Performance: October 19 - November 18, 2017
By Greg Edwards and Andy Sandberg
On the day applications are due at Edgely Prep, an elite Manhattan private
school, the head of admissions is ousted in a scandal. Christine Evans, a
Kindergarten assistant, is unexpectedly thrust into the job. With phones
ringing off the hook, she must balance beleaguered applicants, incompetent
administrators, and an army of parents who will stop at nothing to get their
kids in. Greg Edwards & Andy Sandberg's comedy, Application Pending, explores
the cutthroat world of kindergarten admissions and what it ultimately means to
be a good parent.
Circle's production is directed by Jennifer Engler and features Janelle Lutz*
(Christine Evans, and over 40 other characters).
Circle Theatre's production team members include Megan Beddingfield* (Stage
Manager/Prop Design), Clare Floyd DeVries (Set Design), John Leach (Lighting
Design), David H.M. Lambert (Sound Design), and Sarah Tonemah (Costume Design).
Application Pending runs approximately 90 minutes without an intermission. Visit
http://circletheatre.com/shows/application for more information. Performance
Rights for Application Pending are handled exclusively by Steel Spring Stage
*Member of Actors' Equity Association
About the Playwrights
Greg Edwards (Playwright) wrote the scripts for Application Pending and
Craving for Travel (Off-Broadway, co-written with Andy Sandberg), lyrics
for Neurosis: A New Musical (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, SALT Award for Best New
Musical), and book and lyrics for Taking the Plunge (NYMF, Samuel French OOB
Festival) and Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime (Samuel French OOB
Festival). He has collaborated with Marvin Hamlisch (White House Governors'
Dinner, Mr. Hamlisch's holiday tour) and Arthur Laurents (Love Affair). Greg's
essays are published in Avidly (Los Angeles Review of Books) and McSweeney's,
and his game Jessica Plunkenstein and the Dusseldorf Conspiracy (NYT "Best
Adventure Game of the Year") was published by PC Gamer UK. Honors and
approximations thereof include the BMI Harrington Award, Fred Ebb Award
(two-time finalist), and Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship (top-12 semifinalist).
Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, belongs to the BMI Workshop, and can be
stalked most effectively at GregEd.com.
Andy Sandberg (Playwright) is a writer, director, actor, and Tony
Award-winning producer. He has written the scripts for Application Pending
and Craving for Travel (co-authored with Greg Edwards), and he directed their
world premieres off-Broadway. Application Pending received the BroadwayWorld
Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and a Drama Desk Award nomination for
Outstanding Solo Show. Other directing credits include the world premieres of
Operation Epsilon (Four IRNE Awards, including Best Play, Best Director),
Shida (AUDELCO nominations, Best Director and Best Musical) The Last Smoker
in America, Zelda at the Oasis, R.R.R.E.D. and Bernice Bobs Her Mullet. He
has been represented on Broadway as a producer of HAIR (2009 Tony Award; also
London), The Best Man (2012 Tony nomination), and The Realistic Joneses. Also
as producer: A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane); Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate
Factory, London; dir. Hal Prince/Susan Stroman); Pageant (Drama Desk
nomination - Best Revival), and Vigil. B.A. Yale University. AndySandberg.com
About the Director
Jennifer Engler (Director) has appeared at Circle Theatre as an actor in
productions of: Hope and Gravity, Miracle on South Division Street, Marvin's
Room, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. She is thrilled to be returning to Circle
Theatre as a Director having last directed According to Goldman by Bruce Graham.
Jennifer is an associate professor at Texas Christian University, where she
teaches various levels of acting, auditioning, movement, and dance. Mrs.
Engler has directed productions of The Crowd You're in With, A Chorus Line,
Assassins, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Seussical the Musical, Noises Off,
Anatomy of Gray, Brighton Beach Memoires, Spelling Bee, and
A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine for Theatre TCU.
She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer's
Society, a certified yoga instructor, and is trained in Laban. She received a
BFA degree in Theatre from Emporia State University and an MFA in Acting from
Michigan State University
About Circle Theatre
Founded in 1981 by Rose Pearson and Bill Newberry, Circle Theatre is currently
producing its 36th season of live theatre in Fort Worth. Circle Theatre's
mission is the advocacy of contemporary plays rarely seen in this community.
Circle is committed to presenting professional, innovative theatre in an
intimate setting. The Theatre is partially supported by the City of Fort Worth;
the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; the Texas Commission on the
Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Further support comes from the
Amon G. Carter Foundation; Communities Foundation of Texas; Fifth Avenue
Foundation; Ann L. and Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust - Bank of America,
NA; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.
To read Circle Theatre's full history visit:
Circle Theatre History.
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