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14 Tennessee Williams Quotes on Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!



 In lieu of this holiday of love, here are some quotes on love and life from one of America’s most beloved  and poetic playwrights, Tennessee Williams.

 Feel free to share with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!


  1. “Physical Beauty is passing – a transitory possession – but beauty of the mind, richness of the spirit, tenderness of the heart – I have all these things – aren’t taken away but grow! Increase with the years!” (From Streetcar Named Desire)

  2. “Everybody is nothing until you love them.” (From The Rose Tattoo)

  3. “The name of a person you love is more than language.”  (more…)

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration on El Molino Ave. this Saturday!


Sugar Skulls, Folklorico Dancers, and Art – Oh My!

This Saturday, Oct. 22,  El Molino Avenue will transform into a festive Dia De Los Muertos evening of fun that’s both free and family-friendly! After spending the morning at The Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse Craft Bazaar from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., join us all along El Molino Ave. – around the courtyard, in our Carrie Hamilton Theatre, and in Playhouse Plaza – to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos!

In partnership with our neighbors at Zona Rosa Caffe, we are honored and thrilled to host the 22nd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Art Exhibition and Celebration. Live Music, a Calavera Art Exhibit, Folklorico Dancers, and Puppet shows will fill the Avenue from 3 – 10 p.m.!

SEE BELOW for a list of must-see events and activities:

-Folklorico Dancers will perform at Playhouse Plaza

-Pasadena City College Graphic students will offer Calavera screen printing

-Bob Baker Marionettes will perform in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse, located up the stairs from our Courtyard

-Candle-Makers from L.A.’s iconic Olvera Street will be sharing their traditional craft

-Peruse the Day of The Dead Altars that will be built on The Playhouse’s Engemann Courtyard

-Indulge in coffee and delicious eats from Zona Rosa Coffee, TLT Foods and redwhite+bluezz.


Press Release: Announcing the Cast for STOP KISS by Diana Son

By Diana Son

Sharon Leal and Angela Lin

John Sloan, Brandon Scott, Amanda Carlin and Jeff De Serrano

Directed by Seema Sueko
Sueko to Make Playhouse Directorial Debut

November 4-30, 2014
at The Pasadena Playhouse

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) announces the cast of STOP KISS, the second production of its 2014-2015 Season. Written by Diana Son and directed by Pasadena Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Seema Sueko, STOP KISS stars Sharon Leal (Bill Condon’sDreamgirls, Fox’s “Boston Public,” and Lionsgate’s Addicted), Angela Lin (Broadway’sChinglish), John Sloan (Fox’s “Happy Hour”), Brandon Scott (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Amanda Carlin (Liar Liar), and Jeff De Serrano (A&E’s “Longmire”). The production is performed November 4 – 30, 2014 with the official press night on Wednesday, November 9, 2014.

Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse says, “I am thrilled that Seema is making her PLAYHOUSE directorial debut with this provocative and still timely play.  I feel certain that she and her sterling cast will strongly deliver this stimulating experience with theatrical verve and great power.”

STOP KISS Director Seema Sueko says “STOP KISS is a play that succeeds on the talent of the actors — their abilities to capture the nuance and comedy of a growing attraction, the complexity of the aftermath of a trauma, and the joy of discovering one’s voice.  We have, in this cast, deeply talented actors who have what it takes to bounce Diana Son’s text through the roof. I’m honored to work with them.”


2014 Diversity Award Honoree – Diahann Carroll


Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran announced that trailblazing actress Diahann Carroll will be the 2014 Diversity Award Honoree at the 8th Annual Pasadena Playhouse Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project fundraising event on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

“I had the true honor (and the great fun) of directing Diahann Carroll here at the Playhouse in our production of BLUE,” said Sheldon Epps. “She has become a good friend and a great supporter of my work here.  Diahann has been a great trailblazer and pioneer in our field, opening many doors in the entertainment industry.  One could say that the Diversity Project itself is in the grand tradition of her achievements.”

Diahann Carroll has moved effortlessly between the worlds of film, television, concerts and the stage throughout her career, earning her the title of “Hollywood Legend.” Ms. Carroll is, perhaps, best known for her critically acclaimed television series, Julia, which debuted in 1968 and ran for three years.   This was one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role for which she received her first Emmy nomination.  She made her Broadway debut starring in Harold Arlen and Truman Capote’s musical House of Flowers. Following this, she starred in the Broadway musical No Strings, for which she won a Tony Award. She returned to the Broadway stage again in 1983 in the award winning production of Agnes of God and received rave reviews for her portrayal of “Norma Desmond” in the Toronto premiere of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Sunset Boulevard.   In 2002 she starred in The Pasadena Playhouse production of Charles Randolph Wright’s BLUE. Her long television career has included her game-changing role as “Dominique Devereaux” on the internationally acclaimed television series Dynasty as well as recurring roles on Grey’s Anatomy and A Different World. She currently has a recurring role on USA Network’s hit series White Collar. On the big screen, Carroll received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and a Golden Globe award for her starring role opposite James Earl Jones in Claudine. Other notable films include Carmen Jones, Paris Blues, Porgy and Bess, Hurry Sundown, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Eve’s Bayou.  Her latest book, “The Legs Are the Last to Go”, was a New York Times bestseller.

The Theatrical Diversity Project has raised over a million dollars since the 2005 inception. These funds are used to support Playhouse Diversity Initiatives, The Pasadena Playhouse’s vision to build a legacy of artistic and theatrical diversity through eclectic programming, outreach and education programs, HOTHOUSE (The Playhouse new play development program), and continued efforts for expanded audience engagement. This year’s Diversity Project fundraising event will coincide with the theatre’s season opener KISS ME, KATE starring Wayne Brady and Merle Dandridge.


The Diversity Project fundraising event will take place on Opening Night, September 21, 2014.

Pre-show reception begins at 3:30 p.m.

Presentation to Diahann Carroll is at 4:45 p.m. on the Mainstage.

Curtain is at 5:00 p.m.

Post show party immediately following.

Patron Levels with benefits start at $1000 for two tickets.

Single tickets, which include the show and the post-party (pre-reception not included), are $250.


For more information about the Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Program, or to become a Patron of the 2014 Diversity Celebration, contact Julia Fitzgibbons by phone at 626-204-7383 or via email at


Original Article via: Michael J. Roberts

For tickets to Kiss Me, Kate please visit: here



The Muppets Help “Save Our Butts” Campaign to Drive Donations For New Seats

Save Our Butts Campaign: Donate NOW

Over the course of its rich performance history, The Playhouse has entertained close to ten million people.  While theatrical programming remains contemporary and fresh, the current seats and carpeting – which were installed over 20 years ago – have become worn down from a high volume of heavy use.  On August 29, new seats will arrive but we need to raise $25,000 on-line by then!  Please chip in by making a gift of $10 or $20 or more today.

Make a gift today! The butt you save may be your own.

Donate today and Watch the Muppet Video by clicking here.

To see the original article, please visit Hometown Pasadena.