Shanley's Defiance Makes West Coast Debut at Pasadena Playhouse

News   Shanley's Defiance Makes West Coast Debut at Pasadena Playhouse Pasadena Playhouse presents the West Coast debut of John Patrick Shanley's Defiance starting performances Jan. 12.
Kevin Kilner
Kevin Kilner

Andrew J. Robinson (Side Man) directs the California company's 2007 season opener which runs through Feb. 18 with an official opening night Jan. 19. Set in 1971 at the North Carolina military base Camp Lejeune that is "rife with racial unease," the play finds "a white officer [who] invites a black officer to his home to discuss the building tensions."

Featured in the cast are Kevin Kilner (Dinner with Friends - Geffen Playhouse) as Colonel Littlefield and his real-life wife Jordan Baker (Suddenly Last Summer) as his stage wife Margaret Littlefield. Dennis Flanagan ("Charmed") also appears as Private Davis, Robert Manning, Jr. (Joe Fearless - Atlantic Theatre) as Captain Lee King, Leo Marks (Dead End - Ahmanson Theatre) as Chaplain White and Joel Polis (The Cherry Orchard - Mark Taper Forum).

The design team for Defiance features John Iacovelii (scenic), Maggie Morgan (costume) and Paulie Jenkins (lighting).

Pasadena Playhouse's recent run of Sister Act was the highest-selling production in the theatre's history with over $1 million in ticket sales. (The previous record holder was only months before, August Wilson's Fences, starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.) Sister Act heads to Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Jan. 17-Feb. 25.

The 2007 mainstage lineup scheduled for the company will continue with Charles Randolph-Wright's Cuttin’ Up (March 9-April 15), W. Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife (May 4-June 10), Cole Porter's Can Can (June 29-August 5) and Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond (Aug. 24-Oct. 2).

Tickets to Defiance at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Ave. in Pasadena, CA, are available by calling (626) 356-PLAY. For more information visit www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.