The Pasadena Playhouse announced that their first development production under Playworks (the theater’s new play development program) will be Dotson Rader’s GOD LOOKED AWAY, starring Academy Award and two-time Tony Award winner Al Pacino as Tennessee Williams. Two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Light will co-star as Williams’ close friend Estelle, and Miles Gaston Villanueva will be “Baby.” Also in the cast will be Garrett Clayton as Luke, Andrew Dits as Zach, Broadway and TV vet Matt Gottlieb as Peter, and Takuma Anzai as “Bellboy.” Robert Allan Ackerman, who directed Pacino on Broadway in SALOME, will stage the new work and develop GOD LOOKED AWAY with Rader. The play will perform at The Playhouse from Feb. 8 to Mar.19, 2017. Tickets are now on sale.
GOD LOOKED AWAY is an eye-opening glimpse into a turbulent period in the life and career of one of America’s most mysterious and iconic artists – playwright-screenwriter-novelist Tennessee Williams.
“The Playhouse is about to enter its 100th year, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the celebration than with the expansion of our new works program beginning with this new development production and these extraordinary artists,” said Danny Feldman, the Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director. “As a young playwright, Tennessee Williams premiered two new plays at The Playhouse, and it is fitting that our first PlayWorks production features a revealing glimpse into the life of this great American playwright.”
PlayWorks, an expansion of The Pasadena Playhouse’s Hothouse play development program, will nurture new works through readings, workshops and development productions to give the audience a unique role in the creative process. PlayWorks development productions are not open to review in order to preserve the creative and development process of a new work in its early stage.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to develop and stage GOD LOOKED AWAY at The Pasadena Playhouse, a theater long known for its vital support of new work, wrote playwright Dotson Rader. “I’m so pleased The Playhouse is now expanding that commitment with their new developmental series and that a play about Tennessee Williams will be first staged at a theater he genuinely loved.”
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena. This play will perform Wednesday to Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. There will be Tuesday performances on Feb. 14 at 8:00 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at PasadenaPlayhouse.org, by phone at (626) 356-7529 and at The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office. This development production includes mature content.
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