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.
About the operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan 'The Pirates of Penzance' (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Pirates, Privateers, Corsairs, Buccaneers: What’s the Difference? (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Review in LA Times by Charles McNulty : 'Pirates of Penzance,' with a piña colada: Gilbert & Sullivan plays as interactive party.
We wish you happy holidays and an awesome New Year!
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 .
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).
Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse