One staging in the new season is yet to be announced for the California company who just presented the Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones-N. Richard Nash musical 110 In The Shade. Finishing off the 2004 season will be a staging of Nicholas Wright's Vincent in Brixton (Aug. 13-Sept. 19) and the world premiere of Tina Andrews and Stanley Bennett Clay's musical Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
The 2005 season (subject to change) will include:
Anna in the Tropics (Jan. 7-Feb. 13, 2005) - Richard Hamburger directs Nilo Cruz's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a man hired as a reader in a Cuban cigar factory whose tales come to life as he becomes involved with the unhappily married daughter of the owner.
Doubt (March 4-April 10, 2005) - John Patrick Shanley's new tale set in a Catholic junior high school in the Bronx in 1964 will debut at the Off-Broadway stage of Manhattan Theatre Club this fall. Pasadena audiences will catch it next spring.
Private Lives (April 29-June 5, 2005) - The Noel Coward classic gets a Playhouse staging. The comedy finds two honeymooning couples in adjoining rooms of a Parisian hotel, the problem is two of the newlywed foursome were married to each other.
Purlie (June 24-July 31, 2005) - Pasadena artistic director Sheldon Epps directs the revival of the musical with music by Gary Geld, lyrics by Peter Udell and a book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose, and Peter Udell. The musical based on the play "Purlie Victorious" finds a young idealistic preacher and his attempt to free the Southern townsfolk from the grips of slavery and racism.
Open Window (Aug. 19-Sept. 25, 2005) - Shirley Jo Finney directs the world premiere of Stephen Sachs new work which centers on two deaf women's attempt to break through to a man who did not learn the language during childhood. The work is a co-production with Deaf West Theatre — who presented the acclaimed revival of Big River. Subscriptions to the new season at Pasadena Playhouse, at 39 South El Molino Ave. in Pasadena, CA , call (626) 356-PLAY. For more information, visit www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.