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LAST CHANCE…WATERFALL CLOSES THIS SUNDAY!

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WATERFALL ends its amazing run this weekend! Don’t miss your chance to see this thought-provoking and drama-filled show. Haven’t seen WATERFALL yet? Great savings below!

“Be one of the first to see ‘Waterfall.’ You will be glad you did.” -Pasdena Star News

“A gloriously staged, gorgeously performed World Premiere production.” -Stage Scene LA

Waterfall is sumptuously breathtaking with an extraordinary director and ensemble.” -Broadway World

Book and Lyrics by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Miss Saigon)
Music by Academy Award winner David Shire
Co-Directed and Choreographed by Tony Award nominee Dan Knechtges
Directed by Tak Viravan

WATERFALL is an epic love story set in Bangkok and Tokyo between the turbulent years of 1933 and 1939, as a monarchy falls in Thailand and Japan is on the brink of war. A young Thai student falls in love with the American wife of a Thai diplomat, and the story of their forbidden love parallels history as the new democracy of Siam moves into the vortex of the increasingly anti-American Japan. With a gloriously romantic score, WATERFALL is a modern love story of timeless scale.

$45 WEEKNIGHT TICKETS*
Front Orchestra/Mezzanine
(Regular Price = $77)
Use Code: SE45

$55 WEEKEND TICKETS**
Front Orchestra/Mezzanine
(Regular Price = $87)
Use Code: SE55

*Code SE45 is valid for $45 front orchestra/mezzanine tickets to the 7 p.m. performance on Sun., June 28. **Code SE55 is valid for $55 front orchestra/mezzanine tickets to all remaining weekend performances (Fri., Sat. & Sun. at 2 p.m.). Codes expire on Sun. June 28 . Excludes Row C and Hot Seats. All seats are best available. Offer not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with any other offer. All tickets are subject to availability. Service charges and theatre restoration fee apply to all orders.

WATERFALL tickets may be purchased online or by calling 626-356-7529.

MUAY THAI DEMONSTRATION

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Saturday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Before the 8:00 p.m. performance
The Engemann Family Courtyard at The Pasadena Playhouse
Free Admission

Enjoy an action-packed Muay Thai Demonstration…click here for more information on before-and-after-show activities.

MUAY THAI DEMONSTRATION
From Seuua Daao and Kronphet Phetrachapat of
S&K Muay Thai Gym!

Join us for a special pre-show Muay Thai demonstration with Seuua Daao and Kronphet Phetrachapat of S&K Muay Thai Gym! Seuua hails from Great Britain. He has studied with Kru Yai John Steele and Grandmaster Sken Kaewpadung, and has trained extensively in Thailand. Kronphet “Diamond Hands” Phetrachapat hails from Mahasarakham, Thailand, and began his studies at age 11, competing for money to support his family. He has since competed at the top stadiums in Thailand, including the Lumpinee Rajadamnerm, Omnoi, and more. Together, Seuaa and Kronphet use their 40+ years of knowledge to teach and train around the world.

EXPLORE. ENGAGE. EXPERIENCE.

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Afternoon Tea at The Playhouse, provided by T-Neer:

Sunday, June 28 at 12:30 p.m. Before the 2:00 p.m. performance
The Pasadena Playhouse’s Makineni Library
$20 Per Person (Space is limited to 40 guests)
 
Enjoy an exquisite Thai-and-Japanese-themed afternoon tea with select members of the cast and crew, from T –Neer’s founder Aruna Kumar.
 
The menu includes:

TEAS
- Japanese Genmsaicha
- Thai Milk Te
- Green Earl Grey
- White Rose Tea

SANDWICHES
- Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches
- Tuna Seaweed Sandwiches
- Garden Ribbon
- Cucumber Sandwich

DESSERT
- Mango Sticky Rice

 
Advance purchase recommended: Click here or call (626) 356-7529.

PATRON SPOTLIGHT!

Nid,-Tak,-BudThis week’s Patron Spotlight features Waraporn (Nid) Tiaprasith, Former President of the Thai Association of Southern California, Inc.

“WATERFALL is fascinating. It is an extra ordinary play, and one that I truly believe is a show for everyone to see!”

 

(L-R) Waraporn Tiaprasith, Tak Viravan, Mr. Jesda Katavetin, Nuttavut Chanprasit.

Q&A with WATERFALL’s Marcus Choi

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Returning from his Playhouse debut in DANGEROUS BEAUTY, Marcus Choi stars as the Thai minister in WATERFALL. We had a chance to ask him a few questions.

Q: How does it feel to return to The Playhouse stage? And welcome back!

A: It feels amazing. It’s such an honor to be part of The Pasadena Playhouse family. I have the utmost respect for Sheldon Epps and the theatre. All the work The Playhouse does has such integrity. Also, I’m from Los Angeles so it’s special to me that I get to work locally for one on the best theatres in town.

Q: You’re starring in George Takei’s Broadway musical Allegiance this fall. What’s it like working with the legendary actor?

A: George is so boisterous and lively, in everyday life and as a performer. He’s so giving and kind, and such a role model to younger actors as an example of a lifelong career.

The theatre is special because you go through rehearsals and the tech process, and you really become a family. I enjoyed getting to know George in the workshops, and I look forward to getting to know him better in the fall.

Q: As an actor, what’s one question that you never get tired of hearing?

A: There’s one answer I never get tired of saying. You can ask the question multiple ways, but it’s basically, “Do you have any advice for younger actors?” The thing I try to stress is the importance of staying hungry and trying to stay passionate about your career. I’ve been a performer for the last 20 years and people ask me, “How have you been in the business for so long?” The truth is that most of the time, I don’t feel like I’m working. When I’m passionate about something, I feel like I get to play and have fun for my career. I guess the trick is to remember where the initial love came from and continue to be passionate about that.

To learn more about Marcus, visit MarcusChoi.net.

WATERFALL tickets may be purchased online or by calling 626-356-7529.

EXPLORE. ENGAGE. EXPERIENCE.

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Afternoon Tea at The Playhouse, provided by T-Neer:Sunday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Following the 2:00 p.m. performance or before the 7:00 p.m. performanceEnjoy an exquisite Thai-and-Japanese-themed afternoon tea with select members of the cast and crew, from T –Neer’s founder Aruna Kumar. The menu includes:

TEAS
-Japanese Genmsaicha
– Thai Milk Tea
– Green Earl Grey
– White Rose teaSANDWICHES- Pineapple chicken sandwiches
– Tuna seaweed sandwiches
– Garden Ribbon
– Cucumber SandwichDESSERT- Mango sticky rice

Advance purchase recommended: Click here or call (626) 356-7529.

PATRON SPOTLIGHT!

Polly Sweeney

This week’s Patron Spotlight features Polly and Stender Sweeney.

“‘Waterfall’ was truly magical. One transcends into another world filled with history, love and tragedy. The sets were amazing. The show truly takes the audience on a journey. Music captivates and adds to the emotional impact. Bravo!”

‘WATERFALL’ CONVERSATIONS AND EXHIBIT

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June 21, 2015

Following the 2:00 p.m. performance
Click here for more information
Post-Show at The Playhouse is our series of talks immediately following a Mainstage performance that features members of the cast, crew and artistic team and break down the barrier between the audience and the artists. Participation of the artists is completely voluntary. We thank them for sharing their time, talents and providing our audience members with a glimpse into the theatermaking process. This event is free to patrons who have purchased tickets to the performance preceding the talk-back.

June 23, 2015

Following the 8:00 p.m. performance
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From 1933 to 2015: Japan and Thailand Today
Panelists: Duncan Williams (University of Southern California), Sorasak Samonkraisorakit (Thai Deputy Consul-General), and actors from the production.

The Georgia T. McClay Friendship Center
When you come to our production of WATERFALL, be sure to visit The Georgie T. McClay Friendship Center for an interactive exhibit about the show. More information is available here.

We believe the activity of theatre is a two-way street. Together, audience members and artists create a unique experience for each performance. To expand upon this symbiotic relationship between theatre and community, we’ve organized four post-show conversations surrounding our next production, WATERFALL.

Q & A WITH WATERFALL’s MUSIC DIRECTOR

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WATERFALL‘s music director and arranger, John McDaniel took time in between performances to answer a few questions for us.

Q: Tell us your journey of becoming a Grammy and Emmy Award winning Music Director, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, and Theatrical and Recording producer?

A: I started out as a performer, studying music theater at Carnegie Mellon. While I was there, through the guidance of Mel Shapiro, I shifted my focus to music direction, thereby setting me on my life path. I’ve been fortunate to work consistently in music and theatre as far back as high school.

Q: How does it feel to play the music of a great Broadway composer, David Shire?

It’s pretty terrific – he’s a great guy and such a talented composer and collaborator. His partner, Richard Maltby Jr., is pretty top-notch, himself!

Q: You were the long time band leader of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” what was that like?

Six and ½ years of bliss! I loved each and every show and I got to work with all of my idols, including Billy Joel, Barry Manilow and Elton John! I’m so proud of that show; most especially what we did bringing Broadway into people’s living rooms.

Q: Anything else?

It’s so terrific to be back in Pasadena among such warm and intelligent audiences. And New York doesn’t have all these gorgeous palm trees!!

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 626-356-7529.

WATCH WATERFALL AND JOIN IN SOME FUN ACTIVITIES

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World Premiere
WATERFALL
A New Musical
May 29-June 28, 2015
 
Already have tickets for WATERFALL?
Enjoy additional activities during your visit to The Playhouse!
THAI DANCE PERFORMANCE
Saturday, June 13
3:00 p.m., before the 4:00 p.m. performance
7:00 p.m., before the 8:00 p.m. performance
In The Engemann Family Courtyard at The Pasadena Playhouse
Free Admission
 
AFTERNOON TEA AT THE PLAYHOUSE
Provided by T-Neer
Sunday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Following the 2:00 p.m. performance or before the 7:00 p.m. performance
Sunday, June 28 at 12:30 p.m.
Before the 2:00 p.m. performance
The Pasadena Playhouse’s Makineni Library
$20 Per Person (Space is limited to 40 guests)
 
Click here for more information on before-and-after-show activities.
 
WATERFALL tickets may be purchased online or by calling 626-356-7529.