<![CDATA[Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse - News]]>Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:08:51 -0700Weebly<![CDATA['Pirates   of Penzance'  landed  at the Pasadena  Playhouse]]>Sat, 27 Jan 2018 18:56:36 GMThttp://friendsofthepasadenaplayhouse.org/news/pirates-of-penzance-landed-at-the-pasadena-playhouse
Pirates of Pasadena at Pasadena Playhouse Photo by Jenny Graham January 2018
Pirates of Penzance at Pasadena Playhouse (2018). Photo by Jenny Graham.
In 1922 the Pasadena Playhouse presented   Gibert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance for  the  first time. The play was performed   at  the Savoy   Theatre. Even  then, more than 40 years since it premiere in 1879, it  was   a   play with   refreshing  music, inventive melodies and   surprisingly  relevant themes that  delighted  audience.

"I think Pirates   has endured all these years because  it lets us to escape into a world of joy, laughter , and absurdity", says Danny Feldman, Producing   Artistic  Director of the  Playhouse.   "It shows us how the world should be in spite  it really is. In the divisive world we're loving mow, we need to find ways to come together and the best way to do that is to find common ground. Let's start with a simple gesture: Let's have fun together."  (Pasadena  Playhouse / Performances  Magazine) 

 Pirates of Penzance  on stage  January 23 — February 25, 2018.
The Pasadena Playhouse in association with The Hypocrites
​By Gilbert & Sullivan.
Adapted & Directed by Sean Graney
Co-Adapted by Kevin O’Donnell.
Music Direction by Andra Velis Simon.
Cast and   Creative  Team.
Review in LA   Times   by   Charles McNulty : 'Pirates of Penzance,' with a piña colada: Gilbert & Sullivan plays as interactive party.

<![CDATA[Season's  Greetings]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://friendsofthepasadenaplayhouse.org/news/seasons-greetingsWe wish you happy holidays and an awesome New   Year!
<![CDATA[Miracle on 34th Street]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:29:18 GMThttp://friendsofthepasadenaplayhouse.org/news/miracle-on-34th-street December 14 — December 23, 2017
This season the Friends support two holiday productions: Miracle on 34th Street  at the  Pasadena Playhouse and   Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose,   the   American  Panto   at the   Pasadena  Civic   Auditorium.  Miracle on 34th Street    is   performed on the  main  stage of the Pasadena   Playhouse   as   a live radio play ​. ​
Miracle on 34th Street   Cast
Alfred Molina ...  Kris Kringle
Peri Gilpin   ...   Doris Walker
Yvette Cason ... Singer & Others
Michael Cheiffo ... Host & Others
Jeff Gardner ... Foley Artist & Others
Beth Grant ... Charlene & Others
Ryan Johnson ... Piano Player & Others
Larry Poindexter ... Fred Gailey
Jim Rash ... Mr. Sawyer & Others
Cecilia Witt ... Susan Walker.
<![CDATA[King  Charles III at the Pasadena Playhouse]]>Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:02:23 GMThttp://friendsofthepasadenaplayhouse.org/news/king-charles-iii-at-the-pasadena-playhouseWhat   does it take   to   built   the set?   See the work  in progress recorded  during  an entire week.   
Meet the Playwright Mike Bartlett   |   How I wrote King Charles III | Stage | The Guardian   | September  20,  2014.​
Meet Director   Michael Michetti  |     BWW Interview:  Man of the Hour 
by Ellen Dostal Oct. 19, 2017.  
 Meet   the cast   and company  of  King  Charles  III.
King Charles III speculates on what happens after Queen Elizabeth II dies and Prince Charles ascends to the throne. Jim Abele stars as Charles, alongside Laura Gardner (Camilla), Adam Haas Hunter (William), Meghan Andrews (Kate), and Dylan Saunders (Harry). The cast also includes Sarah Hollis, Nike Doukas, J. Paul Boehmer, Mark Capri, Carie Kawam, Amielynn Abellera, Dileep Rao, Robert Beddall, Eamon Hunt, Bo Foxworth, and Abe Martell.

The production features scenic design by David Meyer, costumes by Alex Jaeger, lighting design by Elizabeth Harper, original music and sound design by Peter Bayne, wig and hair design by April Metcalf, casting by Nicole Arbusto, and accent coaching by Nike Doukas. King Charles III also features an original score recorded by the Pasadena Master Chorale, led by chorale director Jeffrey Bernstein.

King Charles III premiered in London in 2014, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Play, and transferred to Broadway in 2015, earning five Tony nominations.

Charles is king, Harry's in trouble and Kate's taking charge in Pasadena Playhouse's royal winner "King Charles III"    | Los Angeles   Times  |   November   15, 2015.

Performances   at the Pasadena Playhouse run November 8 -  December 3, 2017.   
<![CDATA["Our Town" comes back to the Pasadena Playhouse.]]>Sat, 14 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://friendsofthepasadenaplayhouse.org/news/our-town-at-the-pasadena-playhouse
Our Town at the Pasadena Playhouse. Photo by Earl. E Gibson III.
Our Town at the Pasadena Playhouse. Photo by Earl. E Gibson III.
Our Town  by Thornton Wilder
Sep 26 – Oct 22, 2017
Directed by Sheryl Kaller
Co-Produced with Deaf West Theatre


Wilder’s journal notes for 1935 include ideas for ten plays, among them “M Marries N” (an early working title for Our Town). He began to work in earnest on the play in 1936 after resigning from his post as a part-time visiting lecturer in Classics and Writing at the University of Chicago.

After short try-outs in Princeton and Boston, the play opened on Broadway on February 4, 1938 to mostly favorable reviews, with Wilder playing the role of the Stage Manager for two weeks of the play’s run in September. Our Town garnered Wilder a second Pulitzer Prize and the play became a classic not only in American theatre, but in classrooms across the country. 

Thornton Wilder, Our Town: A Play in Three Acts, acting edition was published in 1939 by New York, Coward-McCann, Inc., in cooperation with S. French, Inc.

View  manuscript corrections of Our Town by Thornton Wilder.  (Thornton Wilder Papers   at  Beinecke Library, Yale University  ) . 

The play was  produced at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1939 by  Dir. Frank Ferguson
and in  1957 by  Dir. Barney Brown.​

Meet  the cast of current production of Our Town

On October 8, 2017, Amos Tappan Wilder, a nephew of T. Wilder, has visited the  Pasadena  Playhouse and  attended  the  performance.  During Playhouse Talk on October 9th, he  offered an intimate look into the life of the playwright  and discussed his role as Literary Executor of the Thornton Wilder  Estate.  The  talk was  moderated by KPCC’s John Horn.

Photo of the 1939 production of Our Town at Pasadena Playhouse. Dir. Frank Ferguson.
Photo of the 1939 production of Our Town at Pasadena Playhouse. Dir. Frank Ferguson.
Photo of the 1958 production of Our Town at the Pasadena Playhouse. Dir. Barney Brown.
Photo of the 1958 production of Our Town at the Pasadena Playhouse. Dir. Barney Brown.
Images  courtesy of the Pasadena  Playhouse  Archives.

Reviews  and Interviews

Broadway World Review  (Oct. 3, 2017): Time Passes and Life Goes On in Deaf West Theatre's 'Our Town' at Pasadena Playhouse

Los Angeles Times Review (Oct. 3, 2017): Deaf West and Pasadena Playhouse populate 'Our Town' with fresh faces .  By  Charles McNulty. 

Broadway World Interview  (Oct. 5, 2017): Jane Kaczmarek Stage Managing Her Future With Open & Always Entertaining Communications.

Pasadena Playhouse and Deaf West Make “Our Town” New Again. By Frances Baum Nicholson  (The  Stage  Struck  Review). 

New York Times (Oct. 13, 2017):  An ‘Our Town’ Image as Sturdy as a Chair: Behind the Poster. By Erik Piepenburg .  Interview with  Paula  Sher.

Los Angeles  Theatre  playgoers  reviews.

Our Town  Reviewed by Dana Martin  (Stage  Raw). 

Thornton Wilder  

The Wilder Family LLC celebrates Thornton Wilder as an international Playwright and Novelist. We invite you to explore the website for detailed information about its activities and ways in which you can become involved with them.

 The Thornton Wilder Society preserves and expands the legacy of Thornton Wilder, a three time Pulitzer Prize winner and the only winner for both fiction and drama.

Thornton Wilder papers archive  at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale  University  Library.  [Finding Aid and  Collection  Description).

Photo of Thornton Wilder as stage manager in production Our Town From: Thornton Wilder papers at Yale University Library.
Wilder as stage manager in production Our Town From: Thornton Wilder papers at Yale University Library.
Thornton Wilder  photos and other materials at Beinecke Digital Collections,  Yale  University  Library.