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THE626NOW
March 3, 2012
Last month's exit by Stephen Eich as executive director at the Pasadena Playhouse last month was greeted with a mixture of regret and gratitude in the theater community. Eich was a crucial player in rescuing the old venue from financial ruin. Stepping in as interim executive director is Charles Dillingham, former managing director for two decades at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, which includes the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is currently a vice president at the Arts Consulting Group, and brings with him four decades of executive experience at a variety of performing arts companies, from the American Ballet Theatre to the Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre Company.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephanie Hallett | August 26, 2011
Pasadena Playhouse had a rough 2010, but executives with the venerable theater group have shed long-standing financial burdens and are looking ahead to the launch of the 2011-12 season Sept. 16. In February 2010, the 94-year-old organization closed its theater doors after staging just one of its planned productions. In May, the playhouse filed for bankruptcy. It had $102,000 in cash and savings, but owed more than $2.3 million to creditors. The company planned to restructure and emerge from bankruptcy within two months.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lynne Heffley | November 12, 2013
“Twelve Angry Men,” the classic jury-room drama by Reginald Rose, has undergone numerous incarnations. The 1957 film, based on Rose's original teleplay, starred Henry Fonda as one of the 12 white, male jurors determining the fate of a teenager from the slums who is accused of his father's murder. During deliberation, tempers flare and ugly prejudices against “those people” surface. It was a cable TV movie in the 1990s, fodder for stagings from the 1950s on, and made it to Broadway in 2004, courtesy of the award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company production.
COMMUNITY
By Ruth Sowby | February 11, 2014
Guests at the Dancing with Diamonds gala rocked the night away on Friday at the Glendale Educational Foundation's annual ball. Representing the diamond theme, two half-carat diamond rings were given to drawing winners, who purchased champagne flutes for a chance to win. But the three Hope Diamond awardees, all having graduated from a Glendale high school, were the most sparkling diamonds of the evening. At the Glendale Hilton, some 400 guests gathered to honor Hoover High School 1938 graduate Paul R. Ignatius , Crescenta Valley High School 1974 graduate Ron DePompa and Hoover High School 2003 graduate Shant Sahakian . Eric Hamilton , foundation vice president and master of ceremonies, welcomed his audience and introduced Foundation President Lynn Miyamoto , who began her remarks by announcing that the foundation has contributed $3 million to Glendale Schools.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2004
Michael J. Arvizu The theater is dark no more for Furious Theatre Company. As a matter of fact, the lights have gotten brighter and spots have been added. Beginning this fall, Furious Theatre Company will stage full-scale productions in the Pasadena Playhouse's 99-seat Balcony Theatre as part of a partership with the Playhouse. For the first time since May of 2003, Furious will have a permanent space in which to produce its shows. Previously, the company had to stage productions on the shipping and receiving dock of Armory Northwest, a former plastics factory owned by the city of Pasadena.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2005
Things will heat up this month when the Pasadena Playhouse presents Nilo Cruz's "Anna in the Tropics," winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in drama. This lyrical, passionate tale runs from Jan. 7 to Feb. 13. "Anna in the Tropics" is a co-production with Dallas Theater Center and the Arizona Theatre Company and is directed by Dallas Theater Center's artistic director Richard Hamburger. Opening night will be Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Hired to read to the employees at an antiquated Cuban cigar factory, Juan Julian soon falls for Conchita, an unhappily married employee whose husband has already betrayed her. Julian's novel of choice, Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," provides the dramatic and telling backdrop for the life-changing choices the characters must make.
FEATURES
By Ani Amirkhanian | February 13, 2008
Glendale resident Ruthanna Valentine wrote her first play when she was about 14 years old. It didn’t take long for her English teacher to notice her talent when she was in middle school. Valentine, 89, got a little help from her teacher, and before she knew it, she was writing plays based on conversations she had overheard, she said. But Valentine’s playwriting stint was short-lived. After graduating from high school in Pasadena, she decided to pursue creative writing in college.
NEWS
May 24, 2001
Joyce Rudolph PASADENA -- Jazz violinist Lesa Terry of Glendale will participate in a panel sponsored by the Pasadena Playhouse in connection with its production of "Side Man" on Saturday, June 2. Titled "A Great Day of Jazz," the symposium is free to the public and will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave. The three panels are Jazz in Hollywood, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.,...
BUSINESS
By Michael J. Arvizu | February 8, 2010
The Glendale Centre Theatre announced last week that it will be offering Pasadena Playhouse season ticket holders the opportunity to watch, for free, the iconic Glendale theater’s production of “Kiss Me, Kate,” which opens Thursday. Pasadena Playhouse, in operation since 1917, held its last curtain call Sunday for its performance of “Camelot.” The theater’s closure was announced Jan. 30. Glendale Centre Theatre, at 324 N. Orange St., will set aside a select number of seats for each performance of the musical, on a first-come first-served basis, during the show’s run, which ends April 3, said Glendale Centre Theatre Executive Producer Tim Dietlein.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2006
When does faith become fury? An empty Florida condo. Three dead bodies. Is this a shady crime scene or God's fateful hand at work? Perceptions keep changing as "Grace" deconstructs the marriage of an intensely Christian couple, their not-so-religious disfigured neighbor, a shaky business deal ? and the way religious ideas make sense, and sometimes nonsense, of life's events. This is a darkly funny, sometimes hilarious, deadly serious and provocative new play from Craig Wright, writer of "Recent Tragic Events" and HBO's "Six Feet Under."
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NEWS
By Lynne Heffley | March 28, 2014
Noël Coward is comfortably at home at the Pasadena Playhouse, thanks to an ongoing partnership with award-winning director Art Manke, who helmed Coward's seldom-done "Fallen Angels" at the Playhouse last year. Manke, a notable Coward specialist, is acutely sensitive to the emotional depths beneath the playwright's signature sophistication and frothy wit. In "A Song at Twilight," one of Coward's last works, running at the Playhouse through April 13, the emotional resonances are closer to the surface - and Manke and a dream cast realize them to the fullest.
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NEWS
By Laura Tate | February 21, 2014
Ask a 20-something if they know who Gene Kelly was and most likely the response will be a blank stare . Start singing the lyrics to “Singing in the Rain,” and immediately his or her face will light up with recognition of one the most famous, eponymous American film musicals. Gene Kelly's choreography, dancing and singing are indelible in the American musical landscape - particularly in the films “An American in Paris” and “Singing in the Rain.” However, what many may not know is the breadth of Kelly's work beyond his singing and dancing, as well as the iconic dancer's talents and interests that lived outside the limelight of his film and theater career.
COMMUNITY
By Ruth Sowby | February 11, 2014
Guests at the Dancing with Diamonds gala rocked the night away on Friday at the Glendale Educational Foundation's annual ball. Representing the diamond theme, two half-carat diamond rings were given to drawing winners, who purchased champagne flutes for a chance to win. But the three Hope Diamond awardees, all having graduated from a Glendale high school, were the most sparkling diamonds of the evening. At the Glendale Hilton, some 400 guests gathered to honor Hoover High School 1938 graduate Paul R. Ignatius , Crescenta Valley High School 1974 graduate Ron DePompa and Hoover High School 2003 graduate Shant Sahakian . Eric Hamilton , foundation vice president and master of ceremonies, welcomed his audience and introduced Foundation President Lynn Miyamoto , who began her remarks by announcing that the foundation has contributed $3 million to Glendale Schools.
NEWS
November 13, 2013
Police cited a Glendale teen Tuesday after he reportedly threw a water bottle from a two-story window at a man who was cleaning up after his dog, officials said. The man was reportedly walking his dog about 12:51 a.m. in the 800 block of South Glendale Avenue, where the animal defecated on a nearby lawn, according to Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. As he picked up his dog's feces, he noticed the teen opened an apartment window and then threw a plastic water bottle at him, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lynne Heffley | November 12, 2013
“Twelve Angry Men,” the classic jury-room drama by Reginald Rose, has undergone numerous incarnations. The 1957 film, based on Rose's original teleplay, starred Henry Fonda as one of the 12 white, male jurors determining the fate of a teenager from the slums who is accused of his father's murder. During deliberation, tempers flare and ugly prejudices against “those people” surface. It was a cable TV movie in the 1990s, fodder for stagings from the 1950s on, and made it to Broadway in 2004, courtesy of the award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company production.
COMMUNITY
July 23, 2013
Dorothy Bellesiles, of Ventura, California, passed away on Saturday, July 13 after a brief illness. Dorothy was born September 5, 1931 to Rev. Stanley Bailes and Hazel Bailes, in Southern California. She graduated from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles and followed her dream to become an actor by joining the Orchard Gables Repertory Theater Group in Hollywood. There she met and fell in love with Anthony (Tony) J. Lorea, whom she married in 1950.They went on to act, together and separately, through the 1950s on stage and television.
COMMUNITY
April 9, 2013
Dr. Gordon Breitman, long-time resident of La Canada and community physician for over 45 years, passed away in his home at the age of 78 in Henderson, NV, on April 4, surrounded by loving family. He is remembered for his kindness, warmth, thoughtfulness and good deeds. A believer in community service, he spent much of his spare time while a La Canada resident volunteering as President of the Friends of the Library, working to improve the Pasadena Playhouse and the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center.
NEWS
March 3, 2012
Last month's exit by Stephen Eich as executive director at the Pasadena Playhouse last month was greeted with a mixture of regret and gratitude in the theater community. Eich was a crucial player in rescuing the old venue from financial ruin. Stepping in as interim executive director is Charles Dillingham, former managing director for two decades at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, which includes the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is currently a vice president at the Arts Consulting Group, and brings with him four decades of executive experience at a variety of performing arts companies, from the American Ballet Theatre to the Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre Company.
THE626NOW
March 3, 2012
Last month's exit by Stephen Eich as executive director at the Pasadena Playhouse last month was greeted with a mixture of regret and gratitude in the theater community. Eich was a crucial player in rescuing the old venue from financial ruin. Stepping in as interim executive director is Charles Dillingham, former managing director for two decades at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, which includes the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is currently a vice president at the Arts Consulting Group, and brings with him four decades of executive experience at a variety of performing arts companies, from the American Ballet Theatre to the Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre Company.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lynne Heffley | February 10, 2012
When the Pasadena Playhouse filed for bankruptcy in 2010, closing its doors and some $2.3 million in debt, a leading player in its recovery and reopening later that year was Stephen Eich, the respected former managing director of both Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the Geffen Playhouse. Eich took on the position of executive director at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2009 to help guide the venerable theater back to solvency. Now, less than three years later, he is leaving that position to pursue projects of his own, he said.
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