The mission of The Open Circle Theatre Company is to awaken people to their highest creative, moral, and spiritual potential through daring production of the greatest classic and original plays from around the world.
Our logo, the enso, is a Zen symbol signifying the state of enlightenment, or “no-mind.” Its open form represents the possibility of continual development and perfection.
The shape of the open circle also evokes that of the amphitheater in Ancient Greece, where humanity’s first democrats came together to examine themselves as a species and a society.
We are open to all. We build community and give back to our community.
Waiting for Godot
by Samuel Beckett
Directed and Produced by Daniel J. Wilner
Named “the most significant play of the 20th century” in a poll of theatre professionals, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is a hilarious, moving, disquieting exploration of human existence. The play follows two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, as they pass the time waiting for a mysterious figure who could save them from their troubles.
This distinctive production will be staged in the round in a small black–box theatre, creating an intimacy between audience and performers that will offer a unique experience of the play’s empathy and humanity.
Starring Tommy Day Carey, Douglas Scott Sorensen, Joseph Culliton, Perry Powell, and Nick and Jack Brody
"More effective than the version of Godot I saw directed by Beckett himself."
~ Scott Carter, playwright and Executive Producer, Real Time with Bill Maher
"Such a dynamic, humorous, and soulful exploration of Beckett's enduring words."
~ Chris Meledandri, producer of Despicable Me, Minions, and Sing
The Open Circle Theatre Company "rolls the dice on this spirited production and comes up a winner."
~ Stage Raw LA
WHO WE ARE
We come from many different disciplines and countries, but we are united by the same spirit.
We believe that art makes life possible and worth living.
We believe that art should be an ax for the frozen sea within us.
We believe art should help us not merely survive but endure.
Founder & Artistic Director
Daniel J. Wilner is a writer, director, and producer of theatre, film, and television. He studied Philosophy at Harvard, and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Along the way, he worked extensively in the theatre, most notably playing the title role in Hamlet and directing Beckett shorts, Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman.
He is currently developing several film and television projects with executive producer Mark Gordon. Dan has made short films for the Bravo! Channel, the National Film Board of Canada, and Aeon digital magazine. His latest short, “Michael Lost and Found,” will be released on Netflix in 2017.