West Coast Readings of The Future Perfect, Directed by Rock of Ages' Kristin Hanggi, Held June 25-26

By Michael Gioia
25 Jun 2013

The Pasadena Playhouse's final presentation of its 2012-13 Hothouse at The Playhouse series, The Future Perfect, directed by Tony Award nominee Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages), is offered June 25-26 in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse.



Featuring a book by Jonathan Caren, music and lyrics by Emmy Award-winning composer and songwriter Ben Decter, the 8 PM readings have musical direction by Kyle Puccia.

"This project is a labor of love for us...and something we've enjoyed developing from the ground up," said director Hanggi in a statement. "I've always thought of this musical as John Lennon's quote – 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.' I'm really interested in exploring all the optimism of youth and our dreams, and how life grows us by the events that happen along the way."

Added composer and lyricist Decter, "After several aborted attempts at exploring the early years of being a Dad through words alone, I finally turned to songwriting. It just so happened that Kristin Hanggi was given a CD, and thus began the deep development process. Kristin promised on day one that this would be a long, challenging journey. Yet, we keep moving forward, onward, and upward and that's actually what this story is about. It's amazing how our show, and all of us, have grown through the process – especially the little girl who was the original inspiration for this story."

The Future Perfect, according to press notes, "is a story about a singer and his band on the verge of their dreams, but behind the scenes his family is falling apart. While the band deals with their newfound fame, Daniel is dealing with his newfound daughter and her ensuing medical crisis, which will require more love than he ever imagined. In The Future Perfect, we follow a young man's struggle to accept a different vision of himself, his daughter and the future. It's a musical about going for your dreams, and being surprised by what you find along the way..."

Hothouse at The Playhouse "cultivates writers, actors and directors of all backgrounds through new play development."

To make a reservation, click here or by call (626) 356-7529.