Oracle Theatre presents


adapted by Emma Stanton, Nigel O’Hearn and Thom Pasculli
from the play FULL CIRCLE by Charles Mee
directed by Thom Pasculli

January 24 – March 14, 2015
Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights at 8PM
Sunday nights at 7PM



All photos by Joe Mazza, Brave Lux.


An American woman abroad is mistakenly left holding the newborn child of the First Secretary of the Communist Party as the Berlin Wall comes crashing down. In the confusion of revolution, she decides to escape the chaos and corruption to raise the child in the safe embrace of the West. When the baby’s mother returns to challenge the true maternity of the child, CIRCLE-MACHINE paints the conflict as a question of Capitalism’s self-proclaimed supremacy in the world. Don’t miss this frenetic, World Premiere adaptation that borrows its story from FULL CIRCLE by Charles Mee, which borrows from the 13th century Chinese zaju play, “The Chalk Circle”, which also inspired Bertolt Brecht and a host of other artists throughout the ages. After receiving a 2014 Jeff Award nomination for Best New Adaptation (Core of the Pudel at Trap Door), Thom Pasculli brings his fierce style of physical theatre to Oracle for a ground-shaking look at humanity in collapse.  This frenzied new production is adapted by Emma Stanton, Nigel O’Hearn and Thom Pasculli, and features original music by Jeff Award-winning composer, Nicholas Tonozzi.

A special thanks to Mr. Mee for the encouragement.  You can support The (Re) Making Project by visiting – all of his texts are free for the public to adapt!

CIRCLE-MACHINE is also participating in Chicago Theatre Week – February 12-22, 2015.  Over 100 productions will be available at reduced prices: some will be free (including CIRCLE-MACHINE) and others will be $15 or $30.  Visit for all the info.



DeChantel Kosmatka* – Pamela
Jamie Bragg* – Mapmaker
Stephanie Shum – Dulle Griet
Simina Contras – Christa
Alexandria Miller – Ursula
Pavi Proczko – Helmut
Kevin V. Smith – Heiner Muller
Martel Manning – Warren
Ryan David Heywood – Hermann
Jeremy Trager – Werner

Live music is provided by Sam Allyn
Mark Pontarelli is understudy.


Director – Thom Pasculli
Adapted by Emma Stanton, Nigel O’Hearn and Thom Pasculli
Composer and Music Director – Nicholas Tonozzi
Costume Design – Joan Pritchard*
Scenic Design – James Ogden*
Lighting Design – Michael Banks
Sound Design – Andrew Rovner
Dummy Design – Taylor Bibat
Props Design – Dina Klahn
Makeup Design – Thomas Wynne
Map Illustrator – Dav Yendler
Fight Captain – Martel Manning

Producer – Taylor Bibat
Stage Manager – Deirdre Connelly
Technical Director – Justin Snyder*
Assistant Director – Elyse Dolan
Graphics Designed by Evelyn DeHais
Casting Director – Lyndsay Kane

Max Truax* is Artistic Director
Ben Fuchsen* is Executive Producer
Brad Jayhan-Little* is Executive Director

*denotes Oracle Company Member


Graphic design by Evelyn DeHais