Comedy with a Message – Superior Donuts Explores the Past in Order to Change the Future at Circle Theatre

Circle Theatre continues their 67th Main Stage season with a production of Superior Donuts opening on Thursday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Aquinas College. Superior Donuts is brought to the
Circle stage by Production Sponsor Steelcase and is rated R for strong language and adult situations.

Under the direction of Mike Hull, Superior Donuts tells the story of Arthur, a Polish – American, who owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco Wicks, a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better. This comedy-drama by Tony® Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tracy Letts explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.

“This is a show about being stuck in life. Stuck because of past mistakes, stuck because of one’s upbringing or background, or maybe stuck because of a crippling anxiety, guilt or fear. This is a show about overcoming these paralyses in order to find freedom, even when opposed by literal violence.” – Andrew Manion, Cast Member (Kevin Magee)

“Our show is the story of the American Dream as told by ordinary people. If you are someone who believes that America can be the best it can be for all of its people than this is a show that will hopefully inspire some questions and no small degree of hope.” – Mike Hull, Director

Circle Theatre audience members can take advantage of the Lobby Bar on select nights throughout the summer, including the August 9 performance of Superior Donuts. On August 9, Michigan craft beer and wine as well as donuts from Marge’s Donut Den will be available starting at 7:00 p.m.; beverages can be enjoyed inside the theatre on that evening.

Superior Donuts will run August 8 – 10, 14-17, 21 – 24 at 7:30 p.m. and August 18 at 5:30pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the box office at 616.456.6656 or visit Circle’s website at

About Circle Theatre
For 67 years and counting, Circle Theatre has enriched, entertained and educated the community through exceptional theatrical arts in an intimate setting. Located in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Aquinas College, Circle Theatre presents innovative and entertaining theatre while fostering an enthusiastic and hard-working corps of individuals who serve as staff, volunteers, and board members. Through the Main Stage season, unique Summer Concert Series, and Magic Circle family productions, Circle Theatre engages close to 30,000 people each season. Circle Theatre also values and creates effective collaborations with various community organizations in and around Grand Rapids.