December 14 — December 23, 2017
This season the Friends are supporting 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 as live radio play .
What 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.
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.
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).
The Friends will be working at the Showcase House for the Arts from April 23 through May 21, 2017. Sharon Zaslaw and Sue Hayne-Horn are our coordinators. Friends of the Friends can also sign-up and volunteer at this event.
What a pleasant surprise to discover that this year’s Showcase House has a
Pasadena Playhouse connection!
Samuel S. Hinds was involved with the Pasadena Community Playhouse from the beginning. His first appearance was at the Savoy Theatre in 1917. He performed in over 50 productions with The Pasadena Community Playhouse.
In 1924, Hinds served on the Board of Directors for the Pasadena Community Playhouse during its successful drive to raise funds to construct the beautiful Spanish Colonial-style Pasadena Playhouse Theatre.
Hinds starred in The Amethyst, at the Pasadena Community Playhouse Opening Night Gala, on May 18, 1925, and performed as author Harold Brown, in the Premiere. He continued performing at The Playhouse through 1930.
His film career spanned over 16 years and he appeared in over 200 films. To learn more about his career , please read Mary Mallory's article "Hollywood Heights: Samuel S. Hinds, Pasadena Playhouse Founder, Movie Actor."
The two-story English Tudor revival-style house of Samuel Hinds, located in Pasadena. Photo by F.W. Martin (1920). Source: California State Library Picture Collection.
On December 27th, at 9 p.m. PST CBC broadcasted the Kennedy Center Honors 2016 . Al Pacino, star in the production of "God Looked Away," at the Pasadena Playhouse was honored.
The event, which was hosted by The Late Show's own Stephen Colbert on Dec. 4, paid tribute to 2016's honorees, including pianist Martha Argerich, rock legends The Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and singer-songwriter
Below, find the full list of talent at this year's Kennedy Center Honors , and tune in to CBS on Tuesday, Dec. 27! (Courtesy of the CBS News).
Host: Stephen Colbert
Attended By: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
Honoree: James Taylor
President William Jefferson Clinton (Spoken Tribute)
Darius Rucker (Performs "Sweet Baby James"/"Carolina in My Mind")
Sheryl Crow (Performs "Fire & Rain"/"Your Smiling Face")
Yo-Yo Ma (Spoken Tribute)
Garth Brooks (Performs "Shower the People")
James Taylor Tribute Cast (Performs "How Sweet It Is")
Honoree: Al Pacino
Chris O'Donnell (Spoken Tribute and Tango Performance from "Scent of a Woman" with Gabrielle Anwar)
Bobby Cannavale (Spoken Tribute)
Lily Rabe (Performance Tribute)
Laurence Fishburne (Performance Tribute)
Kevin Spacey (Spoken Tribute)
Gabrielle Anwar (Tango Performance from "Scent of a Woman" with Chris O'Donnell)
Sean Penn (Spoken Tribute)
Honoree: Mavis Staples
Bonnie Raitt (Spoken Tribute and Performance of "We Shall Not Be Moved"/"Freedom Highway" with Andra Day)
Elle King (Performs "Respect Yourself"/"I’ll Take You There")
Don Cheadle (Spoken Tribute)
Andra Day (Performs "We Shall Not Be Moved"/"Freedom Highway" with Bonnie Raitt)
Honoree: Martha Argerich
Jeff Goldblum (Spoken Tribute)
Itzhak Perlman (Performs "Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8, in G, Op. 30, No. 3. Allegro Vivace (Third Movement)" with Yefim Bronfman)
Yefim Bronfman (Performs "Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8, in G, Op. 30, No. 3. Allegro Vivace (Third Movement)" with Itzhak Perlman)
Placido Domingo (Spoken Tribute)
Yuja Wang (Performs "Piazzola Grand Tango")
John F. Kennedy Tribute Segment:
Jack Schlossberg, Rose Schlossberg and Tatiana Schlossberg Grandchildren of John F. Kennedy (Spoken Tribute)
Cynthia Erivo (Performs "The Impossible Dream" from the Broadway musical "Man of La Mancha")
Honoree: The Eagles
Ringo Starr (Spoken Tribute)
Kings of Leon (Performs "Take It Easy")
Vince Gill (Performs "Peaceful Easy Feeling")
Bob Seger (Performs "Heartache Tonight")
Juanes (Performs "Hotel California" with Steve Vai and Steuart Smith)
Steve Vai (Performs "Hotel California" with Juanes and Steuart Smith)
Steuart Smith (Performs "Hotel California" with Juanes and Steve Vai)
Eagles Tribute Cast (Performs "Life in the Fast Lane")
Produced By: White Cherry Entertainment.
Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse