Season Announcement

Circle Theatre's 2022 season takes Fort Worth audiences for a roll in the hay

Circle Theatre's 2022 season takes FW audiences for a roll in the hay

Young Frankenstein the musical on Broadway
Young Frankenstein will come alive during summer 2022. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Circle Theatre's 41st season includes a musical cabaret, a dark comedy, a musical comedy, a  modern classic, and a regional premiere — definitely a lot for audiences to look forward to in 2022.

"Thank you to our loyal community of patrons, artists, and collaborators who have stood by and supported Circle Theatre during the COVID-19 pandemic," says Circle's executive director Tim Long. "How exciting is it to now announce a full season for 2022? Our five productions are unique enough that every time you descend our stairs, a different live theatrical experience awaits."

It all starts with a new cabaret from local playwright and performer Denise Lee, co-written by director Monique Midgette, called Pressure Makes Diamonds.

They say diamonds are forever, they say diamonds are a girl's best friend, and they say that the quality of a diamond is determined by the Four C's: color, cut, carat, and clarity. They also say that the process to unearth a diamond's full beauty takes a tremendous amount of pressure.

This original production will shine a bright light on a diamond's similarities to life. Lee, recently seen at Circle Theatre in The Glass Menagerie, with the help of her band, will touch your soul with a collection of songs from many classic artists you know and love. It runs January 13-29, 2022.

Michael Hollinger's An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf is next, directed by Long. On a hot July night in 1961, we await the imminent arrival of Victor, the Cafe's owner and sole patron. But when "Monsieur" returns from the bullfights in Madrid, disheveled and morose, his wish is simple: to die of starvation at his own table.

In an effort to thwart his attempt, his loyal staff prepares a sumptuous seven-course meal served on empty plates. Will they succeed in ultimately feeding his soul? It runs March 10-April 2, 2022.

It's alive! From Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers, comes the monstrously mad musical Young Frankenstein, directed by Joel Farrell.

Frederick Frankenstein reluctantly inherits his infamous family's estate in Transylvania. Urged on by hunchbacked sidekick Igor and leggy lab assistant Inga, Frederick finds himself fulfilling his grandfather's corpse-raising legacy. It runs June 16-July 23, 2022.

Wambui Richardson directs August Wilson's Fences, a sensational drama that was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and numerous New York Drama Critics and Tony awards.

Troy Maxson, a former star baseball player, is excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime.

Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife, who re-evaluates their marriage when Troy comes home with a baby he fathered with another woman, and his son, who now wants his own chance to become a football star.  It runs September 1-24, 2022.

Kodachrome is a co-production with Theatre TCU, written by Adam Szymkowicz and directed by Jennifer Engler.

Welcome to Colchester, a small town where everybody knows everybody and the pace of life allows the pursuit of love to take up as much space as it needs. Our tour guide Suzanne, the town photographer, allows us a peek into her neighbors' lives to catch glimpses of romance in all its stages of development.

It's a play about love, nostalgia, the seasons, and how we learn to say goodbye. It runs October 27-November 19, 2022.

The High School Playwriting Project will take place in the spring of 2022, while Circle Theatre's annual fundraiser Holiday Punch is scheduled for December 10, 2022.

Individual ticket prices for the plays are $27-$40, with preview performance tickets $20-$25. There is a $5 upcharge per ticket for Young Frankenstein.

Call 817-877-3040 for further information and reservations, or visit CircleTheatre.com to buy tickets online.