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Q: This is your first time acting at The Playhouse, how does it feel?

A: I love it! I am so jazzed! Real Women Have Curves was a very special movie and role for me. I was able to work with the great Lupe Ontiveros and America Ferrera by a talented writer, Josefina Lopez. Being able to work at this historical theater with an amazing assemble of actresses has been a dream come true for me. This is my first professional play and having Seema Sueko directing us with her gentle hand has been a blessing.

Q: Tell us about your journey becoming the voice of Officer Montoya in “Batman: The Animated Series.”

A: “Batman: The Animated Series was cast with real actors and singers, they chose not to use animation actors. I lucked out because Officer Montoya had to be fully bilingual and she needed to have a generic accent, which I could do. I have found that animations fans are the most loyal of fans. They can quote lines, names and dates at the drop of a hat. Officer Montoya has fans all around the world.

Q: What are some things you like to do for fun?

A: I love spending time in my garden, I grew up on on a farm in Nicaragua, Central America, where we grew everything. I have passed the love of nature to my daughter and we have wonderful times planting in our yard.

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This week’s Patron Spotlight features Chuck Heinold, who is a Talent Buyer and Producer.

“My wife and I were both blown away by A Night With Janis Joplin. We are both in the music business and probably a bit jaded when it comes to being impressed, but the show is amazing in its portrayal of Janis. Not only is Kacee Clanton vocally and visually stunning as Janis but the band and the three support singers were all equally impressive. I recommend this show to anyone with a heart and soul and a love of American Blues and rock music.”

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We’re so excited about the organizations that are coming to see REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES at The Pasadena Playhouse between September 8 – October 4. Many of these groups are coming to The Playhouse for the first time. If you’d like to organize a group of friends to see the show together, contact our Group Sales Associate, Susan Von Tress, at 626-921-1164.
Look who’s coming so far!
Garment Worker Center
Adelante Youth Alliance
National Latina Business Women Association
Vecinos de South Pasadena
Pasadena City College
Latino Heritage
Alhambra Latino Association/ Alhmabra PUSD
CASA 0101
Carmen Gillman Book Club
Beatriz Ochoa & Friends
C.O.P.A. Latinas for Education Scholarship
Antelope Valley College
USC, School of Dramatic Arts
Las Fotos
District 5 Night, Councilmember Victor Gordo
Villa Parke Community Center
 The University of Chicago, Chicago Women’s Alliance
LGBTQ Night @ The Playhouse
Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance
USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise
Miguel Contreras Foundation
LA Female Playwrights Initiative
Whittier College


This week’s Patron Spotlight features Lisa Angelo, who flew all the way from Warren, Ohio.
“I saw that Mary Bridget Davies was performing at The Pasadena Playhouse so I decided to plan my LA trip around seeing a weekend show. My friend and I were front row and center stage! The stage was so perfectly set up for ‘Janis.’ I obviously knew that Mary Bridget was going to kill it with her performance, but when you added in the other singers, WOW is all I have to say about them! It was a nonstop 2 hour performance, that I could’ve sat thru again and again. Not only can Mary Bridget sing, but that girl can act too! She had us clapping, singing, screaming, crying, dancing, and enjoying every minute of the show.
This was truly a night that I’ll never forget, and I will definitely be visiting The Pasadena Playhouse again in the near future.”
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Take a Peek Behind The Scenes of REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES!

Check out these photos from the rehearsal room of REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES
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Q: How does it feel to return to The Playhouse stage? 
A: I am always excited and honored to work at The Pasadena Playhouse. I starred in my first Los Angeles production, Sisterella, here at The Playhouse. I am proud to say that A Night With Janis Joplin is my seventh. Every time I return I feel like I am home. The best thing about returning is that little has changed. The staff, the crew, the green room and The Friends of Pasadena are still here to welcome me back.
Fun Fact: Sisterella was produced in 1996 by the King of Pop, Micheal Jackson.
Q: Tell us about your journey becoming an American television, theatre, and film actress.
A: My journey started at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, as a vocal/performance major. Then I went off to New York where I was cast in the international company of Dreamgirls, which returned to Broadway. I then made my way to LA to pursue a recording career. After recording a song for a possible TV pilot, I decided to take acting lessons and pursue a TV and film career also. It’s been an amazing journey that continues to surprise me all the time. A lot of things I put in motion while other opportunities come from recommendations, right time right place, and always sheer determination. I would never have thought that I would be part of a rock ‘n’ roll show and look, here I am, having the time of my life.
Q: How was it performing on Broadway and Internationally in Dreamgirls?
A: I have been blessed to perform on Broadway twice: Dreamgirls directed by Michael Bennett and Play On directed by Sheldon Epps. I learned so much from both shows. Dreamgirls was my first musical and it was the perfect show for a first timer like me. It taught me many things, most importantly discipline and how to always be ready. Being on the Broadway stage is exhilarating. Knowing the history of Broadway and being a part of it, while being seen by people all over the world and getting to do what you love on the biggest platform in theatre, is amazing. I hope to return to Broadway again.



July 21 – August 16, 2015



Director and writer of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, Randy Johnson, took some time out from rehearsal to answer a few questions for us. 

1. How does it feel to return to directing here at The Pasadena Playhouse?

And welcome back! Being back at The Pasadena Playhouse is like being back at home. Sheldon Epps is one of my greatest advocates and one of my trusted advisors. Sheldon and The Playhouse have created and provided me with a safe and nurturing environment, in which to direct and create. I feel lucky to be part of The Playhouse family.

2. Tell us about your journey with Janis Joplin.

Clearly, my journey with Janis Joplin has been life changing. I set out to create something that would honor the legacy of someone who was one of my great influences. I came to not only respect and treasure the woman that is Janis Joplin, but also have a deep regard and affection for her brother, Michael and sister, Laura. The bond of support and trust that the four of us, (Janis included), forged in the creation of this musical is profound. That trust paved the way to share Janis’ story with the world. The success of my show has been a series of dreams coming true for so many. The rare combination of a theatre artists vision realized, getting the initial production mounted and then having it produced successfully across the country that led to my goal, let alone to every theatre artists goal of making it to Broadway. When I thougth things couldn’t get any better, I felt so blessed when finding out that the show I wrote and directed, creating a role, recieved a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. It is surreal and very real at the same time, and I am very grateful for that.

3. Is there a particular show that you could call your favorite (that you directed)?

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, of course – but all of them hold a special place for me as each show you direct leads you to the next great adventure.

4. What would you say to someone who wants to get into theatre?

If theatre is your dream, your ambition, your drive and you have no other choice to make but to live in the world of theatre, than you must go for it. Don’t do it to be famous, or to be rich or to win awards – do it because you simply have to. Living in the world of theatre is all about the work and nothing else. Dive deep into the imagination, join a theatre club, get into an acting school, take classes and see every piece of theatre and art that you can experience. Not just traditional fare – see everything that calls to your spirit. I highly encourage enrolling in a great school of theatre or repertory program and pursuing a degree. It will give you the foundation of discipline and awareness that will carry you through your life. A life in theatre is one of the greatest and most satisfying adventures one can pursue. Be an original, maintain your integrity, take risks, and never lose the wonder…

5. As a writer and director, what is one question that you never get tired of hearing?

What would you like to do next at our theatre?

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By Kristen Gunther

Music and Lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz

Directed by Sheldon Epps

A World Premiere Musical, Breaking Through is told through the eyes of a young, talented singer/songwriter as she tries to navigate the treacherous shark-filled waters of music business. She embarks on a compelling journey to find her way back to her authentic self and in the process rediscovers the music that truly makes her alive.

Tickets to BREAKING THROUGH are available as part of a 2015-2016 Season Package. Season Packages may be purchase online or by calling 626-356-7529.



This week’s Patron Spotlight features Joyce Tan, who has been a Pasadena Playhouse subscriber since 2014.

“I attended the Playhouse’s Afternoon tea on June 28th with five of my friends as well as my daughter who was visiting from NY. We all totally enjoyed the tea and meeting a couple of the actors and learning interesting facts of ” tea” from the very sweet lady owner of T-neer. I actually saw Waterfall during the first or second week in June and because I enjoyed it so much, I recommended my friends to go see it and ended up helping them get tickets. I want to commend you on the wonderful work and service you provide to our community in the San Gabriel Valley. I will try to support The Pasadena Playhouse as much as I can.”

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