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Pasadena Playhouse's new play program lands some big names

December 4, 2009 |  3:00 pm


The Pasadena Playhouse said today that it has lined up some big theater-world names for its new play program, including Theresa Rebeck (pictured), Lee Blessing and Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz.

Hothouse at the Pasadena Playhouse, which began in 2005, has recently received a $200,000 grant from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, according to the company. The series runs at the Playhouse's Carrie Hamilton Theatre.

For the current season, the program will feature staged readings of Blessing's "Moderation" (Dec. 8 and 9); Frank Tangredi's "Pastoral" (Jan. 26 and 27); Stephen Metcalfe's "The Tragedy of the Commons" (Feb. 9 and 10); Allison Moore's "American Klepto" (Mar. 16 and 17); Jason Aaron Goldberg's "The Confessions of Deacon Jim" (Apr. 20 and 21); Rebeck's "The Novelist" (May 4 and 5); and Cruz's "The Color of Desire" (June TBD).

The Playhouse said actress Angela Bassett will star in the reading of Tangredi's "Pastoral" and that the play will be produced as part of the company's 2010 season, with an opening day in September.

Last month, the Hothouse presented a reading of Joshua Ravetch's "One November Yankee," starring Robert Forster and Loretta Swit.

A number of past readings have gone on to receive full productions at the Playhouse. They include "Ray Charles LIVE!," The Night is a Child," and "Looped," starring Valerie Harper, which is currently aiming for a Broadway run.

-- David Ng

Photo: Theresa Rebeck. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times

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