichert

John of Lancaster/Poins - Holly Gabrielson

Earl of Westmoreland - Kevin Fabian

Sir Walter Blunt - Scott Plusquellec

Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester - Thomas Craig Elliott

Earl of Northumberland - Hugh O'Gorman

Henry Percy, surnamed Hotspur - David Holmes

Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March; Gadshill - Mark Jameson

Richard Scroop, Archbishop of York - Hugh O'Gorman

Archibald, Earl of Douglas - Peter Friedrich

Owen Glendower - Kevin Fabian

Sir Richard Vernon - Doug Sutherland

Sir John Falstaff - Jerry Kernion

Sir Michael; Peto - Wayne Salvatore

Bardolph - David Wilcox

Chamberlain; Francis - Joe Tyler Gold

Lady Percy - Sarah Hartmann

Lady Mortimer - Sarah Lang

Mistress Quickly - Johanna McKay

Production Team:

Sets - David Holmes

Costumes - Ela Erwin

Lights - Kristie Roldan

Sound and Music - Tim Labor

Stage Manager - Jennifer Skinner

Cartographer - Jen Kays


"Director Tara Flynn and her richly capable company attack this drama, interspersed with the Bard's comic accompaniment, with gusto from start to finish.....Flynn is blessed with classically trained actors who handle the language with clarity. They are costumed to period perfection by Ela Erwin." -- Dink O'Neal, Back Stage West

Playwrights: Ally Loprete, Chris Loprete

Director: Thomas Fiscella

Dates: July 20 – September 7, 2004

Location: Stages Theatre Center

Act 1: Chasing Ally

Cast: Ally Loprete

Act 2: You're From Philly, Charlie Brown!

Cast: Chris Loprete

Production Team

Producer:Tim Wright

Technical Director: Jennifer Skinner

Stage Manager: Erin Noble

Playwright - Anthony Backman,Kevin Fabian,Holly Gabrielson, Jennifer Skinner, and Doug Sutherland

Director - Rebecca Avery, Kevin Fabian, Jennifer Skinner, and Michael Winters


Dates: October/November 2004

Location: Stages in Hollywood


Anthony Backman

Kevin Fabian

Holly Gabrielson

Jennifer Skinner

Doug Sutherland

Production Team:

Stage Manager - Megan Histand

Playwright - Tom Jacobson

Director - Tim Wright and Tara Flynn


Dates: March 4 – April 17, 2004

Location: 24th Street Theatre


Richard - Joel McHale

Louis XVI - Jim Anzide

Marie Antoinette - Michaela Watkins

Duc De Coigny - Casey Smith

Sister Louise - Sarah Hartmann

Seaman/ Co-Fight Captain - DP Wichert

Seaman - Thomas Fiscella

Seaman - Matt Ford

Barmaid - Jen Kays

Seaman/ Co-Fight Captain - David Holmes

Understudies: Julie Alexander,Jen Kays,Jacob Sidney Thia Stephan

Production Team:

Producer - Stan Weightman Jr.

Associate Producer - Josh Costello

Associate Producer - Melanie Hermann

Associate Producer - Valerie Gordon

Co-Director -Tara Flynn

Co-Director - Tim Wright

Assistant Director - Holly Gabrielson

Set Designer/FX - Richard Augustine

Lighting Designer - Jonathan Klein

Sound Designer/Composer - Tim Labor

"Costume Designer - Cynthia Herteg

Properties Designer - Ali Hisserich

Scenic Artist/Floor Design - Katia Kaplan

Fight Choreography - David Holmes

Fight Choreography - DP Wichert

Technical Director - Jennifer A. Skinner

Lighting Board Op/Sound Board Op - Mary Lou Ahlenius

Graphics/ Program Design - Mark Hesselgrave

House Manager - Ross Mackenzie

Assistant House Manager - Julianna Robinson

Production Photographer - Erin Fiedler

Videographer - Nancy Fassett

Webmaster - Anthony Backman

Stage Manager - Christi Vadovic

Assistant Stage Manager - Heather Hisserich


LA Weekly Award Nominations:

Fight Choreography (David Holmes)

Costume Design (Cynthia Herteg)

Set Design (Richard Augustine)

Production Design

Leading Male Performance (Joel McHale)

Supporting Female Performance (Sarah Hartmann)

LA Times Critic's Choice

Backstage West: Recommended Pick


"In a refreshingly original and imaginative debut staging from Circle X Theatre Company, Tom Jacobson's "Sperm" combines the literary DNA of 18th century French drama with postmodern irony to spawn a whale of a tale (literally - the title refers to the species of leviathans that have loomed large in symbolic portent since Jonah's night sea journey). History, mythology, poetry and scatological puns collide with dazzling ingenuity in Jacobson's quirky seriocomic gem, composed entirely in rhyming iambic pentameter." -- Phillip Brandes, LA Times

Playwright: Jeff Goode

Director: Matthew Bretz

Date: 2003

Dates: November 14 – December 20, 2003

Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery


Phantom - Richard Augustine

Housekeeper, Friend, Mrs. Cratchit - Rebecca Avery

Tuttle, Right Hand - Anthony Backman

Gravedigger's Wife, Belle, Passerby - Emma Barton

Scrooge, Young Scrooge - Bob Clendenin

Gravedigger, Friend, Begga - Ahmad Enani

Diminutive Spirit - Kevin Fabian

Marley, Young Marley - Keythe Farley

Bob Cratchit - Matt Ford

Pawnbroker, Widow, Maggie, Passerby - Jennifer Kays

Fezziwig - Ally LoPrete

Wilkins, Left Hand - Ross Mackenzie

Gigantic Spirit - Johanna McKay

Reverend, Businessman, Passerby - Todd Sible

Laundress, Friend, Tiny Tim - David Paul Wichert

Understudies - Anthony Backman, Beatrice Casini, Tom Elliott, Joe Tyler Gold, Chris LoPrete, Ross Mackenzie, Tara Platt, Jessica Toth

Production Team:

Producer - Ken Metz , Stan Weightman, Jr.

Production Design - Gary Smoot

Lighting Design - Geoff Korf

Soundscape - Paul Hepker

Costume Design - Cynthia Herteg

Stage Manager - Christi Vadovic

Awards - LA Times: Critic's Choice, LA Weekly: Recommend, Backstage West: Critic's Pick, Backstage West: Best of 2003, ShowMag.Com: Critic's Choice

Press: “an unseen gaggle of Circle X members prove they could have careers voicing the howls of feral dogs." -- Travis Michael Holder, Back Stage West"The ensemble cast gave an exceptional performance in this new kind of "third dimensional" theater. While creatively using this extraordinary environment with an original top-notch script (by Jeff Goode), Marley's Ghost could easily become a new holiday classic." -- R. Harker, Maestro Arts and Reviews

Playwright - Jillian Armenante, Alice Dodd, Chris Jeffries

Director - Jillian Armenante

Date - 2002

Dates: July 16 – August 25, 2002

Location: 24th Street Theatre


Georges Melies - Jim Anzide

Eadweard Muybridge & others - Richard Augustine

Adolphe LePrince - Mickey Caputo

Thomas Edison - Christopher Carroll

Yvonne & others - Beatrice Rose Casini

Alice Guy - Alice Dodd

Auguste Lumiere & others - Joe Fria

W.K.L. Dickson - David Heckel

Houdini - John Lovick

Lizzie LePrince - Johanna McKay

Automaton, Laura Comstock, and others - Emma-Jame Mezher

Simone, and others - Michelle Noh

Louis Lumiere and others - Tim Sabourin

Marey and others - Casey Smith

Jehanne D'Alcy - Michaela Watkins

Production Team:

Music & Lyrics - Chris Jeffrie

Additional Lyrics - Alice Dodd, Jillian Armenante

Musical Direction and Additional Arrangements - Paul Hepker

Produced by - Jim Anzide, Jillian Armenante

Set Design - Gary Smoot

Costume Design - Paul Spadone

Lighting Design - Kathi O'Donohue

Sound Design - Tim Labor

Video Design - Jillian Armenante

Projection Design - Paul Hepker

Stage Manager - Jo Anna Underwood

Assistant Stage Managers - Jennifer Hoyt, Abram Lewis-Rosenblum


Ovation Award:World Premiere of a MusicalOvation Nominations: Costume Design LA Weekly Award: World Premiere of a Musical LA Weekly Award Nominations: Comedy Ensemble Choreography


"The concept here seems to demonstrate that invention is the break-through and the artist takes it from there. The play ends with a tribute to Alice Guy, whose many films were lost and forgotten and who died without an obituary at age 95. Melies also ended his career selling newspapers in the Paris Metro. It's good to see these pioneers given their just due, if only in many little moments, by an ensemble of such talent." — Laura Hitchcock, Curtain Up Los Angeles

Playwright Paul Mullin


Jim Anzide , Jonathan Westerberg


American Book of the Dead: The Game Show

By Paul Mullin

Directed By: Jim Anzide and Jonathan Westerberg

World Premiere

Dates: April 12 – May 18, 2002

Location: The Met Theatre


Kim, Isabel, Emily, Ghost - Wendy Abas

Tonya, Emma Goldman, Farmer, Sylvia - Rebecca Avery

Spokesmodel, Aisha - Jaime Bullock

Chin, Farmer, Tom Watson, TS Elliot, Ghost - Conrad Cimarra

Etta, Bardo Guide, Maddy, Ghost - Alix Elias

Husband, Hops, Carver, Jimmy, Paulie, Dr. Bill, Sinatra - Thomas Craig Elliot

Host, Joao, Louis - Kevin Fabian

Tom Hennessey - Peter Friedrich

Cooper, Crispus, George, Langston, Ghost - Yvans Jourdain

Bardo Voice, Harriet Tubman, Florida, Ghost, Sammy - Ammenah Kaplan

Tim Long, Stonewall, Ezra, Ghost - Richard Marshall

Announcer, Andie, Hi, Dino - Michael McColl

Spokesmodel, Molly Pitcher - Daniele O'Loughlin

Barry, Witherspoon, Jack, Uncle Walt - William Salyers

Salted Wife, Surge, Jacqui Potts, Microsoft, Keely - Kellie Waymire

Rev, Brace, Nathan, IBM - Jonathan Winn

Production Team:

Producer - Ken Metz

Scenic Design - Gary Smoot

Lighting Design - Michael E.R. Habicht

Sound Design & Original Music - Tim Labor

Costume Design - Cynthia Herteg & Rosemary Boyce

Stage Manager - Jenni Weiland

Playwright - Trista Baldwin

Director - Paula Goldberg


Dates: February 22 – March 30, 2002

Location: The Hudson Theatre


Bob Mickey - Jim Anzide

Carol - Nedra Gallegos

Tumor Tom - David Grammar

Muffy Jonesmith - Jessica Makinson

Electric Lucy - Katy Selverstone

Shelly Ann - Ally Wolfe

Travis - Tim Wright

Understudies - Wendy Abas, Anthony Backman, Jay Boyer, Alan Clark, Nancy Fawcett

Production Team:

Producers - Stan Weightman, Jr. , Michael Michetti

Set Design - Michael Allen

Costume Design - Sabrina Benson ,Mara West

Lighting Design - Michael E.R. Habicht , Eran James

Stage Manager - Moira J. Squier

Playwright - Dan Dietz

Director - Debbie Falb


Dates: October 19 – November 18, 2001

Location: Theatre/Theater


Dr. Aaron P. Tredwell - Chris LoPrete

Laura Treadwell - Gwyn Fawcett

The Saboteur - David Paul Wichert

Understudies - Amy Raymond, Tim Wright

Production Team:

Producers - Jenni Wieland and Tim Sabourin

Set Design - Robin Sanford Roberts

Costume Design - Dione H. Lebhar

Lighting Design - John P. Martin

Sound Design - James Grabowski

Stage Manager - Tim Wright


"Sketch comedy rubs shoulders with actual recordings of unfolding Hindenburg horrors, so actors must nimbly leap from style to style, but director Debbie Falb somehow pulls the disparate materials together in a funny and intriguing show." -LA Weekly.

Playwright - John Gardner (adapted by Paul Mullen)

Director - Jim Anzide


Dates: August 24 – September 22, 2001

Location: Open Fist Theatre


Beowulf - Karl Bury

Ensemble - James Caffery

Ensemble - Colin Doty

Grendel - David Grammer

Hygmod/Ensemble - Michael Hagerty

Hrothgar - Ted Haler

Ensemble - Alicia Martino

Unferth - Joel McHale

Ensemble - Tim Sabourin

Ensemble - Casey Smith

Shaper - Scott Tuomey

Wealtheow - Linda Bailey Walsh

Ensemble - Michaela Watkins

Dragon - Helen Wilson

Understudies - Tom Fiscella, Sarah Hartmann, Danielle O'Loughlin, Doug Sutherland, Jonathan Winn

Production Team:

Director - Jim Anzide

Assistant Director - Arianna Navarre

Producer - Ken Metz

Production Designer - Richard Augustine

Scenic Designer - Gary Smoot

Technical Director - Drew Rebelein

Fight Choreographer - Brian Reynolds

Puppet Designer - Leslie K. Gray

Puppet Builder - Gillian Harwood

Sound Designer - Kenny Klimak

Composer - Paul Hepker

Costume Designer - Sara Foster

Assistant Costume Designer - Sabrina Benson

Props - Frank "Speedy" Lopera

Lighting Designers - Ellen Monocroussos , Robert (Bobby) Fromer

Soundboard Operator - Josh Haber

Lightboard Operator - Stan Weightman, Jr.

House Manager - Amy Thiel

Assistant House Managers - Kate Asner , Lisa Alpi

Set Builders - Beret Malmgren , Toby Baker

Stage Manager - Maria Pavone

Assistant Stage Managers - Rachel Brenna, Jamie Bullock , Natalie Compagno


LA Weekly Awards:

Adaptation: Paul Mullin

Set design: Gary Smoot

Production Design

LA Weekly Awards Special Commendation:

Puppet design: Leslie K. Gray, Grendel


"I liked it a lot." - LA Weekly.

Playwright - Carlos A. Murillo

Director - Jonathan Westerberg


Dates: May 4 – June 2, 2001

Location: Hollywood Court Theatre


Friedrich Nietzche - Thomas Redding

Priest/Julius Klingbeil/Surgeon/Joseph Goebbels - Jeff Marlowe

Lou Salom/Mother/Surgeon - Suzanne Pirret

Elisabeth Nietzsche - Bridget White

Bernhard Foster - Rob Nagle

Morgenstern/Headmaster - Marius Mazmanian

Understudies - Rebecca Avery, David Franco, Julia Hamilton, William Salyers Jacob Sidney, Doug Sutherland

Production Team:

Directed by Jonathan Westerberg

Produced by Jacob Sidney

Assistant Director - Jenni Wieland

Set Design/Technical Director - Michael Allen

Master Electrician - D.P. Wichert

Helper Guy - Matthew Bretz

Lighting Design - Michael E.R. Habicht

Sound Design - Jason Brice

Additional Sound Engineering - Paul Hepker

Costume Design - Marina Leone

Property Design - Aaron Francis

Composer/Co-Sound Design - Tim Labor

Graphic Designer - Mark Hesselgrave

Scenic Artist - Gillian Harwood

Dramaturge - Jonathan Winn

House Manager - Sarah Lang

Sound Board Operator - Anastasia Basil

Light Board Operator - Emma Jane Mezher

Backstage Assistants - Brandon James, John Altieri, Ahmed Enani

Stage Manager - Maria Pavone


Backstage West Critic's Pick


"Provocative, well-acted." - LA Times.

"Another dynamic work by our town's most daring and ambitious theatre company, which continually strives to find intriguing new plays and pull whatever conventional stops necessary to present them to us. As always with Circle X, my hat's off for another bold and stunning artistic triumph." - Entertainment Today.

Playwright - Bertolt Brecht

Director - Michael Michetti


Dates: February 9 – March 11, 2001

Location: Actors' Gang Theatre


Young Edward - Sharon Bart

Abbot - Spencer Beglarian

Drummer - Stephanie Bettman

Younger Gurney - James Caffery

Anne - Jillian Crane

Baldock - Ahmed Enani

Kent - Joshua Haber

Mortimer - Dominic Hoffman

Archbishop - Travis Michael Holder

Gaveston - Brian McDonald

Lancaster/Rice ap Howell - Thomas Redding

Drummer - Paul Rudolph

Spencer - Todd Sible

Lightborn/James - Todd Tesen

Edward - Connor Trinneer

Elder Gurney - Bradley White

Production Team:

Directed and Designed by Michael Michetti

Produced by - Michael Seel

Assistant Director - Richard Neely

Assistant Stage Managers - Matt Bauer , Andrea Ruth

Co-Scenic Design - John Altieri

Lighting Design - Robert Fromer

Co-Costume Design - Pamela Shaw

Original Music - Paul Hepker

Original Drum Score - Paul Hepker , Paul Rudolph

Fight Choreography - Brian Reynolds

Graphic Designer - Rachel Flannigan

Photography - Michael Lamont

Program - Jonathan Winn

House Manager - Sarah Lang

Seamstress - Esther Smith

Wardrobe Assistant - Grace Yim

Production Stage Manager - Scott Cheek

Stage Manager - Holly Gabrielson


Backstage West Critic's Pick

LA Weekly Awards:

Supporting Male: Brian McDonald

Lighting design: Robert Fromer

LA Weekly Pick of the Week


"So powerful, so innovative, and so well acted, directed and staged, that it is hard to describe." - Tolucan Times

"If you think classic theatre is not for you, think again." - Nightlife Magazine

"Terrifying, ravishingly picturesque, and dramatically exciting." - Entertainment Today

"Circle X continues its courageous journey toward a unique and stunning place in the local theatre scene." - Park Labrea/Beverly Press 


Karen Hartman


Julia Hamilton


Dates: November 17 – December 16, 2000

Location: Hollywood Court Theatre


The Mother of Modern Censorship-Thuraya al-Ghindi - Jennifer Toffel

Samia Fahmi - Luck Hari

Khadiga Saad - Danielle O'Loughlin

Omar Hammouda -Matthew Allen Bretz

Rhami - Kiersten Van Horne

Lina - Wendy Abas

Inayat - Richard Augustine

Auntie - Jayne Taini

Young Man - Michael Hagerty

Understudies - Seth Cutler, Jodi Hahn, Todd Sible, Michaela Watkins"][colbreak]

Production Team:

The Mother of Modern Censorship

Directed by Jim Anzide


Directed by Julia Hamilton

Producer - Michael McColl

Production Manager - Jonathan Westerberg

Production Consultant - Matt Sweeney

Scenic Design - Gillian Harwood

Technical Director -Michael Allen

Costume Design - Mara West

Lighting Design - Michael E.R. Habicht

Master Electrician - David Wichert

Musical Score - Paul Hepker and Jonathan Westerberg

Vocal Score - Kim D. Sherman

Song Lyrics - Karen Hartman

Prop Master - Ken Metz

Sound Board Operator - Alanna Flanagan

Light Board Operator - Priscilla Sanders

Graphic Designer - Rachel Flanagan

Program - Jonathan Winn

Stage Manager - Rebecca Avery

Assistant Stage Manager - Andrea Ruth


"Adventurous, scrappy, and possibly word-class Circle X Theatre Company" - Backstage West"

A provocative and worthwhile evening." - Daily Variety


Alice Dodd , Jillian Armenante


Jillian Armenante


Dates: August 25 – September 30, extended through October 22, 2000

Location: The McCadden Place Theater


Headmaster-Sinai-Chief Sal-Captain - Jim Anzide

Aunt Agnes-Countess-Islander - Cindy Basco

Mrs. Bernely - Anastasia Basil

Lilly-Monk-Islander - Tom Beyer

(Unnamed Heroine) - Alice Dodd

Victorine-Ishtabey - Emma Jane Mezher

Dora-Olivette-Islander - Shannon O'Hurley

Hampstead Hamilton - William Salyers

Father-Marquis-Sailor-Priest - John Sylvain

Understudies: Wendy Abas, Richard Augustine, Peter Carrs, Nancy Fassett, Arianna Navarre, Jacob Sidney, Amy Thiel, Jennifer Toffel, David Paul Wichert

Production Team:

Director - Jillian Armenante

Assistant Director - Julia Hamilton

Co-Producers - Jim Anzide , Jillian Armenante

Production Manager - Tim Sabourin

Production Consultant - Matt Sweeney

Scenic Design - Gary Smoot

Scenic Painter - Gregory Music

Costume Design - M.E. Dunn

Lighting Design - Dan Weingarten

Sound Design - Jillian Armenante

Props Design - Michael Rainey

Assistant Props - Amy Thiel

Sound Board Operator - Beatrice Casini

Light Board Operator - Seth Cutler

Graphic Designer - Nicole Hagedorn

Graphics Editor - Mark Hesselgrave

Program - Jonathan Winn

Fight Consultants - The Thrown Gauntlet

Pious Holiday Music Composed and Performed By Chris Jeffries

Ishtabey Theme Composed and Performed By Ray Wilcox, Jillian Armenante

Stage Manager - Julia Hamilton


Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards:

Production Direction Writing Ted Schmitt Award (for outstanding world premiere of a new play)

L.A. Weekly Awards:

PlaywritingComedy Ensemble

LA Weekly Award Nominations:

5 total

LA Weekly Pick of the Week

Garland Awards:

Production Direction Writing Ensemble Lead Actress - Alice Dodd

Ovation Award nomination:

Featured Actress - Anastasia Basil

2000 Maddy Awards:

Playwriting Direction

LA Times Critics Choice


"Satiric meatloaf of an exceptionally tasty order." - LA Times

"A hilarious romp." - Backstage West

"In Flagrante Gothicto, a Gothic romance parody at a tiny Hollywood theater, landed seven Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nominations, more than any other production in this year's competition, the organization announced Tuesday. "--Don Shirley, Times Theater Writer

Fathers 3

Fathers 3

Playwright - Ivan Turganev (adapted by Brian Senter)

Directo - Michael Jaeger


Dates: April 8 – May 6, 2000

Location: The Space


Bazarov - Michael McColl

Arkady - Bill Harper

Masha/Adintsova - Gwyn Fawcett

Sasha/Katya - Julia Hamilton

Nikolai - Richard Augustine

Pavel/Butler - Jim Anzide

Porter/Kolyazin/Vassily - Thomas Redding

Booth Girl/Auntie Xenia/Arina - Annie Christianson

Dunyasha/Yevdoxia - Luck Hari

Prokovich/Governor/Timofyeich - Colin Doty

Pytor/Sitnikov - David Wichert

Fyenichka - Linnea Pyne

Understudies cast - Tom Elliott, Nancy Fassett, Heather Metcalf, Tim Sabourin, Paul Morgan Stetler, Dave Weinberg

Production Team:

Director - Michael Jaeger

Light Board Operator - Holly Gabrielson

Sound Board Operator - Lisa Alpi

Costume Crew - Catherine Vaughn

Associate Director - Linnea Pyne

Producer - Jonathan Westerberg

Production Deus Ex Machina - Michael Hagerty

Playwright - Brian Senter

Dramaturge - Camala Kirchen

Scenic Designers - Michael Allen, Gillian Harwood

Costume Designer - Marina LeonÃ

Lighting Designer - Dan Weingarten

Technical Director - Todd Sible

Composer - Paul Hepker

Prop Masters - Jim Anzide , Richard Augustine

Choreographer - Lynsey Jones

Music Director - Julia Azrael

Stage Manager - Tim Sabourin

Assistant Stage Manager - Beatrice Rose Casini


" . . . A voluptuous wallow in a Russian masterwork that delights the senses." - LA Times

"A heartbreaking illustration of the generation gap." - LA Weekly."An excellent, insightful stage adaptation of this sweeping work." - Variety.


Paul Mullin


Jonathan Westerberg and Jim Anzide


Dates: November 12 – December 18, 1999

Location: The Hollywood Court Theatre


Marion Cieslicki

Harry - Richard Augustine

Cleary/Black Soldier/Time Magazine Reporter - Daniel Bryant

Shreiber/Groves/Israel Slotin - John Combs

Louis Hempelmann/Allan Kline - Jeff Goldman

Alvin Graves/A.W. Betts/ Herman Lisco - Dexter Hamlett

Dwight Young/Oppenheimer/Physicist 2/Sam, Dreamer A/NY Times Editor - Chris LoPrete

Annamae Dickie - Ariana Navarre

Louis Slotin - William Salyers

Pearlman/Einstein, Bradbury/Kenneth Bainbridge/Physicist 1/Frank/Dreamer B - Tim Sabourin

Philip Morrison/The Lord - Connor Trinneer

Understudies - Jim Anzide, Mark Conley, Joe Tyler Gold, Luck Hari, Kellyn Jones, Mitchell McLean, Rob Nagle, Michael Reisz

Production Team:

Co-Director - Jonathan Westerberg

Co-Director/Producer - Jim Anzide

Set Designer - Gary Smoot

Costume Designer/Choreographer - Mara West

Lighting Designer - Dan Weingarten

Sound Designer - Peter Carlstedt

Technical Director - Gordon Capps

Lighting Lackey - Gwyn Fawcett

Running Crew - Angela Brazil , Brian Fogel

Stage Managers - Margot Bercy , Amy Thiel

Composer - Tim Labor

Properties Master - Jayne Taini

Assistant Properties Master - Jonathan Winn

Program Designe - Joe Tyler Gold

Postcard Designer - Mark Hesselgrave

Light Board Operator - Mike McColl

Sound Board Operator - Dave Weinberg


Backstage West

Critic's Pick

Don Shirley's Top Ten in LA Times

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle:Ted Schmidt Award to Paul Mullin for a "world premiere of an outstanding new play."


"Imaginative, gut-wrenching, thought-provoking, and, unexpectedly, highly amusing." - Backstage West: Susan M. Carr


Suzanne Maynard


Michael Michetti


Dates: July 30 – September 4, 1999

Location: The Hudson Guild Theatre


Beatrice - Wendy Abas

Daphne - Jody Hahn

Maid - Jayne Taini

Samuel - Karl Bury

Fiancà - Charlie Dell

Jake - Jacob Sidney

La Figure - Jolene Hjerleid

Understudies - Teresa Castracane, Michael Goodfriend, Sharon MacMenamin, Michael Strickland, Jennifer Toffel

Production Team:

Director - Michael Michetti

Assistant Director - Sarah Lang

Set Designer/Costume Designer - M.E. Dunn

Costume Assistant - Julia Hamilton

Composer - Paul Hepker

Set Designer - Charley McQuary

Lighting Designer - Adrienne Klotz

Fight Coordinator/Production Coordinator - Erin Fiedler

Production Coordinator - Bob Clendenin

Technical Director - Matthew Bretz

Properties Master - Jim Anzide

Properties Artisan - Richard Augustine

Score Mixing & Engineering - Adam Schiff

Sound Board Operator - Chris Loprete

Program Designer - Joe Tyler Gold

Postcard Designer - Mark Hesselgrave

Stage Manager - Vajdon Sohaili

Assistant Stage Manager - Jonathan Winn


"Visually witty staging." - LA Times


Anthony Clarvoe


Luck Hari


Dates: May 14 – June 19, 1999

Location: Stages Theatre


Farsted - Richard Augustine

Sharon/Erinn - Anne Christianson

Ann/Gail - Sarah Lang

Corey - Shannon O'Hurley

Seth - Paul Sandberg

Iris/Lucy - Eileen T'Kaye

Understudies - Jillian Crane, Charley McQuary, Sarah Rudinoff, Wendy Shapiro, Michael Strickland, Jennifer Toffel

Production Team:

Director - Luck Hari

Assistant Director - Jillian Crane

Set Designer - Albert Cox

Lighting Designer - Dan Weingarten

Assistant Lighting Designer - Deanna Hurst

Costume Designer - Mara West

Sound Designer - Jonathan Westerberg

Sound Engineer - Chad Harris

Properties Master - Robert Carin

Production Manager/Technical Director - Matt S. Sweeney

Light Board Operator - Frank Cappuccino

Sound Board Operator - James Panozzo

Wardrobe/Stage Crew, Program Designer - Joe Tyler Gold

Stage Manager - Todd Sible

Assistant Stage Manager - Sarah Anthony


Backstage West:

Critic's Pick

LA Weekly:

Pick of the Week


Critic's Choice


"If it is tough to face these themes onstage right about now, this Circle X production makes it worth the challenge." - Backstage West

"A rare bird--a new play that wraps intellectual complexity, emotional depth and theatrical derring-do into one tight and memorable package." - LA Times


Alexander Woo


Wade McIntyre


Dates: April 8 – 11, 1999

Location: Heliotrope Theatre


Lobster Boy Sherman, Professor Hobson, Lloyd, Harvey Sherman - Troy T. Blendell

Mitzi, Estelle Sherman, Mrs. Leavenworth - Kellynn Jones

Nathaniel Sherman, Stanley Sherman, Lefty, Werner - Chris Loprete

Marjorie, Marion Sherman, Claire - Linda Miller

Anna - Michelle Noh

Roy, Sally, Mr., Wiggins, Duffy - Kenny Rice

Doris Sherman - Jayne Taini

Artie Sherman - Bob Verini

Understudies - Spencer Beglarian, Chuck Constance, Judy Cosgrove, Jennifer Cottleer, Sarah Jakle, Linda Miller, Patrick Reed, Mark Truet

Production Team:

Director - Wade McIntyre

Assistant Director - Julia Hamilton

Set Production Team - David Holmes, Amy Raymond

Costume Designer - Mara West

Lighting Designer - Dan Weingarten

Technical Director - Todd Sible

Sound Designer - Jonathan Westerberg

Assistant Stage Manager - Sarah Jakle

Props Master - Todd Sible

Sound Engineer - Chad Harris

Production Manager - Matt S. Sweeney

Cover Art Design - Russell Koza

Program Designer - Joe Tyler Gold

Fight Choreography - Gwyn Fawcett

Cover Illustration - Christian Cooper

Dumpster-Diving - Jody Hahn , Vajdon Sohaili

Choreography/Additional Music - Chris Loprete

Orchestration - David Rodwin

Stage Manager - Julia Hamilton


Louis Broome


Allison Narver


Dates: October 9 – November 14, 1998

Location: The Los Angeles Playhouse


Emma - Cindy Basco

Cowboy Bob, Nurse Bob, Warden Bob, Father Bob - Todd Beadle

Eddie - Burton Curtis

Dallas - Alice Dodd

Morgan - Dina Gardner

Slim/Twitty - Kyle McCullough

Mr. Wickett/Truett - William Salyers

Mrs. Wickett/Patsy - Laura Kellogg Sandberg

Houston - Paul Morgan Stetler

Production Team:

Director - Allison Narver

Musical Direction/Co-Composer - Jonathan Westerberg

Set Designer - Gary Smoot

Lighting Designer - Matthew O'Donnell

Costume Designer - M.E. Dunn

Co-Composer - Little Jack Melody

Technical Director - D.P. Wichert

Scenic Painter - Adrienne Klotz

Assistant Lighting Designer - Bob Clendenin

Assistant Costume Designer - Annie Christianson

Production Manager - Erin Fiedler

Assistant Director - Luck Hari

Props - Melanie van Betten

Dramaturge - Sharon MacMenamin

Graphic Designer - Mark Hesselgrave

Stage Manager - Jeff Goldman


Backstage West Dramalogue:

Critic's Pick

Garland Award:

Matthew O'Donnell (Lighting)

LA Times:

Critic's Choice

LA Weekly:

Pick of the Week

LA Weekly Award Nomination:

Production of the Year

Nightlife Mag:

Pick of the Week


" . . . an invigorating and highly inventive piece of mind-stretching theatre that demonstrates why the reputation of this new company grows stronger with each production." - Frontiers (11/13/98)

"Clever writing and first-rate acting enable 'Texarkana Waltz' to spoof cowboys and trigger our emotions at the same time." -LA Times

"More than any other troupe on the L.A. theatre scene, Circle X - a group of savvy, embarrassingly talented artists, most with heavy regional credits and theatre degrees - raises the bar for local stage productions to a level of both sturdy professionalism and imaginative stagecraft that seems almost dangerously headily high." - Backstage West Dramalogue.


Aphra Behn


Michael Michetti


Dates: July 17 – August 23, 1998

Location: The Actors' Gang


Master of Revelry - Brad Spencer

Mistress of Revelry - Kelli Christine

The Spaniards

Don Pedro - David Wichert

Florinda - Wendy Abas

Hellena - Melanie van Betten

Valeria - Alisa Wilson

Callis - Donna Bacalla

Don Antonio - Vajdon Sohaili

Diego - Steve Garland

The Italians

Angellica - Gwyn Fawcett

Morella - Deanna Hurst

Biskey - Chris Loprete

Sebastian - Joe Tyler Gold

Lucetta - Anne Christianson

Phillipo - David Franco

Roses Woman - Sarah Lang

Stephano - John Guzzardo

The British

Willmore, The Rover - Michael Eric Strickland

Belville, a banished cavalier - Connor Trinneer

Frederick, a banished cavalier - Brett Ashton Baker

Blunt - Richard Augustine

Blunt's Boy - Teresa Castracane

Understudies: Anne Christianson, David Franco, Steve Garland, Deanna Hurst, Sarah Lang, Chris Loprete

Production Team:

Director - Michael Michetti

Assistant Director - Jeff Goldman

Production Manager - Shannon O'Hurley

Composer - Peter Carlson

Set Design - Jim Fitipaldi

Choreographer - Brian Frette

Costume Designer - Sean Sullivan

Lighting Designer - Dan Weingarten

Sound Designer - Jonathan Westerberg

Fight Choreographer - Randy Kovitz

Assistant Fight Choreographer - Erin Fiedler

Vocal/Dialect Coach - Judi Dickerson

Assistant Dialect Coach - Stephanie Sterns

Stage Manager - Matthew Allen Bretz

Assistant Stage Manager - Stacey Warner


" . . . A fine and worthy company" -Backstage

"Taking a page from Peter Brook's book, Michetti makes this Carnival a whirling visual treat, filled with dancers, prancers, stilit-walkers and fire-eaters." - LA Times


Glen Berger


Jillian Armenante



Dates: March 19--April 26, 1998

Location: Lost Studio Theatre


Chatelet: Alice Dodd

Vaucanson: Matthew Allen Bretz

Spallanzani: Jim Anzide

Condorcet: David Wichert

Lecat: Paul Morgan Stetler

Housekeeper: Melanie van Betten

Abbe: Bob Clendenin

Production Team:

Director: Jillian Armenante

Set Designer: Gary Smoot

Costume Designer: M.E. Dunn

Lighting Designer: Dan Weingarten

Sound Designers: Daniel Hakim and Mikael Sandgren

Music Selection: Jillian Armenante

Stage Manager: Anne Mulhall



Play/Smaller Theatre

Set Design/ Smaller Theatre

Costume Design/Smaller Theatre

LA Weekly:

Award for Best Production

Pick of the Week Backstage West

Critic's Pick LA Times Critics' Choice

Dramalogue Critic's Choice


“One of the most unusual, most thoughtful, most amusing plays seen in more than a decade of reviewing." - Park LaBrea News

"Told with wit and played with charm." - LA Times

" . . . This is a company worth watching and a production which exceeds the limitations imposed by an ambitious script." - Dramalogue 

Playwright - Jeff Goode

Director - John Lovick

Date 1998

Dates: December 5 – 22, 1996

Location: Hollywood Court Theatre


Dasher - Richard Augustine

Cupid - Doug Hutchison

Hollywood - Jim Anzide

Blitzen - Gwyn Fawcett

Comet - Matthew Allen Bretz

Dancer - Melanie van Betten

Donner - Bob Clendenin

Vixen - Alisa Wilson

Production Team:

Director - John Lovick

Assistant Director - Paul Plunkett

Lighting Designer - Cheryl Waters

Costume Designer - Denise Caplan

Stage Manager - Jenifer Hamel


Critic's Choice in Dramalogue Magazine

FOUR 1996 Dramalogue Outstanding Achievement Awards

LA Weekly Pick of the Week


'I was assigned to review a new holiday show entitled The Eight, a story of Santa's reindeer. I did not expect it to be one of the most memorable theatre experiences of my tenure as an L.A. critic, but it was indeed that."-- Tom Provezano, Freelance Critic for LA Weekly, Backstage West/Dramalogue

Playwright - Scott Organ

Director - Martha McFarland


Dates: June 20 – July 20, 1997

Location: Hollywood Court Theatre


Jackie - Gwyn Fawcett

Joey - Matthew Allen Bretz

The Guy - Bob Clendenin

Davy - Richard Augustine

Bruce - Jim Anzide

Clair - Melanie van Betten

Production Team:

Director - Martha McFarland

Assistant Stage Manager - Todd Henry

Set Designer - Ryan Cassidy

Set Designer - Joanne Baker

Lighting Designer - Rob Shirreffs

Costume Designers - Julie Carnahan, David King

Sound Designer - David Hakim

Stage Manager - Karen Cornwell


The acting is grand all around under Martha McFarland's fluid and eloquent direction."- Backstage West