CHESTERTOWN — On Aug. 23, director Bonnie Hill will be opening a new show at the Garfield Center for the Arts; Annie Baker’s, “Circle Mirror Transformation.”

The play takes place in Shirley, Vt., where Marty, an acting teacher, holds an “Adult Creative Drama” class at the local community center. The people who sign up for the class are Schultz, a recently divorced carpenter; Lauren, a reserved high school junior; Teresa, a former actress; and Marty’s husband James. Marty takes the “students” through various acting and dramatic exercises; they act like trees, beds and baseball gloves. In one exercise, they act as one another and tell their life stories.

The New York Times reviewer called the play “absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny.”

The cast is as follows:

Marty will be played by Christine Kinlock, James played by Bob Chauncy, Schultz played by Bryan Zajchowski, Theresa played by Sharon Herz, and Lauren played by Brianna Johnson and Phebe Wood on alternating weekends.

The show runs for three weekends, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Aug. 23 to Sept. 8.

“Circle Mirror Transformation” is sponsored in part by Eastman Chemical Company.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors 65 and older and members of the U.S. Military, and $10 for students. They are available online at or by calling the Garfield Center box office at 410-810-2060.

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