By Andrew Gans
11 Apr 2014
Helmed by artistic director Sheldon Epps, performances are scheduled for Sept. 16-Oct. 12.
The Pasadena Playhouse production will, according to press notes, "view the work through a new lens, using the wonderful material of this celebrated production to showcase the trailblazing African-American touring troupes of the early 20th century. Those groups of traveling players brought the work of the Bard not just to New York, but to theatres all over the country… Many of the most famous actors of our time owe much to those pioneers, who included Hattie McDaniel, Paul Robeson, Earle Hyman, Jane White, and Dorothy Van Engle. Those brave actors brought literal 'color' to great classical roles, opened doors for others, and represent the high style and theatricality that have always been embodied in Porter's masterpiece."
Kiss Me, Kate features a score by Cole Porter and a book by Bella and Samuel Spewack.
"I am thrilled to be adding Cole Porter's great masterpiece, one of the true classics of the American musical theatre canon, to our upcoming season," said director Epps in a statement. “There are so many things about this brilliant show that speak to the very heart of our theatre - love of the classics, great storytelling, and the genuine celebration of the joys of a life in the theatre. As the director, I am looking forward to bringing a fresh eye to this great material and to conceiving our production in a way which will make this fantastic musical completely at home on the stage of The Playhouse."
The season also includes Stop Kiss (Nov. 4–30, 2014) by Diana Son; William Gibson’s rarely produced Two for the Seesaw (Jan. 27–Feb. 22, 2015); a new production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (March 17–April 12, 2015); and an Artistic Director’s Choice to be announced at a later date.
For more information visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.