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Pasadena Playhouse Throws ‘Block Party’ to Celebrate Centennial Partnership (All is Welcome. Free to the Public)

PASADENA, CA (April 12, 2018) – Pasadena Playhouse – State Theatre of California – is celebrating its Centennial in partnership with the Playhouse District Association on Saturday, June 9 with an all day Playhouse Block Party from 12-noon to 10 p.m. on El Molino Avenue at Colorado Blvd.

The event is free to the public.

All of Southern California is invited to attend and participate – enjoying live music, performances, interactive exhibits, food, libations, guided tours, a kids’ zone, and much, much more. The Playhouse Block Party will be an all day event for all ages. Two outdoor stages– a Main Stage and a Kids’ Stage – will feature entertainment from community arts partners throughout the day. Continue reading

Workshop Teaches You How to ‘Create Your One-Woman Show’ (Free)

*It’s that time again! The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) has been doing its thing for the past 25 years — presenting solo women artists from around the globe, showcasing their one-woman performances. As part of the Annual Festival there is also an assemblage of workshops, where professionals share insight on the process of becoming solo artists and more.

As part of this year’s workshop schedule,  celebrated director-writer-performer, Jessica Lynn Johnson will host the two-hour class The Art of Creating the One-Person Show. The workshop will show you how to create YOUR solo performance vehicle!

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EUR Theatre Review: Pasadena Playhouse Presents the Future of the Monarchy in ‘King Charles III’

Jim Abele as King Charles III in the Pasadena Playhouse production of the same name. Photo credit: Jenny Graham.

*In this fictional account of What if… or better yet, What will happen when… Queen Elizabeth II has died and her son, Prince Charles, who has been waiting a lifetime to assume the role of King, is preparing his ascent to the throne.

Pasadena Playhouse presents King Charles III, written by Mike Bartlett and directed by Michael Michetti, November 8 through December 3rd.

The play opens with a dark lit stage as a funeral procession signaling the death of the Queen reveals a solemn display where lines of people carrying lighted candles move amid the columns of a section in the palace.

Its an already impressive set.

We witness a rather apprehensive Prince Charles of Wales (Jim Abele) preparing for his new role as King. Not that he didn’t know this day would come, after all, he’s been waiting for it — but it appears he didn’t fully realize the weight of the responsibility — nor the expectations it carries. But a hard-nosed Prime Minister Evans (J. Paul Boehmer), an unyielding publicity counsel Reiss (Mark Capri) and Stevens (Carie Kawa), the opposition leader who can’t be trusted by anyone, is constantly in his ear to remind him that he is expected to keep things the way they’ve been for the past 91 years.

No easy feat, especially with his first order of official business being to sign a Bill that stands to so fiercely impact the infrastructure of the monarchy’s future. Continue reading

Danny Glover Reprises Husband Role in Interracial Marriage Drama, Yohen

Danny Glover (L) and June Angela star in Robey Theatre/East West Players revival of Yohen. Directed by Ben Guillory.

*Legendary actor, Danny Glover returns to the role of James Washington in the revival of Philip Kan Gotanda‘s play, ‘Yohen.’ Glover originated the role in 1999 at the East West Players ‘ David Henry Hwang Theater, so its sort of a homecoming that the piece is returning there and will run November 1 through November 19.

Washington stars with Tony award winning actress June Angela as Sumi, his Japanese wife, in this dramatic play about an interracial couple who has been married for 37-years but is now struggling with that marriage following the husband’s retirement from the U.S. Army. 

Now that James is home practically all the time, life and its many intricacies — love, aging, etc. come into question by the couple.

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Actors Teach Drama to Prison Inmates, Now ‘Women in Blue, A Prison Play’ is Born

*’WOMEN IN BLUE | a prison play’ chronicles a day in the life of four women prisoners. Inspired by true stories and the actors’ experiences teaching theater inside correctional facilities, this play humanizes incarcerated mothers while exposing the hidden realities of life behind bars. Through story-telling, mime, poetry, and music, light is shed on the tenacity of the human spirit in broken places. Women in Blue aims to bridge the gap of the free and incarcerated, bringing that which is out of sight into our minds and hearts.

The four actors/playwrights in WOMEN IN BLUE | a prison play have taught and directed theater in correctional facilities in California including: California State Prison Los Angeles County, Century Regional Detention Facility, California Institute for Men, and Men’s Central Jail. Continue reading

Solo Women Performers! The ‘Countdown’ to Submissions for LAWTF’s 25th Year is Near (Oct. 1)

Sloan Robinson in ‘Bananas’ – A Day in the Life of Josephine Baker
 
*Ladies, you’ve worked hard to hone your craft. You’ve been performing for years and finally, you stepped out and developed your own theatrical piece. Moreover, you’ve performed it for small crowds on a number of occasions and much to your delight…they loved it.
 
If this sounds like you, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, now in its 25th year, would love to meet you. Who knows, after their panel of professionals get a look at your video performance…they may love it too!
 
 
But you won’t know if you don’t submit. Don’t listen to that ‘negative’ voice in your head. Go! Get your stuff together. Send it in! The countdown is on towards their extended October 1 deadline. 
 
#nothingbeatsafailbutatry
 
See the submission guidelines below and go for it!
 
and good luck!
 
Michele Farbman in ‘Dora Maar’

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Performers and Tribute Speakers Honor Sheldon Epps at Pasadena Playhouse on September 17

 
*PASADENA, CA – Pasadena Playhouse (Producing Artistic Director, Danny Feldman) announced the line-up of performers and tribute speakers for the special event honoring Sheldon Epps, entitled SHELDON AT THE PLAYHOUSE – Celebrating 20 Years of Artistic Excellence, hosted by Wayne Brady.
 
Mr. Brady starred in Pasadena Playhouse’s production of Kiss Me, Kate directed by Epps. From 1997-2017, Sheldon served as the theater’s Artistic Director and is now the Playhouse’s Artistic Director Emeritus.  
 
Wayne Brady
 
SHELDON AT THE PLAYHOUSE will feature performances from A Night with Janis Joplin, Play On! and more, as well as tributes from Playhouse alumni. The celebration will be held on Sunday, September 17 with the performance at 6:00 p.m. at Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena).

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Pasadena Playhouse Offers 10-Week Seminar “The Broadway Musical & America”

*PASADENA, CA (September 7, 2017) – Pasadena Playhouse (Producing Artistic Director, Danny Feldman) will offer the 10-week seminar THE BROADWAY MUSICAL & AMERICA taught by Tony Award-winning producer and NYU professor Adam Epstein. Epstein’s interactive lectures put the musical into focus as a distinctly American phenomenon and a form of cultural production, which both influenced and was influenced by the American political landscape since the end of World War II.  The weekly Monday seminars are from October 2 – December 11, 2017 and will be held at Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena).
 
Mr. Epstein will share the history behind your favorite works of musical theater, including, but not limited to West Side Story, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, Annie, Rent, Hairspray, Wicked and Hamilton and how they shaped the American theater landscape.

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