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A Noise Within announces 2009-10 season

July 13, 2009 |  7:00 am

Anoisewithin Productions of "Richard III," "Awake and Sing!" and "The Playboy of the Western World" are the highlights of A Noise Within's coming 2009-10 season, which will be the classical theater company's last at its Glendale location before moving to Pasadena.

The season will start in October with Shakespeare's "Richard III," to be directed by the company's co-artistic director Geoff Elliott. It will be followed by an adaptation of Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" (Oct. 17) and a production of Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" (Nov. 14).

In the spring, the company will present productions of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" (March 6), Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing!" (March 20) and John Millington Synge's "The Playboy of the Western World" (April 17).

A Noise Within will bring back its production of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting of Godot" for a limited run starting Jan. 16.

The company said it expects to break ground at its new 35,000-square-foot facility in early fall. It intends to refurbish the Stuart Pharmaceutical Building, a midcentury modern landmark designed by architect Edward Durell Stone on Foothill Boulevard. The company has raised $9.2 million toward its revised goal of $13.3 million.

Currently the company resides at the former Masonic Temple on Brand Boulevard in downtown Glendale.

When The Times reported last year on the move, A Noise Within said it was aiming to raise $16 million. But thanks mostly to a decline in construction costs, the fundraising goal has decreased by about $2.7 million, according to the company.

-- David Ng

Photo: A Noise Within's current home, the former Masonic Temple in downtown Glendale. Credit: Los Angeles Times