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Pasadena Playhouse

Updated: 2018-02-20T14:20:23.416-08:00




PASADENA PLAYHOUSETO HOST EVENTS FOR PASADENA JAZZ INSTITUTE, LYRIC OPERA AND BLAIR IB SCHOOLBEGINNING IN MAY 2010Pasadena Playhouse today announced that the State Theater of California will host events beginning in May 2010 for Pasadena Jazz Institute, Lyric Opera and Blair IB School, as the organization continues its process of financial reorganization."As the Playhouse continues to go through its reorganization process, I am very happy that we have been able to find ways to keep the energy of the performing arts alive in our beautiful theatre. These three events will bring the rewards of great music of many kinds to audiences, and offer young people the thrill of performing in this great venue,” said Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps. “This also represents a step in our exploration of the possibilities of greater use of our theatre as a performing arts complex that could well serve a number of disciplines in addition to the theatre company. This is a valuable concept that we have contemplated for many years, and very much in our thinking as we explore ways to move forward with greater success in the future."SCHEDULE OF EVENTSJAZZ AT THE PLAYHOUSEMay 28-30, 2010Produced by Pasadena Jazz InstituteBOND and other SPY CLASSICS on Friday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. – Over 21 classic spy themes performed by the 17-member Pasadena Jazz Orchestra including themes from the Pink Panther, Peter Gunn, Austin Powers and Bond....James Bond. Fun for the entire family.BIRD with STRINGS on Saturday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. – Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker's seminal recording "Charlie Parker with Strings" is performed Live with members of the Pasadena Symphony and will feature saxophone great Lanny Morgan. An Evening of GERSHWIN on Sunday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. – Grammy Award-winner Bill Cunliffe brings in his trio to back four of Los Angeles’ finest vocalists in an evening celebrating the timeless music of George Gershwin including "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Embraceable You," among others.For tickets to JAZZ AT THE PLAYHOUSE call 626-356-7529 or visit pre-show jazz will be performed in The Engemann Family Courtyard at 7:00 p.m. each night by students from the Pasadena Jazz Institute.Pasadena Jazz Insitute (PJI) was established almost ten years ago and has become one of the most active arts organizations in the region. From small ensemble concerts to big band shows featuring the Pasadena Jazz Orchestra, in-school concerts and clinics, jazz camp and more, PJI has made a deep impact on the Pasadena music scene, keeping jazz alive for all generations.OVATIONSJune 4-6, 2010Produced by Kelley Oxley with the support of Blair LearnsChoreographed by Kevin LeeDirected by Benita ScheckelOVATIONS is a musical revue featuring song, dance and dialogue by the students of Blair IB School. This year’s show will include songs from the Tony Award-winning musicals Chicago and Little Shop of Horrors. It will also highlight numbers like Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” Slumdog Millionaire’s “O Saya” and a Latin dance number choreographed by “Dancing with the Stars” choreographer Christian Perry.Friday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m.Saturday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m.Sunday, June 6 at 3:00 p.m.For tickets call Dianne Moore at 626-396-5820 ext. 80026, email or visit’s Die FeenJune 11-19, 2010Produced by Lyric Opera of Los AngelesLyric Opera of Los Angeles will perform a US premiere of Wagner's opera Die Feen (The Fairies). Die Feen is an opera in three acts. The German libretto was written by the composer after Carlo Gozzi's La donna serpente. Die Feen was Wagner's first completed opera, but remained unperformed in his lifetime. It has never established itself firmly in the operatic repertory although it receives occasional performances, on stage or in concert, most often in Germany. LOLA will present Die Feen as part of the Ring Festival LA, for which it has partnered with L.A. Opera.Friday, June 11 at 7:30 p.mSaturday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.Th[...]



Media Coverage from Closing Night of CAMELOTFebruary 7, 2010Los Angeles TimesFOX NEWSPasadena Independent[...]



Pasadena Playhouse has been inundated with generous messages of support and many have offered to pledge money to help keep this venerable institution operational. We appreciate these efforts enormously. We will keep you posted about what is happening, and if there are any fundraising events or pledge drives created officially by Pasadena Playhouse or one of our generous partners.

Thank you.

Upcoming Hothouse Reading: THE COMMONS


Hey Hothouse Fans!

The Hothouse reading this week, PASTORAL, is currently sold out. But don't fear! We have another star-studded reading scheduled for performances just two weeks from now! Don't miss...


Written by Stephen Metcalfe
Directed by Art Manke

A man battles his neighbor to protect his ocean view.

Starring Beau Bridges and Jordan Bridges
Linda Gehringer, Kenneth Marshall, Susan Dalian, and Kevin Rahm

February 9-10, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre.
A complimentary talkback and reception to follow.

About the Play: THE COMMONS is the story of an older couple in crisis. Dakin Adams, a retired school teacher, spends his days writing and sending his thoughts - his blogs - out into the void that is the internet. His wife, Macy, walks the dogs and gardens. It would seem the only thing they have in common anymore is their home and their memories and their love of "the view"- the Pacific Ocean as seen from the back deck of the house. But now their neighbor is selling and the new owner is coming in to tear down and rebuild - build "up" - and the view - and the fragile relationship of two people - is in ever increasing jeopardy.

About the Playwright: Stephen Metcalfe’s stage plays include LOVES & HOURS, VIKINGS, STRANGE SNOW, SORROWS AND SONS, PILGRIMS, HALF A LIFETIME, EMILY, WHITE LINEN, THE INCREDIBLY FAMOUS WILLY RIVERS, WHITE MAN DANCING, A WORLD OF THEIR OWN and THE GIFT TELLER. He has been produced in New York and at regional theaters through the United States as well as in Europe and Japan. Screen credits include HALF A LIFETIME(with Keith Carradine and Gary Busey), COUSINS (with Ted Danson and Isabella Rossellini), JACKNIFE (with Robert De Niro and Ed Harris), ROOMMATES (with Peter Falk and Julianne Moore) and BEAUTIFUL JOE (with Sharon Stone and Billy Connelly). He was a contributing writer on PRETTY WOMAN, ARACHNOPHOBIA, IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU and MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS. Other original screenplays include TIME FLIES, VEIL ON THE WATER, TENNESSEE VALLEY, THE OLD BOY, JONAH, THE INFIELD, SIGNIFICANT OTHERS, GRIM REAPER, SCYLLA, THE TRAGIC AGE, PASSING FANCY and AN INNOCENT ABROAD as well as numerous rewrites. He is an Associate Artist at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and has been a guest lecturer in dramatic writing at University of California at San Diego, University of San Diego and San Diego State University.

*A complimentary reception will be held immediately after each reading. Hothouse readings are FREE, but reservations are required.

Call the Box Office at
(626) 356-7529.
Hothouse: Watch Plays Grow!

Photos From The Last Hothouse Reading - Lee Blessing's Brand New Play, MODERATION


(image) Clockwise from top left: Daniel Kaemon, Marilyn McIntyre, Oz Scott (Director), LEE BLESSING (Playwright), Nick Cernoch, Jennifer Seifert, Granville Van Dusen as Warren Burger, Lawrence Pressman as Harry Blackmun

(image) From left: Daniel Kaemon, Marilyn McIntyre, Lawrence Pressman as Harry Blackmun, Granville Van Dusen as Warren Burger, Jennifer Seifert, Nick Cernoch

(image) Clockwise from top left: Daniel Kaemon, Marilyn McIntyre, Nick Cernoch, Jennifer Seifert, Granville Van Dusen as Warren Burger, Lawrence Pressman as Harry Blackmun

(image) Clockwise from top left: Daniel Kaemon, Marilyn McIntyre, Nick Cernoch, Jennifer Seifert, Granville Van Dusen as Warren Burger, Lawrence Pressman as Harry Blackmun



Baby It's You! Cast Member Crystal Starr Knighton Announces New CD!


Crystal Starr's debut album contains hits like "Coldhearted", "Cake," and "I deserve to lose you," featuring gospel artist Jesse Stevenson. "I wanted to release an album that describes everything I am as a person and what influences me as a singer" Crystal states. The album is a great combination of rock pop and soul greatly interpreted by her strong vocal capabilities. Some people who have contributed to this album are Jennifer Hudson who wrote the song "what love would do" on her record, and Jolyon Skinner who wrote major hits for r&b artist Joe. Not only is Crystal's vocal range amazing but the production is also something to talk about as well. Produced by multi-platinum record producer Veit Renn, who has made hits for Jennifer Hudson, N Sync and Backstreet boys, he knew exactly what to do with Crystal. "Crystal Starr" the Debut album, definitely a record to have in your Collection!



Next Hothouse Reading: MODERATION Written by Lee BlessingDirected by Oz ScottJustice Harry Blackmun redefines women’s rights with Roe v. Wade. Starring Lawrence Pressman (American Pie, Doogie Howser M.D.) as Harry Blackmunand Granville Van Dusen as Warren Burger Also starring...Daniel KaemonNick CernochMarilyn McIntyreJennifer Seifert December 8-9, 2009, 8:00 p.m.Carrie Hamilton TheatreA complimentary reception to follow. Based on Linda Greenhouse’s Becoming Justice Blackmun, Moderation examines the life and career of Harry Blackmun, a Nixon nominee to the Supreme Court who over nearly a quarter-century became that body’s most liberal member. Blackmun wrote the majority decision in Roe v. Wade and spent years working to fight off challenges to it. In doing so, he became one of the country’s most influential advocates for women’s rights. Moderation provides a peek into Blackmun’s past, tracking the ups and downs of his more than eighty-year friendship with Chief Justice Warren Burger. Blackmun’s Midwestern upbringing is also examined, providing clues to the values which guided his decisions throughout a long and controversial career on the Federal bench.LEE BLESSING (Playwright): Lee is the author of A Walk in the Woods, nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize. His work has twice won the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics’ Association Award, among many other honors. Recent plays include When We Go Upon the Sea, Great Falls, A Body of Water and an adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s Heaven’s My Destination, among others. He heads the graduate playwriting program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He is married to fellow playwright and TV writer Melanie Marnich.OZ SCOTT (Director): Oz has been one of the most sought after directors for theatre, film and television for over two decades. He has worked at nearly every major regional theatre in the country including recent work at The Goodman, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage and Philadelphia Theatre Company. Oz Scott earned a Drama Desk award for his pivotal 1976 Broadway production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Television writing credits include Archie Bunker's Place, Alice and The Jeffersons. He has directed episodes of The Cosby Show, Northern Exposure, LA Law, Hill Street Blues, Fame, CSI:NY, Boston Legal and many others. Feature film credits include Bustin Loose starring Richard Pryor. Scott has participated in the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference for the past dozen years. He is also the recipient of an NAACP Image Award.Over the past several years, many new plays and musicals first seen in Hothouse at the Playhouse – our new play development program – have gone on to full productions here at the Playhouse and other prestigious theatres around the country! Don’t miss the next readings in this HOT series!Hothouse readings are FREE, but reservations are recommended.Call the Box Office at (626) 356-7529Hothouse: Watch Plays Grow![...]



Photos from the latest Hothouse reading!Loretta Swit and Robert ForsterPlaywright Joshua Ravetch, Loretta Swit, Nick Cernoch, Robert Forster Loretta Swit and Robert ForsterJoshua Ravetch, Loretta Swit, Robert ForsterHothouse readings are FREE! Just call the box office at (626) 356-7529[...]



HotHouse Reading: ONE NOVEMBER YANKEEWritten and Directed byJoshua RavetchAn ill-fated flight ignites a series of unlikely consequences.Starring Academy Award nominee, Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and two-time Emmy winner, Loretta Swit (TV's M*A*S*H*)November 17-18, 20098:00 p.m.A complimentary reception to follow. En route to Florida, in perfect weather, a single-engine airplane 
disappears. A brother and sister were flying to their father's second
, but without the ping of an emergency-locator-beacon, an 
extensive search of the Eastern Seaboard produces no trace of the
 wreckage. That tragic event ignites a series of unlikely consequences
 that span five years, nine states, and three families. But all may not
 be exactly what it would seem, as this play travels from the White
 Mountains of New Hampshire to the White Way of New York City, and it
 all begins with a serious martini, a Hirschfeld Cartoon, a dose of 
humor, and the ill-fated flight of, "ONE NOVEMBER YANKEE". ROBERT FORSTER:In 1997, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown". It has turned around a career that started 40 years ago and put him suddenly in great demand. Most recently, Robert starred alongside Ed Harris in the indie, “Touching Home,” and finished filming “The Code,” with Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas, and “The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” with Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey. Other recent projects include “Dragon Wars,” the Harrison Ford film, "Firewall," "Lucky Number Slevin," "Wild Seven," Wes Craven's "Cursed," "Grand Theft Parsons," starring Johnny Knoxville, as well as "Confidence," "Like Mike," "Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle," David Mamet's "Lakeboat," directed by Joe Mantegna, and "Diamond Men," with Donnie Wahlberg. Forster has been busy on the small screen as well -- in addition to his recent stint as Arthur Petrelli on NBC's "Heroes," he starred in the CBS TV film, "The Hunt for the BTK Killer," guest starred as Hank Azaria's father on Showtime's "Huff," Michael Madson's father on ESPN's "Tilt," and Peter Facinelli's father in McG's "Fastlane," and starred alongside Carla Gugino in the ABC series "Karen Sisco." Forster co-starred in the HBO Films production "Undefeated," directed by and starring John Leguizamo, the USA film "Murder in Greenwich," and the CBS TV film, "Like Mother, Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes," with Mary Tyler Moore.Independent films include "Outside Ozona," "Family Tree," "The Magic of Marciano," co-starring Nastassja Kinski and "It’s the Rage," with Joan Allen, Gary Sinise and Andre Braugher, as well as the MGM sci-fi film "Supernova," co-starring Angela Basset and James Spader, and the updated versions of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," directed by Gus Van Sant and a television version of "Rear Window," with Christopher Reeve. Forster went on to star in “Roads to Riches” with Rose McGowan, a modern-day film noir, and the present-day western, "Lone Hero."Forster blazed on the scene in his debut film, in l966, in "Reflections in a Golden Eye," co-starring with Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor, directed by John Huston. He followed this in l968, with the seminal film, "Medium Cool," by Haskell Wexler. TV series include "Banyon." A native of Rochester, NY, Forster made his professional debut on Broadway in "Mrs. Dally Has A Lover." Other stage credits include "A Streetcar Named Desire," "The Glass Menagerie," and productions of "Twelve Angry Men," "The Sea Horse," and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." LORETTA SWIT (Maggie/Margo/Mia): As Major Margaret Houlihan of TV’s M*A*S*H*, Loretta became an American icon. She has received ten Emmy nominations and six Golden Globe nominations, and is a recipient of the People’s Choice Award, The Geni[...]

Wicked Lit Play Reading Series!


Halloween night: 7:00pm
Playhouse Courtyard

Come to a FREE play reading series on Halloween night in the Playhouse courtyard. Bring the whole family, but beware - these are spooky stories.

The performances will include:
  • PIGEONS FROM HELL by Robert E. Howard
  • A GHOST STORY by Mark Twain
Hope to see you there!

Pasadena Playhouse "Conversations With..." Speaker Series Hosts SERGIO MIELNICZENKO


Saturday, September 19, 20096:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Carrie Hamilton TheatreSergio Mielniczenko is the popular writer and producer of the Brazilian Hour Radio Program and host of Global Village Fridays (KPFK, 90.7). In his precise and placid, Portuguese-accented English, Sergio presents the best of samba, bossa nova, música popular Brasileira, Brazilian jazz. He coaxes his listening audience around unexpected corners -- and through regions and rituals and artists who fall off well-trammeled paths of bossa nova or jazz samba. As these things go, he is more than a bit of a ubiquitous dignitary, floating from festivals to tucked-away clubs to living room jam sessions. ( The Brazilian Hour takes listeners on a musical tour of its namesake land, with music ranging from jazz to samba, Brazilian pop, choro, and much more. Produced as a public service of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, the program began in 1978 to promote Brazilian music and culture in the United States. In 1981 the Brazilian Hour started a national distribution via satellite to all public radio stations in the United States. Currently The Brazilian Hour is produced in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French. Streams live at KXLU Saturdays and Sundays 9-10:00am (SPT) on 90.7 KFSR. TicketsFREE with a ticket to The Night is a ChildGeneral Admission - $5.00 at the doorTo reserve a seat to CONVERSATIONS WITH… email Tickets to The Night Is A Child can be purchased at the Pasadena Playhouse box office (39 S. El Molino Avenue), by phone 626-356-PLAY, or online Mention code HHCW to receive a 20% discount on select seats to the show. [...]

Labor Day Weekend BBQ at the Playhouse


Pictures from the BBQ Samba party are here! Keep checking the blog and our Facebook Fan Page for info on future "Real-Live Theatre for Less than a Movie" nights!

4:00 PM Sunday, Sept 6

Wear your flip flops, kick back and enjoy Brazilian BBQ before or after a performance of The Night is a Child.

2:00 PM Matinee performance
4:00 PM BBQ, live music and fun on the patio
7:00 PM Evening performance

Sponsored by Pasadena Star-News. Brazilian music provided by California College of Music. Entertainment provided by Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

Share your hat story and win!


Regina Taylor, author of Crowns, just announced an exciting new contest called, "Eyes On LA: Hat Stories" for Los Angeles residents 18 and older: The 1st place winner will get ($1,000.00), 2nd place ($400.00), and 3rd place will receive ($100.00).Crowns, a story about African American women and their Sunday hats, must close August 16th, but before it's gone, Taylor would like to hear from you! Who is your favorite hat queen? What stories did your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, mentor or neighbor pass on to you through stories about their hats?To tell your story, Taylor is asking for submissions of "cell phone shorts" These are films shot entirely on cell phones lasting between 5 and 10 minutes in length. Your films will be viewed and voted on by your peers and the Cell Short Takes online community.For submission details, click here. Winners will be notified by email on Friday, August 14th.[...]

Real Live Theatre for Less Than a Movie!


$10 Tickets to Crowns @ Pasadena Playhouse
Wednesday, July 29 @ 8pm ONLY

Receive $10 Tickets with proof of residency or employment in Pasadena. Available at the Pasadena Playhouse Box Office on 7/29/09.
39 South El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 356-7529

Playhouse Patrons on Parade


Who's got the best Crown in town?

On July 19th, over a dozen hopeful contestants ventured out to the Pasadena Playhouse dressed in their very best church-going hats in the hopes of winning some great prizes.

Among the awards were a gift basket and a gift certificate good for a hand-made hat from milliner, Louise Green. (In the Playhouse Friendship Center)

The event, hosted by Pandora Carey of KKLA, happened on the Playhouse courtyard before the 2:00 P.M. matinee and was a great success!

For more information on up-coming events like this one, follow us on Twitter or become a fan of the Playhouse on Facebook.

Pasadena Playhouse Alumni & Associates Annual Brunch Report


What a day!! Once again the Brunch Committee hit the ground running to transform the Pasadena Hilton’s California Room into a bright, festive space to receive the Playhouse alumni for a day of fun. Red, orange, and yellow balloons rose from the luncheon tables and heralded the way to the Membership/Sign-in table in the hotel hallway. There were also “Playhouse” Fortune Cookies on the tables, each containing a fun fact about the Playhouse. The remainder of the fortune cookies were taken to the Playhouse for distribution among the Green Room, Library, and the Telephone Room. Special exhibits of Peggy Ebright’s wonderful artwork and photographs of “Brunches Past” by Will Diaz brought smiles and sparked recollections. Neva Wallace performed a poem about actors to hearty applause. The 2009 winners of the Sumid Scholarship were announced, among them, three Interns who will work at the Playhouse for the next year now that their education is complete. Just another way the Pasadena Playhouse Alumni & Associates supports the theatre. Alumni First Vice President, Anne La Rose, presented the Playhouse with a framed collection of the R.E.P. – Repertory Exists in Pasadena – materials from the summer of 1967, consisting of the poster and reviews of two of the three shows performed that summer by Playhouse students and recent graduates. Everyone got a big kick out of the Student Theatre ticket prices back then, $2. general and $1.50 for students. The presentation was made in memory of four company members who have taken their final bow: Claude La Rose, Austin Kelly, Ken Globus, and Coy Arnold. These materials represent the last time Playhouse founder Gilmor Brown’s theatrical ideals were put into action. Anne also presented the Playhouse with a certificate noting that the name, PASADENA PLAYHOUSE STATE THEATRE of CALIFORNIA, will be on a microchip onboard the NASA Mars Science Lab Rover, scheduled for launch in the Fall of 2011. Now, the Playhouse will truly be out of this world! What wonderful a group of Award winners we had this year. The ball got rolling with Penn Genthner’s introduction of Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard as Man of the Year. The Mayor told of his trials and tribulations, while sitting on the City Council, in keeping the wrecking ball from the Playhouse in the early 1970’s. Anne La Rose brought Playhouse Board member Peggy Ebright to the podium as Woman of the Year to thunderous applause. Peggy recalled Maudie Prickett, her right-hand, in the struggles to save the Playhouse and noted the names of others who fought the good fight. She also mentioned an unsung hero of those days, Coy Wills, the last Stage Doorman before the close in 1969, who checked on the Playhouse daily and reported his findings to Peggy. Alumnus Robert J Farley returned from his theatre in metro-Atlanta to pass the Gilmor Brown Award to Sheldon Epps. Sheldon spoke of his love of the Playhouse and mentioned the support of the Playhouse Board, several of whom joined us for the day. He also touched on the heart of the theatre, the actors who trod our boards and noted, in particular, perhaps his favorite actress, his lovely wife, Monette McGrath, who was also with us. RJ Muehlhausen took the microphone to give background about a most deserving Keeper of the Flame honoree, Will Diaz, Class of 1954. Will has always been there for the Playhouse for so many years, in so many ways. Will took the podium to a standing ovation. There was a phenomenal array of Raffle Prizes, this year totaling more than $4200 in value. Among the offerings were a o[...]

CROWNS : Coming July 10



By Regina Taylor
Directed by Israel Hicks
Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry
A co-production with Ebony Repertory Theatre
In Association with Regina Taylor

July 10 - August 16, 2009

Winner of four Washington D.C. Helen Hayes awards including Best Regional Musical, Crowns explores the lives of the "hat queens," six women in the South whose stories of love, loss, identity and sisterhood are woven into the hats that crown their heads and the songs that speak their truth. Based on the acclaimed coffee table book, Crowns captures the thrill of self expression with a series of intimate musical portraits.

Approximate Running Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.



Pre-show reception starting at 7:00p.m. in the Playhouse Library includes complimentary wine and snacks. Reception will be followed by the production of THE LITTLE FOXES by Lillian Hellman. 2-for-1 TICKETS call (626) 356-7529 and mention code GLBT. LITTLE FOXES closes June 28 so you'd better hurry!(L-R) Julia Duffy, Marc Singer, Kelly McGillis and Steve Vinovich. Photo by Craig Schwartz. Critics say,"The Pasadena Playhouse is to be lauded for its riveting revival of one of the iconic works of the American stage!" "Lillian Hellman's exquisitely crafted "The Little Foxes" gives historical perspective to the jaundiced machinations of such contemporary financial villains as Bernard Madoff and Michael Milken." - Julio Martinez, Variety "The play's social skewering remains satisfyingly fresh." - Charles McNulty, The Los Angeles Times "Bottom Line: If you're up for venom and fun, "Little Foxes" in Pasadena is for you!" - Laurence Vittes, The Hollywood Reporter "GO!" - Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly [...]

An Amazing Internship Experience: Stars Bowl to Support Pasadena Playhouse


Last night was the grand opening of Pasadena 300, an upscale bowling alley located at 3454 Foothill Blvd. The company pledged to donate $5,000 dollars to Pasadena Playhouse if the guests in attendance collectively bowled 300 strikes.

I went to volunteer for the event with a few co-workers from the Playhouse and had a blast getting to meet all the impressive corporate sponsors and celebrities who were in attendance.

ABC7 News also showed up to get the inside scoop.

These shots were taken with my phone, but we'll have the professional stills on here shortly, so check back soon!

~Greg The Intern

Saturday @ 6pm in The Carrie Hamilton Theatre:



To RSVP, please email:

Come see Deborah Martinson, a Lillian Hellman historian, June 15th at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!


Lillian Hellman’s plays sizzle in edgy familial dysfunction, and swelter in Southern heat. In The Little Foxes, the carnivorous, sly, comic-evil Hubbards came from her Alabama family. When Hellman was asked if she purposely put family history into the play, Hellman replied: “oh yes. Part of my family threatened to sue when they saw the play.” But she indicts us all. Hellman wrote: “I had meant the audience to recognize some part of themselves in the money-dominated Hubbards; I had not meant people to think of them as villains to whom they had no connection.” The Dámaso Rodriguez production lets the audience know that we are implicated. Hellman’s theme is clear in the action and the precise dialogue: “a dark devilish piece about a Dixie Hedda Gabler, grabbing its audiences by the scruffs of their necks and giving them a look at the predatory human animal” (NYT, 1939). Hellman made no apologies for Foxes’ melodramatic character. As Billy Wilder said, “oh melodrama—that’s what you call it when you care what happens next.” And watching a Hellman play, the audience cares. I’ve seen six or seven productions of Foxes, counting the excellent Wyler film. The play’s script is nearly full proof. Hellman wrote at least ten drafts, and Dashiell Hammett excised any fluff with what Hellman called his editorial “paring knife.” She loved The Little Foxes the best of all her plays; it signified her success as a powerful story teller and the most “relentless” of women playwrights. Early critics complained that Hellman was an “inquisitor” with characters and themes “too relentless for real life.” I say, The Little Foxes’ characters live in the headlines of the twenty-first century. -Deborah Martinson, PhD. Author of Lillian Hellman: A Life with Foxes and Scoundrels.DON'T MISS OUT! Deborah will be at the talk-back discussion following the screening of the 1941 film, The Little Foxes at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Monday, June 15th @ 7:30p.m.Tickets $10 - Playhouse patrons receive an extra $2.00 off!Call (323) 461-2020 x 112 to redeem discount. Ask about special group rates. [...]

Meet Synthia SAINT JAMES on Sunday, June 14 - Free event and tour!


(image) Please join us for a special FREE event on Sunday, June 14 at 2:00pm.

In celebration of Pasadena Playhouse upcoming production of CROWNS, which opens on July 12, the Community Outreach Program invites the community to enjoy two candid and lively CONVERSATION with acclaimed artist/author Synthia SAINT JAMES.

The CONVERSATION WITH... series offers an intimate glimpse into the women's creative process of the musical CROWNS. The events will be held upstairs in Pasadena Playhouse's Carrie Hamilton Theatre (39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena).

Playwright Regina Taylor commissioned SAINT JAMES to create a painting for merchandising for her incredible play CROWNS. Join SAINT JAMES as she illuminates on her love affair with art. Immediately following the presentation, the artist will give a private tour of her exhibition in the Friendship Center.
The Synthia SAINT JAMES Solo Exhibition "In Celebration of CROWNS" opens Saturday, June 6 - August 16, 2009 showcasing high-end and affordable artwork. Partial proceeds of the artwork will go to support Pasadena Playhouse.


See you there!

Photos: Suzanne Douglas and the cast of Crowns, The Cast of Crowns. Photos by Craig Schwartz.

From A Greedy Brood in Pasadena Little Foxes



"McGillis, Duffy, Lee, Pierson Are Greedy Brood in Pasadena Little Foxes By Kenneth Jones 29 May 2009

Kelly McGillis is scheming Regina Giddens, and Julia Duffy is sister-in-law Birdie Hubbard in Pasadena Playhouse's new production of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes opening May 29 after previews from May 22 in California.

McGillis is known for the film Top Gun and Broadway's Hedda Gabler, as well as classical roles around the country. Duffy starred in TV's Newhart. Dámaso Rodriguez, Pasadena Playhouse associate artistic director, directs the 1939 play about a Southern family's greedy ways.
The cast also includes Yvette Cason (original Broadway company of Dreamgirls) as Addie; Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks (original Broadway company of Dreamgirls – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical) as Cal; Shawn Lee (Furious Theatre Company's US Drag) as Leo Hubbard; Geoff Pierson as Horace Giddens (Broadway's Trick of the Trade opposite George C. Scott); Tom Schmid (Pasadena Playhouse's I Do! I Do! and Broadway's Annie Get Your Gun) as William Marshall; Marc Singer (The Taming of the Shrew – LADCC Award) as Oscar Hubbard; Rachel Sondag as Alexandra Giddens (Serendipity Theatre Company's girl, 20); and Steve Vinovich (original Broadway company of Lost in Yonkers) as Benjamin Hubbard."

To read the full article at, click here.

The Little Foxes' Kelly McGillis. Photo by Craig Schwartz

See the photos from CROWNS! Tickets are on sale now!


Single tickets are available now for the Playhouse's hit prodcution of Crowns! The prodcution that was named "Critic's Choice" by The Los Angeles Times and labled "Don't miss it!" by Our Weekly comes to Pasadena on July 10.

Here is a little peek at the roof-raisin' gospel musical as seen through the lens of our wonderful prodcution photographer Craig Schwartz:

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Photos from top to bottom: Paula Kelly; Angela Wildflower-Polk and Paula Kelly; The cast of Crowns; Suzzanne Douglas, Paula Kelly, and Clinton Derricks-Carroll; Suzzanne Douglas; Paula Kelly, Sharon Catherine Blanks and Ann Weldon in Crowns. All photo by Craig Schwartz.