Outside the Circle

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Written by Andrea Assaf & Samuel Valdez


Directed by Dora Arreola


Performed by Andrea Assaf, Samuel Valdez and Maria Vale


Lighting Design by G.B. Stephens


Sound Design by Owen Henry & Keegan Fraley


Stage Management by Alyssa Teale Richards


OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE, a new play by Andrea Assaf and Samuel Valdez, examines the nature of love, and what happens to love when we internalize society’s phobias. A straight man with cerebral palsy and a queer woman recount their adventures, and share their woes, of unrequited love, and unsuccessful attempts to seduce (straight) women. Their lives on both sides of the border intersect one night when they meet at a Tijuana bar, and become entwined in each other’s stories. Their parallel and interweaving tales reveal the illusions of normalcy, and the liberation possible when choosing life … outside the circle.


This new movement theater work, directed by Dora Arreola, looks at queerness in multiple ways, from lesbian sexuality to the non-normative experience of living with a disability, and offers a rare and extraordinary opportunity to bring people together across identities and communities. A funny, heart-breaking, experimental piece about the trials and tribulations of love – one that illuminates the limits of social constructs and opens the question of liberation in new ways – OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE looks at what happens when people who experience different kinds of oppression realize that they haven’t necessarily supported each other’s struggles. It explores how these characters resolve their contradictions of racial/cultural identity, sexual/gender identity, and the identities we develop related to physical ability.


OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE is an Art2Action Inc. production, co-commissioned by Pangea World Theater, the Esperanza Center for Peace & Justice, El Centro Su Teatro, and the National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund. Created with support from the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC) and United States Artists.

Photos by Marc Norberg & G.B. Stephens, at Intermedia Arts & Jump-Start Performance Co.  Filmed by SubMecca Entertainment at Intermedia Arts, with Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis.  Video sample created by Art2Action Inc., copyright 2012.



Press  & Reviews

Outside is WILD! Crazy! Unpredictable! Dangerous...

by Tanya Mote, May 11, 2012 


‘Outside the Circle' is smart, thought-provoking

By Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express News / My-SA, Thursday, July 5, 2012


"Outside the Circle" explores unrequited love and living outside of "normal"

By Sheila Regan, Twin Cities Daily Planet, March 14, 2012


'Outside the Circle' grew out of writers' personal experiences
By Mary Ann Grossmann, Pioneer Press, March 13, 2012


Past Tours

November 2012 - Morphologies: Queer Performance Festival

Presented by Pangea World Theater & Twenty Percent Theater November 16 and 17, 2012 at Intermedia Arts Minneapolis, MN

July 2012 - Tour: Esperanza Center & Jump-Start Performance Co.

June 29-July 8, 2012, presented by co-commissioner, the Esperanza Center for Peace & Justice, in partnership with Jump-Start Performance Co., at the Blue Star Theatre in San Antonio, TX.

May 2012 - Tour: El Centro Su Teatro

May 10-12, 2020, at El Centro Su Teatro, Denver, CO.

March 2012 - Premiere! Pangea World Theatre & Teatro del Pueblo

March 15-17, 2012, presented by co-commissioner Pangea World Theater, in partnership with Teatro del Pueblo, at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN.

Early Work-in-Progress: Staged Reading @ Centro Cultural de la Raza

Outside The Circle - A New Play Exploring the Frontiers of Love and Desire - filmed by Victor Payan @ Centro Cultural de la Raza, December 28, 2011, San Diego, CA.

June 2013 - Staged Reading @ San Diego Rep

Staged Reading: Amigos Del REP series, San Diego Repertory / Lyceum Theatre, San Diego, CA.

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OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Pangea World Theater, El Centro Su Teatro, the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, and NPN. For more information, visit www.npnweb.org