A Noise Within sets open house for new Pasadena theater
A Noise Within classical repertory company will introduce its new Pasadena theater to the public at an open house Sunday.
The event, which will run from 1-4 p.m., will feature tours as well as readings and presentations by the troupe's resident artists. Children's activities will be offered too.
The 33,000-square-foot complex — the result of a $13.5-million capital campaign — includes a 283-seat theater, scenery and costume shops, offices, rehearsal space and education and storage facilities. The three-story structure stands on the site of the Stuart Pharmaceutical Building, a Midcentury Modern edifice designed by Edward Durell Stone.
Previously, A Noise Within operated out of cramped quarters in a 1920s-era former Masonic temple in Glendale. "The old space just wasn't designed to be a theater," says Julia Rodriguez Elliott, who along with her husband, Geoff Elliott, is the company's co-founder and co-artistic director. "Now we have the artistic and physical freedom to tackle plays and projects we couldn't and to expand our audiences."
The open house is free, but reservations are required and available at (626) 356-3127.
A Noise Within, which is marking its 20th anniversary, will launch its 2011-12 season with Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." The production, set in pre-revolutionary Cuba, will open Oct. 29 and run through Dec. 16.
— Karen Wada
Photo: A Noise Within's new 283-seat theater in Pasadena. Credit: Michael Gutstadt