The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director) announced their 2012-2013 season today. The season will include the rescheduled world premiere of Sleepless in Seattle – The Musical originally scheduled for this summer, the world premiere of the Broadway-bound comedy Under My Skin, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, Noël Coward's comedy Fallen Angels and a surprise production to be announced. In a partnership with Lythgoe Family Productions, a special presentation of A Snow White Christmas will be offered for the holiday season. The 2012-2013 Season begins September 2012.
"I am extremely pleased with the way that the titles for the 2012-2013 season have come together," said Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse. "I believe that this season is a fascinating and exciting mixture of diverse theatrical styles, combining time-honored classics with new material that we are honored to help nurture and develop. It strikes me that the issues of working through the intricacies of relationships and their inherent challenges - both serious and ridiculous- are at the heart of much of this material. That will always be a timely and resonant subject, and one that makes for the possibility of satisfying theatre."
Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director of The Pasadena Playhouse added, "We are very excited about the upcoming subscription season – the second since our bankruptcy. The Playhouse is now in very strong financial condition, and the current season is generating wonderful audience response."
The Pasadena Playhouse 2012-2013 Season includes:
UNDER MY SKIN
A World Premiere Comedy
Written by RoBert Sternin and Prudence Fraser
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
September 11 – October 7, 2012
From the acclaimed writing and producing team of RoBert Sternin and Prudence Fraser and Tony-nominated Ragtime director Marcia Milgrom Dodge, comes this Broadway-bound comedy about sex, love and the health care business. The laughs are non-stop when Harrison Badish, New York's most eligible bachelor, dies and comes back to life in the body of Melody Dent, a hard-working single Mom from Staten Island. Then, give her his gorgeous body, the limo, the penthouse and his red-hot fiancé. Throw in her sexy best friend, and one outrageous angel of death. Add a guy in the stirrups, learning what love is and maybe seeing things from a different perspective after walking a mile in her stilettos, and you have the heartfelt world premiere of Under My Skin.
A Striking Historical Masterpiece
By Lynn Nottage
Pulitzer Prize-winner for 2011's Ruined
Directed by Sheldon Epps
November 6 – December 2, 2012
In 1905 New York, Esther – a black seamstress – makes a respectable living sewing for the wealthy elite. As she dreams of investing her savings in a beauty parlor for black women, she finds herself torn between two suitors: a mysterious Caribbean man who, sight-unseen, writes her beautiful love letters, and the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth. Esther must reconcile her dreams with a harsh reality, as she learns that all choices come with a price. In the tradition of past favorites such as Blues for an Alabama Sky and Fences, come experience this unique and powerful play that honors The Playhouse's commitment to diversity in theatrical storytelling. "…Nottage's play has a delicacy and eloquence that seem absolutely right for the time she is depicting…New York has no richer play…" - New York Times.