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. (From Thornton Wilder Papers) .
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 PlayhouseTalk 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.
Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse wishing you and your
The Friends at the 96th Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony & Winter Arts & Crafts Festival in Altadena.
On Saturday, December 10, 2016 the Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse had sponsored a table at the 96th Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony & Winter Arts & Crafts Festival in Altadena. Patti La Marr had organized volunteer help, managed communications with the Altadena Public Library Foundation and Chamber of Commerce, and decorated a table.
A dedicated crew of seven Friends worked in shifts from 2 pm to 7 pm. They distributed the Pasadena Playhouse advertisements and flyers featuring an Altadena Public Library Foundation fundraiser. Anyone, who purchases a ticket for A Cinderella Christmas using the discount code ALF, receives a 20% discount. The Altadena Library Foundation receives 10% of from ticket sales purchased with the code. It is a good deal for a great cause: you can support your local library and get to see the Panto.
The Friends invited guests at the festival to sign up for an opportunity drawing for a free family pack of tickets for “A Cinderella Christmas” that was sponsored by The Playhouse. A winner will receive four tickets, 2 adult and 2 children's, for the show.
A Cinderella character, who was sponsored by the theatre, greeted guests of the festival. The minute this lovely lady arrived, she charmed kids and adults alike. Everyone wanted to take a picture with the Cinderella! Even Santa could not pass this opportunity.
Many people enjoyed this event and had a chance to hear about The Playhouse. We hope they come to see the show and have a wonderful time!
Special thanks to hostesses and hosts of this event:
K. Barrows, D. Basillo, A. Frey, P. Oliva, N.Pashkova, P. Marr, and L. Yu (The Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse), Armanie Miranda, Marketing and Communications Assistant at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Cinderella, the Friends of the Altadena Public Library and the Altadena Public Library Foundation, and Christmas Tree Lane Association, Altadena, CA.
* The article and photos courtesy of N. Pashkova.
On Saturday, October 22nd, the Pasadena Playhouse and Zona Rosa Caffe presented the 22nd Annual Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead Event Art Exhibition and Celebration.
El Molino Avenue was transformed into a festive Dia De Los Muertos evening of fun that’s both free and family-friendly! The Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse have made flowers for decorating a patio and a story board honoring Gilmor Brown and famous actors-alumni of the Playhouse College of Theatre Arts. The Friends had Bake and Crafts Bazaar from 9 am to 3 pm and joined the festivities around the courtyard, in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, and Playhouse Plaza later.
Events and activities included mini-tours at the Playhouse, children’s calaca face painting and crafts by Little June Bugs, sounds from Gonzophonic and Friends with special guests along with visual projections by Julian Felix from Culture Remixed, fresh marigolds from Jacob Maarse, Quetzal Folklorico Dancers, Calavera screen printing by Pasadena City College Graphic students, Bob Baker Marionettes, candle-making with artists from L.A.’s iconic Olvera Street, and polaroid photos from Walt Girdner Photo Studio & Gallery.
The Playhouse neighbors at Zona Rosa Caffe, TLT Foods, redwhite+bluezz, and Monopole Wine had offered delicious coffee, wine tasting, and food.
Art exhibition featuring works of Jose Ramirez, Cathy Ashworth, and Kalli Arte can be viewed at Zona Rosa Caffe until November 13th.
Photos and a story board by Patti La Marr.
Our story board paid special tribute to the stars, who walked the Halls of the Pasadena Playhouse with Gilmor Brown:
Raymond Burr/Perry Mason, Ironside;
Carolyn Jones/The Addams Family;
Victor Jory/Gone with the Wind, The Miracle Worker, The Green Hornet;
Rue McClanahan/Golden Girls; Leonard Nimoy/Star Trek;
Gloria Stuart /Titanic, and ... Siki, Gilmor Brown's cat/Pyewacket in the Playhouse production of Book, Bell, and Candle.
Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse