Hooping: Not Just for Children

Within the first four scenes of Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation, two characters have to hula hoop onstage. While hula hooping is definitely a fun game to play when we’re six years old, hula hooping at the age of 20 seems a little more challenging. As we rehearsed the scene, it seemed like hula hooping would prove difficult for our two actors. The character who owns the hula hoop, Theresa, a 35 year old actress, is an expert “hooper,” as she calls herself. James, a 60 year old economics professor, who also has to hula hoop in the play, does not have to be very good at it, but he has to at least hoop for a few seconds.

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