Pirates of Penzance Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance  | 

January 23 — February 25
Toss your worries overboard and join playful pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies and one very stuffy modern Major-General on stage. Bring your friends and family to experience the biggest beach party of the year–complete with guitars, beach balls, banjos and a tiki bar!  Find your inner pirate as Chicago theater rebels The Hypocrites bring this brilliantly zany adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic musical to LA for the first time, and you won’t want to miss out on the fun!
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“A wild, fun interactive time.”

-LA Times

The Pasadena Playhouse
in association with
The Hypocrites
Pirates of Penzance

By Gilbert & Sullivan
Adapted & Directed by Sean Graney
Co-Adapted by Kevin O’Donnell
Music Direction by Andra Velis Simon

Extended Through Feb 25

Members: FREE
NON – Members: $25+


Toss your worries overboard and join playful pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies and one very stuffy modern Major-General on stage. Bring your friends and family to experience the biggest beach party of the year–complete with guitars, beach balls, banjos and a tiki bar!  Find your inner pirate as Chicago theater rebels The Hypocrites bring this brilliantly zany adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic musical to LA for the first time, and you won’t want to miss out on the fun!
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“A wild, fun interactive time.”

-LA Times
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Experience the Playhouse like never before – we will be scuttling the stage backward, flipping the seats sideways, and adding a tiki bar for scallywags to partake.

About the Promenade:

Please note that tickets in ROW P, SEATS 1 – 160, are all GENERAL ADMISSION located in the promenade. The Promenade experience requires audiences to be mobile throughout the production, with no assigned seating. Sit in a ball pit, hang on a bench, take a seat on the deck, or even visit the tiki bar at any moment during the show.

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Mario Aivazian (Pirate / US Pirate King & Freddy)

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Mario is thrilled to be spending the winter in Sunny Pasadena, far away from Old Chicago. Mario was most recently seen in Pirates of Penzance at NYU Skirball Center, Olney Theatre Center, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Some Chicago performance credits include: A Year With Frog and Toad (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Strawdog Theatre); and Cox and Box (Rose Freeman’s Lesbian Lounge). He’d also like to acknowledge the undying support of his mother, his family, and Kelsey. Please sit in the promenade, thank you for coming!

Eduardo Xavier Curley-Carrillo (Pirate)

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Eduardo is beyond wonderment debuting at the Pasadena Playhouse! Most recently, he’s been shooting a short lm (“Un Ratito Mas”), workshop- ping a new musical (Start Me Up at The House Theatre), and understudying (Fade at Victory Gardens). Regional theatre includes: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Children’s Theater of Madison); Three Sisters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Cyrano de Bergerac (American Players Theater); Wit, Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado (The Hypocrites); A Life of Galileo (Remy Bumppo); Bel Canto and La Cenerentola (Lyric Opera of Chicago); and Pinkolandia (reading at Milwaukee Rep). TV: “Great Performances: Bel Canto,” and “Hotter Things.”

Matt Kahler (Major General)

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Matt is a Chicago-based actor and composer. He has traveled with The Hypocrites’ Gilbert & Sullivan Repertory to the Skirball Center, American Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Olney Theatre Center and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Matt has arranged music for H.M.S Pinafore and Lost Highway, and has composed scores for Twelfth Night, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Romeo & Juliet. He recently co-adapted The Yeoman of the Guard for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he also served as Associate Music Director. Chicago acting credits include: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf Garage, The Hypocrites, and Strange Tree (The Three Faces of Dr Crippen – Best Overall Play, 2014 New York International Fringe Festival) Television: “Chicago PD.”

Amanda Raquel Martinez (Daughter)

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Amanda is ecstatic to make her Pasadena Playhouse debut! Regional credits include: Cinderella at the Theater of Potatoes, Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado (NYU Skirball and Olney Theatre Center); Kitty Hawk (Adrienne Arsht Center); Big Lake, Big City (Lookingglass Theatre Company), As You Like It and Love, Loss, and What I Wore (First Folio Theatre), For the Love Of (Pride Films and Plays), Even Longer And Farther Away (The New Colony), El Stories: The Holiday Train (Waltzing Mechanics), and Generation Sex (Teatro Luna). Love to her stellar cast, Zachary clan, Lissette, Autumn, Ellie and the rest of her tribe.

Tina Muñoz Pandya (Daughter)

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Tina is so excited to join The Hypocrites once again in Pirates of Penzance after raucous runs at the Skirball Center in NYC and in repertory with The Mikado at Olney Theatre Center. Chicago credits include: The Rembrandt (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz (The House Theatre of Chicago); The Tall Girls (Shattered Globe Theatre); and Octagon (Jackalope Theatre). Touring credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, and A Tale of Two Cities (National Players). Tina is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and the School at Steppenwolf.

Dana Omar (Ruth/Mabel)

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 Dana is thrilled to make her Pasadena Playhouse debut in Pirates of Penzance. Recent credits include: Pirates of Penzance (NYU Skirball Center); Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged (54 Below); Kitty Hawk (Adrienne Arsht Center, in collaboration with The House); The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (People’s Light Theatre); One Hundred Dresses (Chicago Children’s Theatre); The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance in Rep (Olney Theatre Center and American Repertory Theatre); H.M.S. Pinafore (American Repertory Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville), All Our Tragic, All Our Tragic (Remount), and Cabaret with The Hypocrites and was recently on NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” Thanks to friends, family and bubs for the support.

Doug Pawlik (Freddy)

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 Doug is elated to make his West Coast debut at Pasadena Playhouse! A multi-instrumentalist and ensemble member of The Hypocrites, he has toured regionally with their Gilbert & Sullivan adaptations to Actors Theatre of Louisville, and American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Chicago credits: Million Dollar Quartet and Route 66 (Paramount Theatre); Crazy for You (Drury Lane Theatre); I Love Lucy Live on Stage (Broadway Playhouse). Over the past 4 years he has toured the Midwest as bassist with the band, Cowboy Jukebox. Thank you for my world, Leah and Perry!

Shawn Pfautsch (Pirate King / US Major General)

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 Shawn has been with The Hypocrites Gilbert & Sullivan project since its beginning in 2010, traveling with the group to: American Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Olney Theatre Center and the Skirball Center in New York City. Other regional credits include: Hamlet, Henri IV, The Seagull (Michigan Shakespeare Festival); Death & Harry Houdini and The Sparrow (Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami). Chicago credits include: Death & Harry Houdini, Cyrano, Thieves Like Us (The House Theatre); Theatrical Essays (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); A Year With Frog and Toad, and Frederick (Chicago Children’s Theatre).

Leslie Ann Sheppard (Daughter / US Ruth & Mabel)

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 Leslie is jazzed to debut in Pirates of Penzance at Pasadena Playhouse! Regional: The Legend of Georgia McBride, Eclipsed (Northlight Theatre); As You Like It (First Folio Theatre); Cinderella (The Hypocrites); Mr. Burns: A Post-electric Play (Theater Wit); The Hundred Dresses (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Tree, Lost Boys of Sudan (Victory Gardens); Harriet Jacobs (Steppenwolf); House with No Walls (TimeLine); Fall of the House (Theatre Squared); Othello’s Furies (Chicago Fringe Festival); and Gershwin’s Magic Key (Kennedy Center). TV credits: “Chicago Fire” and “Mob Doctor.” She is represented by Gray Talent Group. Thanks to God, Fam, and Friends!

Lauren Vogel (Pirate)

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Lauren is making her Pasadena Playhouse debut. She is an American actress, comedy writer, and multi-instrumentalist, most recently seen performing at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC. Regional credits: American Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Olney Theatre Center. Lauren is ensemble member with The Hypocrites and has appeared in All Our Tragic (Equity Jeff Award), Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Johanna Faustus, among others. Other Chicago credits include: A Red Orchid Theatre, Steppenwolf Garage, Trap Door Theatre. Lauren is currently starring as Woods in “Chicago H.R.” a comedy web series produced by The Second City training center. Online: www.laurenvogel.org

Creative Team

The Hypocrites

Artistic Director Sean Graney created The Hypocrites in 1997. The Hypocrites specializes in mounting bold productions that challenge preconceptions and redefining the role of the audience, having produced over sixty mainstage productions, a dozen festival pieces, and has secured thirty-one Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson awards, six Equity Joseph Jefferson awards and two After Dark Awards. The company’s work has appeared at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Olney Theater Center. Steppenwolf Garage, Goodman Theatre, and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sean Graney (Director)

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 Sean would like to thank you for spending your time and money on live theater. He is the Artistic Director of The Hypocrites and has directed over 100 pieces of theater. He was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. He’s a Creative Capital Awardee, and has received the Helen Coburn and Tim Meier Award. His directing work has been seen at American Repertory Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Court Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, Chicago Children’s Theatre and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Have a great day.

Katie Spelman (Choreographer)

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 Katie is a New York-based choreographer, whose credits with The Hypocrites include Adding Machine, American Idiot, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and Into the Woods. Other Chicago credits include: Lookingglass, Court Theatre, Timeline, Sideshow, The New Colony, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northwestern University, and The Inconvenience. East coast credits include: Goodspeed, EST, Cherry Lane and Asolo Repertory. Broadway associate: Once, American Psycho, and Amelie; Off-Broadway associate: NYTW, The Vineyard, and The Public. Katie was also the Associate Director of Close to You in London (Chocolate Factory, West End), and is a proud graduate of Northwestern University.

Andra Velis Simon (Music Director)

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 Andra is thrilled to make her Pasadena Playhouse debut. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A.R.T. in Cambridge, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Skirball Center at NYU, and Olney Theatre Center in Maryland. Chicago: The Goodman Theatre, Theater Wit, Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Hypocrites, Porchlight Music Theatre, and many others. Andra is the Resident Music Director for Firebrand Theatre in Chicago, where she recently music directed their hit production of LIZZIE. Andra is also a faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, where she has taught musical theatre performance courses since 2008.

Tom Burch (Scenic Designer)

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 Pasadena Playhouse debut. Pirates has previously dropped anchor at the Skirball Center (NYC), Berkeley Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Olney Theatre Center, American Repertory Theatre, and the origi- nal production for The Hypocrites in Chicago. Other Chicago credits include: The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, and Northlight, Court, among others. Regional credits include: Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Milwaukee Rep, and the off-Broadway run of Mistakes Were Made (Barrow Street Theatre, NYC). Other shows for The Hypocrites have included Frankenstein, The Hairy Ape, NoExit, Woyzeck, All Our Tragic, Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, and the upcoming Aristophanesathon. Online: www.tomburch.com

Alison Siple (Costume Designer)

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 Recent projects include: You Got Older (Steppenwolf Theatre); In The Next Room (Timeline Theatre Company); Angels in America, Airness and The 39 Steps (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Earthquakes in London, Motortown (Steep Theatre); The Yeomen of the Guard (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Our Town (Almeida Theatre, Kansas City Repertory, Huntington, Broad Stage, Barrow Street Theatre, The Hypocrites); All Our Tragic, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, (The Hypocrites). She is a graduate of Northwestern University, a community member of The Hypocrites, an artistic associate with Lookingglass and an associate compa- ny member of Steep Theatre. Online: alisonsiple.com

Heather Gilbert (Lighting Designer)

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Heather is a Chicago-based lighting designer. Chicago theatres include: the Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Steep Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, About Face Theatre, and countless storefronts all over the city. Regional credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Studio Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Kansas City Rep, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. International credits include: the Almeida in London and the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Heather was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Grant and the 3Arts Award. Heather serves as the head of lighting design at Columbia College Chicago, and received her MFA at the Theatre School at DePaul.

Kevin O’Donnell (Sound Designer)

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 Kevin is excited to make his Pasadena Playhouse debut with The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance, a show he has worked on from the very first production, in various capacities. Regional credits include A.C.T., A.R.T., The Seattle Rep, The Southern Rep, The Arscht Center, Actors Theater of Louisville, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival; Chicago credits include Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, The House, Lookingglass, and The Court, amongst others. As a musician he has recorded and toured extensively with Andrew Bird, Kelly Hogan, Jimbo Mathus and others.

Maria DeFabo Akin (Properties Designer)

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 Maria is excited that The Hypocrites’ production of Pirates of Penzance is being shared with another group of people. Maria is currently the Props and Scenic Art Director at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Before that she was the props designer at Lookingglass Theatre for several years while working on Hypocrites’ productions. Some of her other favorite people that she has made props for are Steep Theatre, The Hypocrites, Chicago Opera Theater, and many other Chicago Storefront Theaters. Maria is a proud member of S.P.A.M., the Society of Prop Artisans and Masters, not the canned meat product.

Miranda Anderson (Production Stage Manager)

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 Miranda is excited to be at Pasadena Playhouse with Pirates of Penzance. Regional credits include touring as Stage Manager with the Hypocrites’ Gilbert & Sullivan shows to Olney Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville and American Repertory Theatre in Boston. In Chicago, she has recently worked with TimeLine Theatre on In The Next Room or the vibrator play. Other favorite credits with the Hypocrites include the 2014 production and 2015 remount of All Our Tragic. Miranda is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


Nikki Hyde (Assistant Stage Manager)

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 Nikki is a theatre and opera stage manager. Recent credits include: Magic Fruit (Cornerstone Theater Company); The Pearl Fishers (LA Opera); The Pride (The Wallis); Party People (Public Theater); Fidelio (Cincinnati Opera); Madama Butterfly (San Diego Opera); and Lost Girls (MCC Theater). She has also worked for Center Theatre Group, Houston Grand Opera, New York Musical Festival, Merola Opera Program, New Dramatists, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Opera Grand Rapids, Opera San Antonio and Los Angeles Philharmonic. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and an ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company.

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Non-Stop Beach Party

Party Every Night

Party with the pirates and keep the beach party boat afloat! Trejo’s On Stage Tiki bar is open for an extra hour after every performance from Thu – Sun, excluding matinees.

Thu – Sun after every performance (excluding matinees)

Tiki Tuesday
On Tuesdays, ticket holders are invited to come early and explore The Loft transformed into a Tiki Lounge. There will be beach balls, tropical music and complimentary Pirate-style rum drinks, generously donated by Stark Spirits.

Dates: Jan 30Feb 6Feb 13, Feb 20

Starts at 6:30pm

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