About Open Circle Theatre


“He drew a circle to shut us out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout;
But love and I had the wit to win,
We drew a Circle that took him in.”
Edwin Markham


To REACH the Unreachable Star!


We are so proud of our fall 2016 production of The Who’s Tommy and thank all of you who came out to see our comeback show.  While producing Tommy, we realized that not everyone was familiar with Open Circle’s history and mission.  So here’s how we’re going to fix that…

To Reach the Unreachable Star graphic

September 15, 16 & 17
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.  |  Sunday at 2 p.m.
Silver Spring Black Box Theatre
8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910

To REACH the Unreachable Star: an Open Circle Theatre Retrospective, written by T. Chase Meacham and Suzanne Richard, weaves together songs and scenes from prior and planned shows (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Songs for a New World, The Who’s Tommy and Man of La Mancha) into a new production to celebrate the rich past of Open Circle in the context of the disability rights movement; and build excitement and funding for its future. It will be 90 minutes of song, dance, and humor that you will never forget! Direction by Suzanne Richard, Music Direction by Jake Null (leading a live six-piece band!), Choreography by Kelly King, courtesy of Dance Exchange, Produced by Paula Sweeney, and featuring a fantastic cast led by Open Circle favorite Rob McQuay. Full list of cast and creative team on the Current Production page.

This retrospective is a fundraising musical and theatrical production. All donations are tax deductible. Reception and silent auction after each show. A $50 suggested donation (or more!) pays for your entry. Please do one of the following:

• Click “Donate Online” at http://opencircletheatre.org/donate/. Complete the information. In the Comments box at the bottom of the page type “Retrospective” and the date you’ll be attending: Sept. 15, 16 or 17. This will be your RSVP! We’ll have your name on a list at the door.
• If you’d prefer not to donate online, we need to know you’re coming so RSVP via OCTRetroRSVP@gmail.com or 240-683-8934 and pay by cash, check or credit card at the door. If you are experiencing difficulty using the gmail link, you can also copy and paste this address into your email.

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9/1 Update: We’re excited to announce that Scot McKenzie, set designer, will be auctioning off pieces that he’s created for the show. Scot’s specialties include metal sculpture, bronze and stainless steel. Check out his website to get a taste of his unique style and gorgeous handiwork at http://www.ScotMckenzie.carbonmade.com.

Visit our Facebook page for daily updates about the production, that will run 90 minutes with no intermission!

Susie in front of Silver Spring Black BoxView Retrospective promo video

Open Circle Theatre (OCT) is Washington DC’s first professional theatre dedicated to producing professional productions that integrate the considerable talents of artists with disabilities. OCT was formed by a group of people with and without disabilities, who possess professional theater experience, love of the theater, and a commitment to full access for all persons in every opportunity our community has to offer.


Paula Sweeney – Doretha Dixon – Monica Lijewski –
Dr. Kathryn T. Farley – Timothy Zimmerman


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Open Circle Theatre
(Office) 500 King Farm Blvd., #102
Rockville, MD 20850
Voice: 240/683-8934

Email: info@opencircletheatre.org