Parson’s Nose Theater opens its 14th season of adaptations of classic works on Sept. 28, 2013. Some of the plays are done in the readers’ theater style, and others are full productions.
The eight plays that will be presented are threaded together with a head vs. heart theme. Producing Artistic Director Lance Davis explains, “Great writing is about the heart. We all want to love and be loved, to be accepted, continuously, every day. The mind can think it rules, but the heart always wins, and that struggle can produce great comedy. That’s what this season is about.”
Tickets for all productions are available by calling (626) 403-7667, visiting www.parsonsnose.com, or emailing email@example.com. All productions included in Parson’s Nose Readers’ Theater Series are “pay what you will” to ensure no one is excluded from enjoying an experience at the theater. Performances are at Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, Calif.
The plays of the 2013-14 season are
The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Sept. 28-29, 2013. In 18th Century London, Old Sir Peter brings a much younger wife to the big city. Two brothers are put to the test to find out who is the rascal and who the hypocrite. (Readers’ Theater Series)
“Classics that go Bump in the Night” by Poe, Benet, and Jackson, Oct. 12-13, 2013. American classic authors at their spooky, autumnal best, Edgar Allan Poe takes us to a bone-filed wine cellar far below Venetian streets in “The Cask of Amontillado,” Stephen Vincent Benet pitches America’s greatest lawyer against the Prince of Darkness for a New Englander’s soul in “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” and a sunny American town shows a much, much darker side in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.” (Readers’ Theater Series)
The Middle Class Nobleman by Molière, Nov. 8-24, 2013. A world premiere translation/adaptation by Lance Davis brings us the narcissistic bourgeois, Monsieur Jourdain who can buy all of the lessons but none of the talent. His ignorance is far from bliss for his wife and family. (Full Production Series)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Dec. 21-22, 2013. Parson’s Nose’s annual celebration of the English language revels in Dickens’ own words, including the witty, incisive, but seldom-heard narration. (Readers’ Theater Series)
“As You Were: Stories for American GI’s in WWII” with works by Twain, Dana, Parker & Whitman as edited by Alexander Woollcott, Jan. 25-26, 2014. Inspiring and humorous selections from American classics, Two Years Before the Mast, Huckleberry Finn, “The Waltz” and “The Declaration of Independence.” In conjunction with this reading, Parson’s Nose Theater will be holding a book drive to donate books to current men and women serving in the United States Military. (Readers’ Theater Series)
The Algonquin Round Table by Parker, Benchley, Thurber, and friends, Feb. 8-16, 2014. Sophistication and wicked humor from the 1930s, the Golden Era of New Yorker legends. (Full Production Series)
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, March 22-23, 2014. There is something tragically comical about the self-obsession of Chekhov’s characters, as experienced in the raging fight for attention in Madame Arkadina’s summerhouse of drama, where innocence never has a chance. (Readers’ Theater Series)
Little Sophie’s Misfortunes: A Cautionary Tale by Comtesse de Segur, April 12-13, 2014. Meant to instruct little girls and boys, but useful for all ages, little Sophie has a choice to listen to mother and nanny or to listen to her own voices. And each time she chooses disaster strikes. (Readers’ Theater Series.)
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