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Circuit Theatre brings new Kuntz play to the stage

John Kuntz’s script is Circuit Theatre Company’s first commissioned play.

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John Kuntz’s script is Circuit Theatre Company’s first commissioned play.

The Circuit Theatre Company on Saturday is unveiling “The Annotated History of the American Muskrat” in the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. And while the big muskrat suit some cast members wear over the course of the show might be enough of a draw, the production has another selling point.

The script is a commission, the five-year-old company’s first ever, from local actor and playwright John Kuntz (“The Whale”), who previously won Elliot Norton awards for best new script in 2010 for “The Salt Girl” and 2011 for “The Hotel Nepenthe.”

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“Basically it is a journey through an alternative American history,” says director Skylar Fox. “It was developed for this cast of eight actors, with Johnny in the rehearsal room the whole time.”

Circuit is a young company — the cast is between 18 and 24 years old, Fox says — and while the play will be staged in the Virginia Wimberly Theatre at the Calderwood, it’s different than you might expect. The cast is on the stage, the audience is in the wings, and the curtain is closed at least part of the time. But anyone who saw Bridge Repertory Theater’s production of “The Libertine” in that configuration last September knows how well it can work.

Tickets to “The Annotated History of the American Muskrat,” which runs through Aug. 16, are $20; call 617-933-8600 or go to www.bostontheatrescene.com.

Joel Brown can be reached at jbnbpt@
gmail.com.
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