GRAPES OF WRATH, CHRISTMAS CAROL & More Set for A Noise Within's 2012-13 Season, Culver City
A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, led by Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, has announced its 2012-13 Season featuring six masterworks linked by spiritual, physical and emotional journeys. Presented during the second season in the company's new 33,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Pasadena venue are Shakespeare's CYMBELINE, George Bernard Shaw's THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA, Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL adapted by Geoff Elliott, John Steinbeck's THE GRAPES OF WRATH adapted by Frank Galati, EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl, and George Farquhar's THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig. The season runs from September 2012 to May 2013.
The season announcement comes on the heels of an exceptionally successful inaugural year in the permanent new home, during which time the number of subscribers nearly doubled, single ticket sales increased by 42% and the company played to 90% capacity in the 283-seat theatre, almost twice the size of ANW's previous home in Glendale. "The move to our new home has exceeded our expectations on every level," says Rodriguez-Elliott.
The venue's thrust stage, expansive backstage area and cutting-edge technology provide tremendous new opportunities for artistic exploration while preserving A Noise Within's unique theatrical communion between actors and audiences, with no seat further than seven rows from the stage.
"The feedback about the theatre from audiences, artists and staff has been extraordinarily positive," says Elliott. "We continue to discover all that the space offers, and the upcoming season taps the venue's depth and scale as we travel theatrical journeys ranging from fanciful with Cymbeline, moral with The Doctor's Dilemma and redemptive with A Christmas Carol To transformative with The Grapes of Wrath, mythically heart-wrenching with Eurydice, and geographic with The Beaux' Stratagem.
There are a variety of subscription packages, group rates, school group rates, and more. Free programs for audience members include pre- or post-performance conversations with scholars and/or ANW artists on selected dates throughout the season.
A Noise Within is the only year-round classical repertory company in Southern California and one of only a handful in the entire country dedicated solely to producing classical dramatic literature in the repertory tradition of rotating productions with a resident company of professional artists. Founded 20 years ago, ANW quickly established itself as one of the region's key theatre companies, attracting fiercely loyal audiences and consistently high praise from the media for its productions and as a key force in arts education. The company has presented more than 140 plays from the classics of world literature, each season producing works from authors ranging from Shakespeare and Molière to Ibsen, O'Neill and Shaw to Miller and Williams.
An integral element of A Noise Within's mission is to make the classics accessible to all audiences, with particular attention paid to leveraging the company's resources for the benefit of students and teachers. Committed since its inception to enhancing middle and high school students' classroom discovery of classic texts, ANW develops educational programming to complement classroom studies and enable teachers to promote literacy and cultural awareness. The company's educational programming serves a diverse population of students from middle school through college.
A Noise Within's new venue is located in the former Stuart Pharmaceutical building, a historic, mid-century modern masterpiece designed by celebrated architect Edward Durell Stone, known for landmark buildings around the country including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Constructed in the mid-1950s, the Stuart Pharmaceutical building was listed on the National Register in 1998 and features a striking landscape garden designed by Thomas Church. The completely new three-story theatre – which retains the building's original façade -- features support facilities, offices, rehearsal space, a classroom, considerable storage for costumes, props and scenery and large restrooms. There is plentiful, convenient, free parking in the adjacent Gold Line's Sierra Madre Villa Metro parking structure.
A NOISE WITHIN'S 2012-13 SEASON
A Noise Within's 2012-13 season in its spacious, state-of-the-art new Pasadena home launches with William Shakespeare'S outrageously romantic fairy-tale CYMBELINE, opening Saturday, September 29 and closing Sunday, November 18, 2012 (previews begin Saturday, September 22). Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, in his ANW directorial debut, the play, with some of the most beautiful language in the Bard's canon, weaves intrigue, violence, mystery and love into a story about devastating loss and exquisite reunion.
THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Dámaso Rodriguez and opening Saturday, October 20 and closes Sunday, November 25, 2012 (previews begin Saturday, October 13) is a comic indictment of the medical profession. A doctor must decide who should be saved: A kindly colleague who serves the poor or an extremely talented but unscrupulous young artist?
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Geoff Elliott
directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott
Saturday, December 8 to Sunday, December 23, 2012
(previews begin Saturday, December 1)
A Noise Within creates a special family holiday tradition with Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL, in a new adaptation by GEOFF ELLIOTT, the ultimate tale of forgiveness, opening Saturday, December 8 and closing Sunday, December 23, 2012 (previews begin Saturday, December 1). Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott co-direct the timeless masterpiece about the redemptive and transformative power of love.
Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck'S iconic THE GRAPES OF WRATH, opening Saturday, February 23 and closing Saturday, May 11, 2013 (previews begin Saturday, February 16), brilliantly distills the quintessential American novel to its core while preserving its essence as perhaps the greatest American travel tale ever written. Directed by Michael Michetti, this timely work is filled with heartbreak and strength.
by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott
Saturday, March 16 to Sunday, May 19, 2013
(previews begin Saturday, March 9)
EURYDICE by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Sarah Ruhl, a haunting tale embracing matters of the heart directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott, opens Saturday, March 16 and closes Sunday, May 19, 2013, (previews begin Saturday, March 9). Ruhl uses a unique poetic style to re-tell the classic Greek myth of Orpheus through the eyes of his new wife, Eurydice.
A Noise Within concludes its 21st season with George Farquhar'S THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM, a hilarious period – yet contemporary -- "buddy road trip" filled with eccentric characters adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig, opening Saturday, April 6 and closing Sunday, May 26, 2013 (previews begin Saturday, March 30). Two girl-crazy young adventures are on the road-trip of their lives when, out of the blue, they find themselves hopelessly in love.
Special Note – Study Guides
A Noise Within offers comprehensive study guides on every production. Each includes a synopsis, director's notes and detailed information about the playwright, characters, setting, period, costumes, scenic design, music, general theatre lore and links to other resources. They are available at on-line at http://www.anoisewithin.org/education_studyguides.html.
Among the varied subscription options offered is a "Family Package" in which youngsters can experience A Noise Within with their parents on stage or in an on-site classroom. The pass is available to young people ages 6 to 17 with the purchase of an adult subscription series and can be redeemed for a ticket to the show or an educational workshop at the theatre offered during selected Saturday matinee performances. There are also 4- and 6-play packages, special rates for patrons 18 to 30 years of age, group rates, school group rates, and more. Free programs for audience members include pre- or post-performance conversations with scholars and/or ANW artists on selected dates throughout the season.
A NOISE WITHIN is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. Free self parking is located in the Sierra Madre Villa Metro parking structure, with entrances on northbound Sierra Madre Villa Avenue or North Halsted Street. To purchase tickets or for a full season brochure, call (626) 356-3100 or visit www.ANoiseWithin.org.
SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SINGLE TICKETS
Ticket revenue only covers half the actual cost to produce world-class, professional theatre. Producing subscribers see all six plays, support theatre operations by paying the full cost for each ticket, and receive premier seating, playbill recognition, and verification for the tax-deductible portion of your subscription.
$631 (Select a preset package series or choose your own dates)
Classic Package (6 Plays)
See all 6 plays and receive priority guaranteed seating at each production (Excluding Sunday Matinees of A Christmas Carol).
$289 A Section / $265 B Section (Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees)
$265 A Section / $241 B Section (Thursday, Friday, Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees)
$223 A Section / $199 B Section (Previews)
Patron's Choice Package (4 Plays)
Choose 4 plays and choose your dates for priority seating.
$207 A Section / $191 B Section (Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees)
$191 A Section / $175 B Section (Thursday, Friday, Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees)
$159 A Section / $143 B Section (Previews)
30 and Under Package
For patrons 18-30 years of age:
$139 (6 plays)
$95 (4 plays)
As You Like It Flex Pass
(passes redeemable for any 2011-12 show)
$407 A Section / $375 B Section (8 passes)
$307 A Section / $283 B Section (6 passes)
Youngsters can experience A Noise Within with parents on stage or in the classroom. Pack available to young people ages 6 - 17 with the purchase of an adult subscription series. Redeem for a ticket to the show or an on-site educational workshop offered during selected Saturday matinee performances - one low price covers either one.
$169 (6 plays)
$115 (4 plays)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 at 12pm, A Noise Within Holiday Tea followed by performance of A Christmas Carol.
Special Event Price: $300
$52 A Section / $48 B Section (Weekends)
$48 A Section / $44 B Section (Weekdays)
$40 A Section / $36 B Section (Previews)
Groups (10 or more)
$39 A Section / $35 B Section (Weekends)
$34 A Section / $30 B Section (Weekdays)
$29 A Section / $25 B Section (Previews)
School Groups (10 or more)
$16 (Previews, Weekdays, and Sunday evenings)
A Section: Left Center, Center, and Right Center Sections
B Section: Left and Right Sections
EDUCATORS: To book student workshops, school-day matinee shows, or school group discounted tickets, call (626) 356-3104 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz.