SUMMIT, NJ - Alliance Repertory Theatre Company in Summit will stage Annie Baker's 'Circle Mirror Transformation', the story of five strangers in a small town in Vermont who embark on a unique journey lead by a free-spirited and supportive acting coach. Performances begin May 31 and run through June 15.

Acting instructor Marty (Lauri MacMillan) helms a weekly adult acting class comprised of a recently divorced, carpenter named Schultz (Jason Kruk), a vibrant former actress Teresa (Jackie Jacobi), Marty’s quiet husband James (Glen D. Post), and Lauren (Brooke Stephenson), a self-conscious high schooler. Through a series of seemingly trivial acting exercises, quiet wars are waged, emotional wounds are nursed, and healing is finally, and slowly, able to begin. Playwright Baker takes the audience on a transcendent journey through the mundane into the profound. 

“It seems so simple - strangers performing theatre games, but the reality turns out to be moving, revealing, and ultimately life-changing, for all the characters,” says Director John A.C. Kennedy. “And these remarkably talented actors bring so much of their own honest selves to the roles that one cannot help but be personally impacted.”

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'Circle Mirror Transformation runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Thursday, June 13 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. at MONDO. For ticket reservations and information, visit

MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue.