Thursday, March 05, 2009

If "variety is the spice of life," Pasadena Playhouse has been quite the spicy spot of late. On Tuesday, January 29th, the theatre celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Diversity Project, instigated by Artistic Director Sheldon Epps in 2005 to fund culturally diverse, nontraditional, or particularly elaborate productions that would otherwise pose too great a financial risk to properly produce on our stage. The event was a big success, netting over $50,000 despite the nation's ailing economy, drawing many Playhouse friends, and bringing new patrons into the fold. Hosts Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, and Gabrielle Union presided over the event, which consisted of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a tribute to Playhouse supporter Brenda Galloway, a special performance of the Playhouse's best selling show ever - Stormy Weather, starring Leslie Uggams as the remarkable Lena Horne, dessert, and a party with the cast in the Makineni Library above the lobby.

Thanks to efforts like this, when you subscribe to Pasadena Playhouse, you know that six times throughout the year, you will be treated to a totally unique experience. From one production to the next, the Playhouse explores the infinite variety of styles, themes, stories and characters the rich American canon has to offer. Furthermore, a contribution to the Diversity Project is an investment in the future of theatre in this country, funding productions like our world premieres of RAY CHARLES LIVE! A New Musical, Vanities, Mask, Matter of Honor, and SISTER ACT - A New Musical, which have left our stage bound for Broadway, London's West End, and regional theatres around the country.

If you're interested in being a part of this important work, or want to join us in the fun next year, please contact Brad Price, Director of Development, at or (626) 737-2845.

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