2014/2015 Resident Theatre Company: Circle Circle dot dot
La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to announce Circle Circle dot dot (CCdd) as its 2014/2015 resident theatre company. Spearheaded by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the Resident Theatre Program aims to encourage the artistic development of performing arts organizations, while advancing and contributing to the San Diego theatre scene as a whole. The program provides a temporary home each year to one of the many local companies without a permanent venue. The Resident Theatre Program is an annual appointment at La Jolla Playhouse. In addition to performance space, the Playhouse provides lighting and sound support and is available to offer marketing and development advice. Previous resident theatre appointees include Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company, MOXIE Theater, San Diego Asian American Repertory Theater, Eveoke Dance Theatre and Teatro Máscara Mágica.
Circle Circle dot dot engages audiences by creating original theatre devised from the stories of our community. They aim to bring theatre back to the root of what has always made it important: the ability to allow the world to see and understand itself through stimulating, informative, and highly entertaining art. The company is made up of a group of performance artists, writers, directors, puppeteers, designers and musicians who have come together to function as a Collaborative Community-Based Theatre. Established in 2010, CCdd is both collaborative within the company and with outside artists who are willing to give additional perspective to a theatrical experience. Each performance is created completely from scratch by collecting stories and interviews with members of our community and then creating a script that is fleshed out in workshop rehearsals before ever hitting a stage. They take stories that are informative and insane, as well as thought-provoking and delusional, in order to bridge gaps in communication and understanding of our fellow man.
As part of their 2014/2015 "Season of Science," Circle Circle dot dot will be presenting two productions during their Playhouse residency. In the fall, they will present the San Diego premiere of Red Planet Respite, written and developed by CCdd Artistic Director Katherine Harroff, in collaboration with Soroya Rowley, Patrick Young, Karen Knierman, the Arizona State University School of Theatre, Film and Dance, the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Mars Space Flight Facility. In the year 2044, GlobalCom Venture Capitals, an American corporation, has developed the first interactive resort experience on Mars with the Marsimerica space research institution. Red Planet Respite is the story of the premiere crew sent to test out the luxurious resort intended for the socially elite. An unexpected phenomenon that takes place in the universe during their voyage forces the crew to face consequences and psychological extremities they could never prepare for.
In the spring, the company will be developing a world-premiere earth-sciences production based on the exceptional lives of California native animal life with the help of San Diego-based Environmental Preservation specialist Michael Nieto. The currently untitled piece will feature puppetry, clowning, dance, music and more.