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World Premiere
A New Musical
May 29-June28, 2015
WATERFALL star Bie Sukrit took some time out of his rehearsal schedule to tell us about the journey of performing his first English musical.

Q: Tell us about your journey with this musical.

A: I have been singing for 8 years and was in a singing competition in Thailand called The Star. I did 3 musicals in Thailand and this is my first musical in English. This is my first time to work outside of Thailand, so everything is hard for me.

Q: How is the stage for you in Thailand different then the stage here?

A: In Thailand, I know the audience. I know how to make them happy, how to make them cry and how to make them laugh. But here in America, I am learning about humor from my friends of the cast and from my English teacher. I study everyday.

Q: Tell us about your character, Noppon.

A: In the start of the show he is around 23 years old and he wants to be an American. He is Thai and he decides to go to Japan where it is the most modern country in Asia in the 1930s. He meets Katherine who changes Noppon’s life. She makes Noppon appreciate everything– beauty, art, and Thai culture.

Bie Sukrit wants YOU to come see him in WATERFALL-American Version.

Tickets to WATERFALL are available at the Box Office, online or by calling 626-356-7529.


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.

Meet the Director, Composer and Writer of WATERFALL
Join us on Saturday, June 6, at 2:30 pm at the USC Pacific Asia Museum for a conversation with Tak Viravan, Richard Maltby, Jr., and David Shire, the creators of WATERFALL. The program is free for members of the USC Pacific Asia Museum and included with museum admission for all others, $10 general, $7 students and seniors. RSVP to the Museum Store (626) 449-2742, ext. 20 or

Talkback Tuesday, June 9, 2015
From THE KING AND I to WATERFALL: Asian and Asian American representation in American Musical Theatre. Panelists: Tak Viravan, Tim Dang, Richard Maltby, Jr., David Shire, and Dr. Wen-li Jen, and actors from the production.

Talkback Tuesday, June 16
From Origin to Opening: Making New Musicals. Panelists: Sheldon Epps, Elise Dewsberry, actors from the production, and others TBA.

Sunday, June 21 – Post-Show at The Playhouse
This talkback features the actors and artists of WATERFALL. Click here for more information.

Talkback Tuesday, June 23
From 1933 to 2015: Japan and Thailand Today. Panelists: Duncan Williams, actors from the production and others TBA. Click here for more information on Talkback Tuesdays.

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.

Photo Caption: (L-R) Bie Sukrit. Photo & Emily Padgett. Photo by: Joan Marcus.


This week’s Patron Spotlight is, Michael Oppenheim.

“The Pasadena Playhouse production of Pygmalion earlier this spring was one of the finest, most memorable productions of this masterpiece I have ever seen. Although I first met Eliza Dolittle and Professor Higgins—probably as most people have—as they sang (or spoke) the immortal songs of Lernerand Loewe, I soon discovered the characters’ even richer Shavian origins. My only disappointment is that the brevity of the run at The Playhouse made it possible for me to see Jessica Kubzansky’s brilliantly realized production only three times—with each viewing even better than the last. My resounding praise for all of the ‘cast and creatives’ and for everyone else behind the scenes is unreserved.”

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2015 – 2016 Season at The Pasadena Playhouse -
A Program for all Angelenos
The Playhouse has been developing a relationship with the Los Angeles community for nearly 100 years. The new season is no exception to this original approach, with pertinent, elegant and audacious musicals and plays.

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*Subscribers receive priority access to purchase, special seating availability and an exclusive discount. Please check our website for updated information on the single-ticket on-sale date.

GREENHOUSE at The Playhouse

May 26-May 30, 2015


Join us for readings of three new plays by the three graduating students from the MFA in Dramatic Writing program at University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts.

By Lena Ford
Directed by Nataki Garrett

Tuesday, May 26 at 8:00 PM
Friday, May 29 at 8:00 PM

Privatized prisons. Who gains the most when the government partners with institutions that capitalize on the lives of others?CHILD’S PLAY takes a realistic look at how privatized prisons affects families in America.

By Victoria Moy
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky

Wednesday, May 27, 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 30, 2:30 PM

A comedy about two sisters who ‘hatch’ a plan and take a gamble of their own to save their dysfunctional family from ruin when their father’s gambling debts bring a henchman to the door.

By Tylar Pendgraft
Directed by Seema Sueko
Thursday, May 28, 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 30, 8:00 PM

After Deborah volunteers her husband, Josh, for genetic alteration that will make him a better soldier, he is involved in a training accident that leaves another solider dead. As Deborah and Josh attempt to recover from this tragedy, she discovers she is unable to carry a child to term and turns to science to remedy the problem.


The Carrie Hamilton Theatre
at The Pasadena Playhouse

39 S. El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
2nd Floor

Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets.



March 6, 2015

Patt Morrison interviews Broadway icon Patricia Morison.

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Join Us for The Colony Theatre’s West Coast Premiere of “The Road To Appomattox”

Save $10 on Tickets for Opening Weekend!*
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The Road To Appomattox

February 14 – March 15, 2015
By Catherine Bush
Directed by Brian Shnipper
Who knew that Civil War General Robert E. Lee‘s challenges and final retreat to Appomattox would weave brilliantly with a parallel story of a modern-day couple facing marital troubles? A one hundred and fifty year gap isn’t enough to break the tie between these two disparate parties stuck in a not-so-civil game of love and war as their futures hang in the balance.
Tickets available online at or by calling 818-558-7000.
The Colony Theatre Company
555 North Third Street
Burbank, California  91502
*Patrons will be able to call and receive $10 Off using code LEE10 on the following days/tiers:
Wed 2/11Thurs 2/12Fri 2/13 (Tier A Only)
Thurs 2/19Fri 2/20 (Tier A and B Only)
In order to qualify for this promotion, patrons must purchase the ticket by the 2/14 deadline. 



Published : Monday, November 3, 2014 | 1:32 PM

The new musical Breaking Through with book by Kirsten Guenther, and music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz, will have an industry presentation on Wednesday, November 5 at Carroll Studios in New York.

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Theater with a Capital “T”

by Jana Monji

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Listening to the excited whispering of industry people and fellow critics at the recent Los Angeles premiere of “Life Itself” at the Hollywood ArcLight, I realized how jaded I had become. As red carpets go, it was a modest affair…Read Full Article