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Press Release: “Charm Circle” (documentary) – June 1

Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie screening of Charm Circle on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 pm.

Burstein’s brave, wryly-amusing first feature film, Charm Circle, is a tender, unpredictable portrait of a family struggling against an array of issues with honesty and a steely sense of humor. Going beneath the surface of the social struggles of its subjects, the documentary reveals people as more than the problems they experience and the labels applied to them.

Oscillating between present day and decades-old home videos, filmmaker Nira Burstein returns to her childhood home—now crumbling from the inside out—to explore the circumstances in which her parents live. Prolific musical expression and creative resourcefulness punctuate an otherwise tumultuous environment. With the announcement of her younger sister’s polyamorous wedding, tensions threaten to sever what’s left of the family bond.

Nira Burstein is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. She was recently selected for Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She is an Independent Film Project (now The Gotham) Documentary Fellow, and her work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation and Women Make Movies.

Charm Circle premiered at Sheffield DocFest in 2021 where it won the Audience Award and First Feature Award Special Mention. Fred Armisen is one of the Executive Producers.

The Power House Movie Series showcases award-winning festival favorites, feature-length narratives, documentaries, and undiscovered gems, paired with exclusive content from the movie makers themselves – most often in conversation with Gesa Power House Theatre Director of Film Programming, Warren Etheredge.

Reserved seating tickets ($15 adult, $10 students) are available online at www.phtww.org or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Gesa Power House Theatre is located at 111 N. 6th Avenue in downtown Walla Walla.


The Power House Movies Series continues:

Charm Circle (documentary)
Wednesday, June 1

Cat Daddies (documentary)
Wednesday, June 29

All Ages Show (local documentary)
Wednesday, July 6


Season Sponsors:

    Foundry Vineyards

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Pacific Power

Additional support provided by:
Walla Walla County, Port of Walla Walla, City of Walla Walla

Each Coldwell Banker Office is Independently Owned and Operated


About Gesa Power House Theatre

The historic Gesa Power House Theatre is a 300-seat performing arts venue, located in downtown Walla Walla. The 120-year-old building was once the Walla Walla Gas Plant, built to produce coal gas used to light the streets, businesses, and homes of Walla Walla. In 2011 the Gesa Power House Theatre building was transformed into a state-of-the-art playhouse for live performance. The interior design of the theatre was inspired by Shakespeare’s own intimate Blackfriars Theatre in London, England.

The Gesa Power House Theatre is on the Washington State Building Preservation Commission list of State historic buildings and on the National Register of Historic Places. The venue also hosts a variety of other cultural events, musical concerts, and private events (including weddings).

Gesa Power House Theatre is owned and operated by Power House Theatre Walla Walla, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

For additional marketing and media information, including interviews and hi-res images, contact:

Bradley Nelson
Media Contact
Phone: 509.529-6500
webmaster@phtww.org

Gesa Power House Theatre
111 North Sixth Ave.
Walla Walla, Washington 99362

Season Sponsors

Foundry Vineyards Walla Walla Union-Bulletin logo Walla Walla Valley Honda logo

KAPP-KVEW TV, Pacific Power, Northwest Public Broadcasting

Additional support provided by Walla Walla County, Port of Walla Walla, City of Walla Walla

Each Coldwell Banker Office is Independently Owned and Operated