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A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
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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WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
OCTOBER 27-NOVEMNER 22, 2015
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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July 21 – August 16, 2015
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This week’s Patron Spotlight features David Morrison, who has been a Pasadena Playhouse subscriber since 2013.
“My wife is Thai and we attended the musical, Waterfall, and enjoyed it very much. I work for City National Bank in our downtown office and travel to Thailand twice a year. We own a home just outside Bangkok. I applaud your efforts on behalf of the Thai community. I hope we can bring other cultural events to Los Angeles as I believe it shows a very beautiful side of Thai culture and people.”
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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.
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$55 WEEKEND TICKETS**
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*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.
Saturday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Before the 8:00 p.m. performance
The Engemann Family Courtyard at The Pasadena Playhouse
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.
Afternoon Tea at The Playhouse, provided by T-Neer:
- Japanese Genmsaicha
- Thai Milk Te
- Green Earl Grey
- White Rose Tea
- Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches
- Tuna Seaweed Sandwiches
- Garden Ribbon
- Cucumber Sandwich
- Mango Sticky Rice
“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.