World Premiere Musical
The Pasadena Playhouse presents
Lythgoe Family Productions'
PETER PAN AND TINKERBELL
A PIRATE CHRISTMAS
West Coast Premiere
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I am thrilled to let you know that our 2015-2016 Season has been announced! We have been able to put together a theatrically diverse, exciting and adventurous season. The Playhouse has enjoyed tremendous artistic success over the last several years. I feel confident that the selections for next season will allow us to continue this wonderful period of aesthetic excitement and creativity. These choices represent our ongoing commitment to vibrant and eclectic programming, and artistic excellence. I look forward to seeing you this Fall! Thank you for making OUR Playhouse shine from season to season.
2015-2016 Subscriber Handbook Coming Soon
The Pasadena Playhouse 2015–2016:
REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES
By Josefina López
Directed by Seema Sueko
September 8 – October 4, 2015
Set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles, five full-figured women race to meet an impossible deadline to keep the small business alive. This award-winning comedy by acclaimed playwright Josefina López was the basis for the film of the same name starring America Ferrera and has been updated for The Pasadena Playhouse’s 2015 production. Real Women Have Curves celebrates real bodies, life in southern California, and the incredible bond when women work together.
World Premiere Musical
Book by Kirsten Guenther
Music and Lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz
Directed by Sheldon Epps
October 27 – November 22, 2015
A World Premiere Musical, Breaking Through is told through the eyes of a young, talented singer/songwriter, as she tries to navigate the treacherous shark-filled waters of the music business. She embarks on a compelling journey to find her way back to her authentic self and in the process rediscovers the music that truly makes her alive. Breaking Through features a score by Emmy award-winning songwriter and producer Cliff Downs (“The Voice,” “American Idol,”), and Katie Kahanovitz (Girls Night Out Pop Radio), with a book by Kirsten Guenther (Mrs. Sharp, 2008 Richard Rodgers Award-winner; the upcoming Benny and Joon). Breaking Through originated as a HOTHOUSE staged reading at The Pasadena Playhouse. Launched in 2005, HOTHOUSE is the signature new play development program at The Pasadena Playhouse.
The Pasadena Playhouse presents
Lythgoe Family Productions'
PETER PAN AND TINKERBELL
A PIRATE CHRISTMAS
Panto at The Playhouse
By Kris Lythgoe
Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe
Musical Direction by Michael Orland
Choreography by Spencer Liff
December 9, 2015– January 3, 2016
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell A Pirate Christmas is the latest Holiday Spectacular presented by Lythgoe Family Productions in the style of the traditional British Panto. Tinkerbell, Wendy and Peter Pan embark on a wild quest to foil the pirates’ plot to kidnap Peter for Captain Hook’s Christmas present in this flying, singing, swashbuckling adventure. Featuring comedy, magic, dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance,” and contemporary music from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, a Panto is interactive holiday fun for all ages. “Those who have never been to a panto will have a glorious introduction to the form.” – Los Angeles Times. Panto at The Playhouse productions have featured luminaries from the worlds of music, theatre and television, including Ariana Grande, Ben Vereen, Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless.
By Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan
Directed by Ricardo Khan
Produced in Association with Crossroads Theatre Company
January 26 – February 21, 2016
With a focus on hope, endurance, and accomplishment, Fly tells the story of the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters known as the Tuskegee Airmen who flew over the skies of Europe and North Africa during World War II. Featuring a cast of eight men,including "Tap Griot," a dancer who uses tap dance steps to set a mood that is part sublimated anger, part empowerment, Fly was hailed by The New York Times as “a superior piece of theatrical synergy.” Co-author and director Ricardo Khan is Tony Award-winning co-founder and former artistic director of the Crossroads Theatre Company, known as one of the nation's foremost African-American theater companies. In honor of Black History month, The Pasadena Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre Company’s production of Fly dramatizes the historic contributions made by the Tuskegee Airmen to the desegregation of the American military and the furthering of civil rights.
West Coast Premiere
By Harvey Fierstein
Directed by David Lee
March 15 – April 10, 2016
From four time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, the iconic playwright of the Broadway hits Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage Aux Folles, Newsies and Kinky Boots comes the West Coast Premiere of Casa Valentina, the recipient of four 2014 Tony Award nominations. Directed by nine-time Emmy Award-winner David Lee of NBC’s Frasier and director of the acclaimed Pasadena Playhouse productions of Can-Can and Art, this moving and insightful play is nestled in the Catskills in 1962 - land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy. But an inconspicuous bungalow colony is more than a place to escape the sweltering summer heat. For a group of heterosexual men it is a place to escape. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, this new work was lauded by The New York Times for posing “genuinely arresting questions about identity” and hailed by Theatermania as “far and away the best new play of the season.”
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S CHOICE
To Be Announced
May 31 – June 26, 2016
The 2014-2015 Artistic Director’s Choice was revealed to be the premiere of the American Broadway Musical Waterfall, crafted by the legendary songwriting team of Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby Jr. and Academy Award-winner David Shire. As demonstrated by previous ARTISTIC DIRECTOR'S CHOICE selections, such as Twelve Angry Men, One Night with Janis Joplin, TWIST– An American Musical, Baby It’s You! and Sister Act, A Divine Musical Comedy, Playhouse audiences will enjoy an engaging and exciting Season Finale to kick off Summer 2016!
Full casting and creative teams for each production will be announced at later dates.
2014-2015 SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION & BENEFITS
Welcome to the Pasadena Playhouse 2014-2015 Season
Here are a few tips to help you ENJOY YOUR SUBSCRIPTION
We have made available all of your subscription information at your fingertips. Visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org and log into your account to get full access of your subscription, purchase additional discount tickets to our subscription shows or other special events, update your contact information, and keep up to date with all that’s happening at The Pasadena Playhouse.
DISCOUNT TICKETS AND TICKET EXCHANGES
As a subscriber, you can use your exclusive 20% discount to purchase additional tickets. You also have the benefit of free ticket exchanges for all of your subscription shows. You are welcome to contact us immediately for either of these transactions.
All Pasadena Playhouse shows and dates are subject to change. Official Press Opening Nights are not available for sale or exchange. For the most up-to-date information on purchasing tickets or exchanging make sure to check out the Subscriber Benefits page on our website.
If you subscribe during the Debut Week, you will receive free ticket exchanges only if your new ticket date is during the Debut Week.
If Debut Week subscribers exchange tickets for a more expensive non-Debut Week performance, upgrade fees may apply.
All exchanges are subject to availability and you will be given the very best seats available in your price category. There are absolutely no ticket exchanges allowed between productions.
Performance dates and times are always available at our website: www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org
HOW TO EXCHANGE TICKETS
Mail or In Person: at 39 South El Molino, Pasadena, CA 91101
Fax: 626.204.7399 Phone: 626.356.7529
When exchanging your tickets by mail, we suggest you use the included exchange form to exchange your tickets. Only one copy is provided, additional copies can be downloaded from the Subscriber Benefits web page:
When exchanging your tickets by fax or by email, please include an image of your torn tickets to confirm the original tickets have been destroyed and will not be used. Please note the performance date, time and seats into which you would like to exchange. You will receive a confirmation of your exchange within 24 hours. If you do not, assume that your tickets were not exchanged and contact the Box Office. All ticket exchanges by mail, fax, and email will be held at the Box Office for pick up.
When exchanging your tickets in person at the Box Office, you must bring your original tickets and turn them in at the time of exchange. For all exchanges, you must return your original tickets before you receive your new tickets. There are no exceptions.
FLEX PASS SUBSCRIPTIONS
FLEX Pass subscribers may begin to redeem their passes immediately. To redeem you passes by mail, fill out the included form and return with the number of passes you wish to redeem. To redeem FLEX passes by fax or email, send filled out form with a copy of the passes you wish to redeem torn in half. You may also bring in your FLEX passes and redeem them at the Box Office. Like all ticket exchanges, you must return your FLEX passes before you receive your tickets. Your enclosed FLEX passes are for the 2014-2015 6-show Subscription Season only. Your passes are not redeemable for any special events that are not part of the Subscription Season. Your passes expire August 2015.
MISSED YOUR PERFORMANCE?
The Pasadena Playhouse offers missed performance assurance for our subscribers only. If you missed your performance date but still would like to see the show, please bring your unused tickets to the Box Office on the day you would like to see the show and you will be given the best available seats for the price of your original tickets. All such missed performance exchanges are subject to availability.
If you are unable to make your performance, and you are unable to exchange your ticket to another date, you may return your tickets as an in-kind donation. We do not offer refunds for unused tickets. There are no exceptions.
FIND YOUR VOICE AT THE PLAYHOUSE
Each production from our 2014-2015 Season (excluding SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight) features three Talkback Tuesdays with specially invited community experts discussing themes related to the production and one Post-Show at The Playhouse discussion with the cast. All of these events are free and open to the public.
Following the 8:00 p.m. Tuesday Performance
KISS ME, KATE: 9/23/2014, 9/30/2014, and 10/7/2014
STOP KISS: 11/11/2014, 11/18/2014, and 11/25/2014
TWO FOR THE SEESAW: 2/3/2015, 2/10/2015, 2/17/2015
PYGMALION: 3/24/2015, 3/31/2015, and 4/7/2015
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S CHOICE: 6/9/2015, 6/16/2015, and 6/23/2015
POST-SHOW AT THE PLAYHOUSE
Following the 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee
KISS ME, KATE: 10/5/2014
STOP KISS: 11/23/2014
TWO FOR THE SEESAW: 2/8/2015
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S CHOICE: 6/21/2015
PANTO AT THE PLAYHOUSE
Before every performance of SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight, guests are invited to enjoy a Winter Wonderland event in The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday carolers, crafts, activities, games, and photo opportunities. So come early and enjoy all of the festivities along with seasonal holiday refreshments!
GOLDEN TICKETS are available as an add-on to any child’s ticket for an additional $50.00 each (limit of 10 Golden Tickets available per performance). A Golden Ticket provides the ticketholder (children only) with a special onstage sing-a-long experience during the production, a gift bag with special surprises, a SLEEPING BEAUTY collectible poster, and one free photo with Santa!
For ongoing news on upcoming events, details of the Subscriber Benefits card, an online version of this handbook, an online version of the exchange form, and access to performance dates and times, please visit our Subscriber Benefits page: www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/subscribe
STAY CONNECTED WITH US
We want to keep you up to date about shows, schedule changes, and discount offers on special events. As a subscriber, you can receive emails from our Subscriptions Manager. Don’t miss out. Please contact the Box Office or Subscription Office and make sure we have your current email address.
THE GEORGIA MCCLAY FRIENDSHIP CENTER
For each production during the 2014-2015 season, our Friendship Center will become a dynamic and captivating interactive art and history exhibit designed along with the theme of the current production. Come early before the show or stay late afterwards and enrich your theatre going experience.
We try to begin performances promptly at the time listed on your tickets. Please arrive at the theatre at least 30 minutes prior to performance time to ensure the best possible experience at the theatre. Please note that once the curtain time passes, your seats are forfeited. If you arrive late, you will be seated in the best available seats in the back of the house. Latecomers will only be seated if and when there is an appropriate pause in the action on stage, subject to the House Manager’s discretion.
Our last row in the Orchestra, Row S, in now made up entirely of Removable Seats to accommodate wheelchair seating or special seating needs. We also have wheelchair seating in the first two rows in the Orchestra. Please note the Mezzanine level is not wheelchair accessible. Please call the Box Office at 626-356-7529 to make arrangements.
ASSISTED HEARING DEVICES
A limited number of assisted listening devices are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Ask an usher upon entering the theatre for assistance.
The new complex being built directly in front of The Playhouse across El Molino is scheduled for completion in March 2015. Once completed, there will be underground parking directly across the street from the theatre. Until then, There are several well-lit, competitively-priced parking lots surrounding the theatre. Here are a few:
+ Municipal Lot
Directly behind The Pasadena Playhouse
Madison between Colorado and Green
+ Discount Tire Center
Southwest corner of Green and El Molino
+ Mohawk Carpet
Southeast corner of Green and El Molino
+ Municipal Garage
40 S. Oakland Avenue (Between Colorado and Green)
+ Garage Below Trio Apartments
Southeast corner of El Molino and Union. Entrance on Union.
+ Municipal Lot
Northeast corner of El Molino and Union
There is free street parking in Pasadena only after 8:00 PM Monday - Saturday and after 6:00 PM on Sundays. If you choose to park on the street, please read all signs carefully before parking. The Pasadena Playhouse does not manage parking around the facility and is not responsible for citations, lost or stolen vehicles, or items left in vehicles. You may also GO GREEN to The Playhouse! We are conveniently located near the Metro Rail Gold Line Lake Avenue stop and many Los Angeles Metro and Pasadena ARTS Bus lines. Please visit www.metro.net or cityofpasadena.net/Transportation for more information.
Herbal cigarettes, theatrical fog, strobe lights, gunshots and other effects may be used. If you might be sensitive to these effects, please consult an usher prior to seating. Alternative seating locations or other accommodations can be made. If you have questions or concerns regarding any production effects, please contact the Box Office at BoxOffice@PasadenaPlayhouse.org or 626-356-7529.
CELL PHONES AND WIRELESS DEVICES
Any use of cell phones and wireless devices (that enable phone calls, text messages, internet access, or photography) are strictly prohibited and must be turned off before you enter the theatre. They may not be turned on and used during the performance. Please be mindful of the actors on stage and your neighbors in the audience. Still photography and video are strictly prohibited inside the theatre.
You can skip that long line at intermission by pre-ordering your food and drinks! Before the show begins, stop by our concessions bar and purchase wine, champagne, soda, snacks and more to enjoy during intermission. Concession beverages are permitted in the theatre as long as they have a lids. Food is not permitted in the theatre.
Please unwrap all gum and cough drops before you enter the theatre. The theatre is air-conditioned and heated for your comfort, so please dress appropriately. Please let the House Manager know if you are uncomfortable. By law, there is no smoking allowed in the theatre or courtyard at any time.
The Pasadena Playhouse is committed to providing you and your guests a quality experience. If you are dissatisfied for any reason during your visit, please notify the House Manager or Hospitality Manager and we will do our utmost to resolve your request and make your visit at The Playhouse an enjoyable one.
SUBSCRIBER BENEFIT CARD
Display your card at our restaurant and business partners in the area to receive their special offers. We are always adding local businesses to our list, so be sure to visit our Subscription Benefits page: www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/subscribe
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BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
Phone Hours: Monday - Friday from 12 pm - 6 pm,
Saturday - Sunday from 1 pm - 6 pm
Window Hours: 1 pm - Performance Time Tuesday - Sunday
Box Office Phone: 626-356-7529
Emergency Line: 626-204-7387
(during performance time only)
Lost and Found: 626-356-7529
Please note the Box Office windows are closed on Mondays.
SUBSCRIPTION OFFICE INFORMATION
Subscription Office Hours: Monday - Friday from 10 am - 6 pm
Please note the Subscription office is closed on Saturday, Sunday and all major holidays. If you wish to speak to a person immediately, call the Box Office at 626-356-7529.
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