Taos Onstage delivers 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

A play about beauty in the ordinary

By Tamra Testerman
Posted 2/19/20

Taos Onstage board president Charlotte Keefe said a few years ago she read and put aside the script of their current production "Circle Mirror Transformation'' by Annie Baker.

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Taos Onstage delivers 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

A play about beauty in the ordinary

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Taos Onstage board president Charlotte Keefe said a few years ago she read and put aside the script of their current production "Circle Mirror Transformation'' by Annie Baker.

Keefe is all too familiar with the challenges of staging a production with an all-volunteer cadre. A theater veteran herself, she is the person who is called when "there are difficulties. Winter is more challenging." Before rehearsals begin, Taos Onstage creates an actor-friendly schedule, according to Keefe, by asking, "When can you not rehearse? It is a three- or four-month process, so we develop a schedule that will accommodate."

She continued to say, "I love our actors and our audiences - that is why we do this."

The stars aligned this year with the right director, the right cast and the right stage, and the play opened last weekend to a robust turnout at the theater.

According to the Taos Onstage website, the play is about five strangers in a creative drama class for adults. Circle Mirror Transformation is one game played onstage as a "tool to enhance focus, creativity, confidence, teamwork, communication and connection. Baker gives us a play about real people exploring their lives through tiny leaps of faith and creativity. And while actors play those people, they behave like real people. What they have to say is awkward and funny, sometimes lovely, sometimes sad. There is beauty in the ordinary. 'Circle Mirror Transformation' is an oddly conventional play in which game-playing is infused with truth-telling. The circle completes, and we know the people that don't exist."

The play opened Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons on Oct. 13, 2009 and received the Obie Award for Best New American Play.

Tempo caught up with Taos thespian Irene Loy, the busy director of the play. Here is what she had to say:

It's February in Taos - how does this impact the rehearsal process?

It was difficult casting during the holiday season, and snow days have impacted rehearsal, but overall we've been trucking right along since New Year's.

What surprises have you discovered directing this play?

That it's so brilliantly written, it can be read - and heard - many times. That the ways we're all awkward with one another in everyday life are dear, when you look at them.

What was behind your decision to direct it?

I practice a lot of improv here in Taos with Improv Medicine and a lot of theater-making with Taos Onstage. Directing this play was an opportunity for me to combine improv and scripted theater worlds.

How was the casting process?

It took five auditions to cast five actors, but we got them! A big shout out to KNCE on-air radio interviews, which helped us recruit a full cast.

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