Anna, Doubt, Purlie and New Deaf West Show Set for New Pasadena Playhouse Season | Playbill

News Anna, Doubt, Purlie and New Deaf West Show Set for New Pasadena Playhouse Season
Pasadena Playhouse has announced the lineup for its upcoming 2005 season including Anna in the Tropics, Doubt, Private Lives a world premiere co-production with DeafWest Theatre of Open Window and a revival of the musical Purlie.

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


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