Circle Mirror Transformation

Posted by on May 12, 2011 | One Comment

So it’s a dark and lonely night, it would be cold but we’re apparently having one of those early May heat waves where it gets to be 90+ Fahrenheit.  So you’re bummed and want to know what is going on in the La Crosse area for things to do.  Then it pops into your head, “Circle Mirror Transformation”!  Now that sounds like a great evening.  Here’s an excerpt from the Pump House:

A play by Annie Baker

Enjoy great theater?

Then don’t miss the Pump House production of Circle Mirror Transformation!

About the play: “Annie Baker’s play is an absolute feast.  Circle Mirror Transformation is the kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word.  The play traces the lives of a handful of small-town Vermont residents who gather each week for an acting class taught at the local community center.  By the play’s end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the artificial intimacy of the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways.”   –  The New York Times

About this production: Directed by Anne Drecktrah, the Pump House production of Circle Mirror Transformation features Suzanne Young, Ken E. Brown, Kendall Yorkey, Joe Corcoran, and Allyssa Dunn.  The talents of Ryan Soberg (Assistant Director), Travis Michaels (Stage Manager), Lee Hafemann (Set Designer), Jim Gutzke (Technical Director), Michelle Collyar (Costume Coordinator), Patty Nix (Props), and Katie Carter (Music) make this a “must see” event!


Performance dates: May 20-21, May 27-28, and June 2-5.  All shows at 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday, June 5th matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Get tickets below or call 608-785-1434.

Now you can’t actually get tickets here below, but you can go to their website at and find them there.  I had the pleasure of working with director Anne Drecktrah and the cast in creating the headshots they would be using for their bio’s.  I’d quote Anne here but I’m afraid I won’t be word perfect, but she explained to me that she’s not a fan of your standard headshots.  We tossed a few ideas around, and settled on basing the headshots on the actor’s actual bio’s.

Normally the bio (biography) you would find in the program consists of how happy the actor is to be performing in their current role and describes all the amazing roles they’ve had before, or the most recent/famous ones when the list is long.  Anne wanted to go in a different direction, and instead had the actors focus on moments in their acting careers that were very special to them.  You can see this in their photos, where they have each included a prop that takes them back to those special moments.  Anne’s creativity has certainly sparked an intriguing set of headshots and I’m sure will also help her guide the cast in a wonderful direction.  I’m very excited to see the show!

So if you’re bored, love theatre, or just want to support the arts, please stop on over to the Pump House for one of their many performances.  Order tickets ahead of time, you never know what’s going to be sold out!

1 Comment

  1. Edwina
    May 22, 2011

    Hey, this is actually a really awesome and creative way to promote your business.


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