“Our 2017/18 season celebrates the bold, adventurous spirit that has always been at the heart of Pasadena Playhouse. From fresh takes on two of theater’s most enduring classics, to a future history play in the style of Shakespeare, to a collaboration with LA’s most dynamic performance trio, the new season will entertain and create unforgettable experiences for our audiences just as we’ve been doing for 100 years. I hope you'll join us! "
~ Danny Feldman, Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director.
September 17, 2017
Sheldon at the Playhouse.
6:00 pm Performance
Please join us and host Wayne Brady on Sunday, September 17 in celebration of Sheldon Epps’ 20 years as Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse. Sheldon at the Playhouse will feature artists, stories, songs and tributes.
September 26, 2017 — October 22, 2017
by Thornton Wilder.
Directed by Sheryl Kaller.
Starring Jane Kaczmarek.
Co-production with Deaf West Theatre.
Rediscover Our Town in this groundbreaking new production of the iconic play, co-produced with Tony-nominated Deaf West Theatre. Come together to experience this timeless classic as powerful today as when it won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize. Acclaimed actress Jane Kaczmarek stars in Thornton Wilder’s American masterpiece.
October 2 — December 11, 2017
The Broadway Musical & America
10-week Seminar of 60-minute lectures every Monday at 7:00 PM (Excluding Oct 16).
This seminar taught by Tony Award-winning producer and NYU professor Adam Epstein.
November 7 — December 3, 2017
King Charles III
by Mike Bartlett.
Directed by Michael Michetti.
The Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? Camilla, William, Kate and Harry join Charles in Mike Bartlett’s “future history play,” exploring the people beneath the crown. The Los Angeles premiere of the 2015 Olivier Award winning best new play. A contemporary Shakespearean drama.
December 14 — December 23, 2017
Miracle on 34th Street
by Valentine Davies.
A live radio play.
When a department store Santa claims he’s the real thing, it takes him all the way to the supreme court. Watch what happens as this classic story finds new life on stage in a live performance of the original 1940s radio broadcast, complete with a live foley artist and a twinkle of holiday cheer.
January 23 — February 18, 2018
Pirates of Penzance
by Gilbert and Sullivan
reimagined by the Hypocrites
adapted and directed by Sean Graney.
Co-directed by Thrisa Hodits.
Co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell.
Sappy pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies and a stuffy Major General. The Playhouse goes topsy-turvy as the audience joins the cast for a beach party onstage – tiki bar, banjos, and beach balls included. Chicago theater rebels The Hypocrites bring their zany immersive production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved operetta, Pirates of Penzance to Pasadena.
May 29 — June 24, 2018
by Culture Clash:
Ric Salinas & Herbert Sigüenza with new material by Richard Montoya.
Directed by Diane Rodriguez.
Twenty years after their searing hit Bordertown premiered, the Playhouse sends LA’s very own Culture Clash back to the border to investigate. Re-imagined, remixed and fully reloaded, Bordertown Now is an irreverent sometimes hilarious exploration of the regions and people at the center of one of America’s most hot button and controversial issues. Energized with new material ripped from the headlines and developed and directed by Obie award-winning Diane Rodriguez, the nation’s premier Chicano/Latino performance trio continues to redefine the boundaries of theatre and break down the divisions between cultures.