LA Times on Pasadena Playhouse's Comeback

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In a a recent article in the LA Times, Mark Boehm discussed the re-opening of Pasadena Playhouse, in addition to its latest production, FDR, starring Ed Asner. Boehm says, "Sheldon Epps, the Pasadena Playhouse's artistic director, is touting the 'very sexy story' that's unfolding as his theater returns Tuesday night with its first show since it closed Feb. 7, then reopened in U.S. Bankruptcy Court."

Epps commented on the production, "This has been a tough, difficult time, but it's a very sexy story. Survival and moving on to success is a very sexy thing, and you attract all sorts of things - resources, money, allegiance to the theater. It's making me feel very confident."

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The doors reopened with seven-time Emmy Award and five-time Golden Globe Award-winner Ed Asner ("Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Lou Grant") starring in the solo performance drama, FDR based on Dore Schary's Broadway hit Sunrise at Campobello. Ed Asner as FDR, presented by Pasadena Playhouse, in association with Campobello Theatre Productions Inc. and Gero Productions LLC, runs October 12 - November 7 with the official press opening on Wednesday, October 13. Tony and Emmy Award-winner Leslie Uggams (Pasadena Playhouse's Stormy Weather and ABC's "Roots") returns to The Playhouse stage in Leslie Uggams UPTOWN DOWNTOWN. Presented by Pasadena Playhouse, in association with The Kelvin-Pratt Corp., UPTOWN DOWNTOWN runs November 16 - December 12 with the official press opening on Friday, November 19. Tickets for FDR and UPTOWN DOWNTOWN go on sale today.

FDR explores the life of one of America's best-loved presidents and the events and decisions that shaped a nation. This powerful play follows the iconic president as he reflects on his years in office, from inauguration to the trials of World War II.

FDR and Leslie Uggams UPTOWN DOWNTOWN will play at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena. FDR begins performance October - November 7 with the official press opening on Wednesday, October 13. UPTOWN DOWNTOWN begins performances on November 16 - December 12 with the official press opening on Friday, November 19. The performance schedule for both productions is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Please check the website at for scheduled Wednesday matinee performances. Tickets are now on sale for both productions. FDR ticket prices range from $29.00 - $59.00 and UPTOWN DOWNTOWN range from $39.00 - $69.00. Rush tickets are available for $15.00 one hour prior to the performance time and are subject to availability. Rush tickets must be purchased at the Pasadena Playhouse Box Office. Tickets are available by calling the Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-PLAY or by visiting the Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday - Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates and Tuesday- Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on performance dates. The box office is closed on holidays. Tickets are available 24 hours online at Group Sales (15 or more) are available by calling 626-792-8672.


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