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A Taste of Pasadena, California

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT PASADENA?

  1. Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of 2010 United States Census, the population of Pasadena was 137,122.

  2. Although famous for hosting the annual Rose Bowl football game and Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena is the home to many scientific and cultural institutions, including the California Institute of Technology, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena City College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Art Center College of Design, the Pasadena Playhouse, Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts-Pasadena, the Norton Simon Museum of Art and the Pacific Asia Museum.

  3. The wettest year was 1983 with 48.47 inches and the driest year was 1947 with 5.37 inches. The most rainfall in one month was 19.70 inches in February 1980. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 7.70 inches on March 2, 1938. Pasadena averages 21 inches of rain a year, about 6 inches more than nearby Los Angeles due to the rain shadow effect created by the San Gabriel Mountains. Situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, snow is known to fall occasionally in Pasadena. The heaviest snowfall in Pasadena history occurred on January 11, 1949; 6 inches fell at Pasadena's city hall and more than 12 inches fell in the foothills of the city.

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Demographics of Pasadena, California

By Race

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Black

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Hispanic

Total Population

55.8%

10.7%

0.6%

14.3%

33.7%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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MULTI-EMMY AWARD WINNING WAYNE BRADY
IS SET TO STAR AND LEAD CAST IN
KISS ME, KATE
Directed by Sheldon Epps


- September 16 to October 12 at The Pasadena Playhouse -

WAYNE BRADY



PASADENA, CA (July 24, 2014) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) announced today that Wayne Brady will star as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE . The multi-Emmy Award winning Brady will head a cast of 17. Epps will direct the 2014–2015 Season opener, which will run from September 16– October 12, 2014 with the official press opening on September 21. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway’s Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate.

"It is said that a huge percentage of a director's work is done in the casting process (and I believe that to be true). By this maxim, I know that the cast that we have blessedly brought together for this wonderful show will make my job a joy, and bring genuine electricity to our stage. It has long been my hope to work with Wayne, and he is perfectly suited to this role,” said Sheldon Epps. “And I am thrilled that we will have the bountiful visual and musical delights that Merle embodies on our stage once again. I know that this incredibly gifted pair will lead our wonderful company splendidly. It will indeed be ‘Too Darn Hot’ at each and every performance!"

KISS ME, KATE represents the iconic composer-lyricist Cole Porter at his very best and includes some of musical theatre’s most famous songs: “So in Love,” “Another Op’nin’ Another Show,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” It is without a doubt one of the great classics of the American musical theatre, celebrating Shakespeare (it describes a production of The Taming of the Shrew) and the joys, madness, and the rewards of working in the theatre - both onstage and off. The book is by Bella and Samuel Spewack.

The Pasadena Playhouse production will view the work through a new lens, using the wonderful material of this celebrated production to showcase the trailblazing African-American actors and entertainers of the early 20th century.

Emmy Award winning Wayne Brady is one of the most versatile performers in show business today, entertaining audiences with his acting, improv, singing and dancing on television, film and the stage. He became well known for his improvisational skills on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" for which he won an Emmy Award and earned two Emmy Award nominations.

Brady went on to host his own syndicated talk/variety show, "The Wayne Brady Show," for two years. Brady picked up two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host and the show won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show. He currently is the host of “Let’s Make a Deal” on CBS. Brady’s additional television credits include "The Dave Chappelle Show," "30 Rock," "Dirt" and "Everybody Hates Chris," as well as "How I Met Your Mother," on the Network. Also, Brady hosted "Don’t Forget the Lyrics."

Recently, Brady provided his voice for the upcoming animated feature, "Foodfight!" He starred in numerous feature films including, Crossover, and the independent feature The List, a romantic comedy with Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Illeana Douglas. Brady was also featured in Roll Bounce.

Brady earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for his single "A Change is Gonna Come" off his debut musical album, "A Long Time Coming." In 2005, he completed a run playing Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of Chicago. Also, he has made a big splash in Vegas with his stage show, Makin' It Up.

Merle Dandridge was born in Okinawa, Japan to a mother of Korean and Japanese descent and a Memphis bred African-American father. After moving to the states, they settled at the Strategic Air Command (Offutt Air Force Base) in Bellevue, Nebraska. She attended Roosevelt University in Chicago on a full ride scholarship, then moved to New York where she began her career with leading roles in Broadway shows such as Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Rent (Joanne), Aida (Aida), Tarzan (Kala-Original Cast Recording) and Jesus Christ Superstar. Merle has toured the U.S. and Europe with Smokey Joe's Cafe, Ain't Misbehavin, Rent, Aida, Spamalot and as Hugh Jackman's sidekick in his touring concert show.

Regionally she has been featured at The Pasadena Playhouse (Jerry Herman's Showtune), Williamstown (Lady Capulet in The Last Goodbye), La Jolla (Elizabeth in Most Wanted), and The Geffen Playhouse (Cleo in Atlanta and Anna Mae/Afua Assata Ejobo in By The Way, Meet Vera Stark). Television credits include recurring roles on “Stalker,” “Star-crossed,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Newsroom”; and guest starring on “Drop Dead Diva,” “Perception,” “The Mentalist,” “Nikita,” “Criminal Minds,” “Ringer,” “Lie to Me,” “Love Bites,” “CSI: Miami,” “The Deep End,” “24,” “Third Watch,” “NCIS,” “Angel” and several network pilots.

In her free time, Merle performs her solo act and with her “Disney on Broadway” family all over the world, is on staff at Lachey Arts along side her dear friends Drew and Lea Lachey, serves at her local church and cheers on Nebraska Cornhusker Football with reckless abandon. Merle is also known in the gaming world for her award-winning voice work as Alyx Vance in the Half Life 2 series, as Marlene in The Last of Us and Legion Commander/Winter Wyvern in Dota2.

Joining Brady and Dandridge are KISS ME, KATE principal cast members: Joanna A. Jones as Lois/Bianca, Terrance Spencer as Bill/Lucentio, Jenelle Lynn Randall as Hattie, Rogelio Douglas, Jr. as Paul, David Kirk Grant as Thug #1, Danny Stiles as Thug #2, Pat Towne as General Howell, and Jay Donnell as Baptista.

The ensemble features Eric B. Anthony, Shamicka Benn-Moser, Theresa Murray, Saudia Rashed, Carlton Wilborn, and Armando Yearwood.

The creative team for KISS ME, KATE also includes: Jeffrey Polk as choreographer, Rahn Coleman as musical director, John Iacovelli as scenic designer, David K. Mickelsen as costume designer, Steven Young as lighting designer, Jon Gotlieb and Jonathan Burke as sound designers, Michael Donovan as casting director, and Lurie Pfeffer as production stage manager.

KISS ME, KATE will play September 16, 2014 through October 12 with the official press opening on September 21. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. The performance schedule 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. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets, priced from $47.00 to $87.00, plus premium seats at $125.00, are available online at PasadenaPlayhouse.org; by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529; or visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

Calendar listing for KISS ME, KATE

The Pasadena Playhouse


Dates: Tuesday September 16 through Sunday, October 12

Sunday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m. – Press Opening

Playing Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.

Schedule: Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Special Talkback Tuesdays – September 23 and 30 following the 8:00 p.m. performance

Events: Post-Show Discussion – Sunday, October 5 following the 2:00 p.m. performance

Prices: $47.00 to $87.00 plus premium seating at $125.00

Venue: The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101

Tickets: Online sales and information: PasadenaPlayhouse.org

Phone: 626-356-7529

In Person: On non-performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. On performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday

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A Moment with Sabrina Elayne Carten and Kimberly Yarbrough Cast Members of the Hit Show “One Night With Janis Joplin” at The Pasadena Playhouse
By: Katrina Nairne

The music and artists represented in One Night With Janis Joplin have influenced both Sabrina Elayne Carten, playing the “Blues Singer” in the production, and Kimberly Yarbrough, playing a “Joplinaire” and alternate performer for the “Blues Singer,” personally. One Night With Janis Joplin is a theatrical concert event that transports the audience back to the late 60s for a live show with the legendary rock icon, Janis Joplin, celebrating her music and spirit for one short evening.

Kimberly Yarbrough
Kimberly Yarbrough (Photo by Jim Cox)


“I have always loved music and listened to various artists and styles. The music of the '60s and '70s was some of my favorites from Motown, to Staxx, to psychedelic rock. The music of Joplin, Hendrix, Franklin among my favorites,” shares the classically trained vocalist and actress Sabrina Elayne Carten. “When I got the role of the ‘Blues Singer’ I began to listen not just to Odetta, Nina, Aretha and Bessie but to Dinah Washington, Big Momma Thornton and Billie Holiday too. In order to better understand the style, the phrasing and also the history of these artists and the times.”

“From the time I was a child, any time I ever saw any footage of Janis Joplin performing, I was always spellbound. I really didn't know how to process all that passion and intensity as a child, I just knew I wanted some of that,” Kim Yarbrough reflects. Being from Memphis, Tennessee, I cut my teeth on the blues, so I feel very close to the music in this show, and all of its roots. Singing this music feels natural to me, like I've been doing it my entire life . . . because I have.”

Sabrina Elayne Carten, having been with One Night With Janis Joplin since its premiere in Portland, Oregon, has witnessed amazing development that has both strengthened the show, making the experience even more powerful. While Carten had the opportunity to be a part of this development, she found that some of the most dynamic changes were the tightening of dialogue, as well as the addition of duets, and the polishing of “Spirit in The Dark,” the show-stopping number that ends Act One. Contrastingly, Kim Yarbrough (a finalist on NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” had the exciting chance to become a part of this breathtaking production after it had already performed to sold-out crowds in Portland, Cleveland and Washington, D.C.. Yarbrough shared that “it's nice to be on a moving train—and a fast moving one, I might add.”

Sabrina Elayne Carten
Sabrina Elayne Carten as the Blues Singer (Photo by Jim Cox)


Carten believes she has been fortunate enough to see, first-hand, while working on One Night With Janis Joplin that “in all honesty music can take many forms, but it still has to be cherished and respected. Joplin did just that; as these women inspired her she maintained a respect for the music and added her I own style and personality. She didn't try to copy or imitate.” She continued that “in doing this role I strive to be true to the music—but not imitate these phenomenal women—by adding my own personality, while staying true to the styling of the various periods.”

A particularly significant aspect of One Night With Janis Joplin is “that you discover so much about Janis, the ‘person,’ not the ‘personality and the fable.’ This show humanizes a legend,” Yarbrough explains. “Prior to being a part of this show, I had no idea that Janis was influenced by so many African American female singers. You feel it in her soul when she sings, but knowing it was a fact makes me look at Janis so differently now. I would have loved to have known her personally.” A quality production is one that leaves its audience longing for more, let alone its cast.

Both Carten and Yarbrough personally connect with the music put forth by Janis and the inspiring blues singers emulated in One Night With Janis Joplin. Carten explains, “what inspires me most about these women is the fact that they were all trailblazers. They were not afraid to take musical risks. They took those risks with lyrics, fashion and political ideas.” Yarbrough’s stance on the effect these powerhouse women had on society parallels Carten’s in many ways.

Yarbrough informs us that, “in a time when Civil Rights was new territory, what these women had to say was not just the soundtrack to the movement; it pushed the movement along. It was also the beginning of the end of a time when the most the average woman could hope for was to live in the shadow of her husband. I believe the songs that these women sang made the world sit up and take notice, because they effectively said, “Look! You too can have an opinion that is your own!” However, Yarbrough does not believe “these singers were thinking about making an impact on society. I believe they were just expressing the music in them. They had to, no matter what. It was a calling-- some kind of compelling drive to say what they had to say through their songs.”

Both of these awe-inspiring performers are extremely grateful to be a part of the brilliant production, One Night With Janis Joplin. Both also value the historical significance these artistically endowed women had on, not only the music of their time, but the societal shifts as well. The production’s remarkable cast put great value in the historical significance of the extraordinarily talented women honored through this superb journey through a magnificent era of our nation’s musical history.

Carten recognizes the magnificence of the production she is a part of, helping the nation to remember its musical diversity; “this is such an incredible show, I am awestruck by its message and the way the audiences have received it. I'm grateful to have my talents and feelings channeled into it.”

Yarbrough remembers her childhood, idolizing these women as she grew up in the era being showcased: “I am most grateful that I get to tell my own story about that entire era. I lived it, so I feel so blessed that I get to share my own interpretation about what it was like growing up, watching Janis Joplin skyrocket from obscurity to a household name in a matter of what seemed like minutes.”

One Night With Janis Joplin is not only a production for Janis Joplin fans, but for all lovers of the particular musical eras showcased. This production transports patrons of The Pasadena Playhouse, as well as across the nation, to a span of time in history considered relevant in today’s society.

“Music, from its very beginning, has been the greatest voice of every generation,” states Carten. “Come and see a radical moment in American music. You will leave energized, amazed and just maybe a fan.”

"You would not believe the impact that African American women like Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Nina Simone had on Janis Joplin. That is all shown in this show,” explains Yarbrough. “It's not just Janis Joplin singing her songs. It shows the history of how Janis came to make these songs her own after being inspired by them. You get to tie all the pieces together and really know what an incredible artist Janis really was, and how her influences were larger than life themselves. This show is not just about Janis Joplin. It's also about YOU."”

One Night With Janis Joplin is a production that allows us all to step back, and enjoy a night remembrance for an era of immense musical and historical significance. “I hope that they see our joy and camaraderie on stage, and that their appreciation for this show inspires them to support local and national live theater,” Carten says of the patrons who will enjoy this national tour.

“The biggest kick I get each evening is looking out into the audience and seeing the reactions of pure joy on the faces that remember the songs of their youth,” gleams Yarbrough. “Those looks are priceless and I will never forget them. I hope we continue to provide that joy for everyone that occupies a seat during our run at the Pasadena Playhouse.”

One Night With Janis Joplin, written and directed by Randy Johnson, is a full on concert experience and musical journey into the life and inspirations of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends. This outstanding musical also shines a spotlight on the great African American blues artists who influenced Janis’ musical style and career, including Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. This new musical event features Joplin hits and classic songs such as “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Ball and Chain” and “Summertime” with a live on stage band – creating a compelling portrait of an artist through the words and music of one of America’s greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll icons.


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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL

  1. All In One Day Spa -  Category: Spa -  2059 Lincoln Avenue Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 798-6000 or (626) 215-2322

  2. Braids by Antoinette -  Category: Black Hair Braider -  1219 N Fair Oaks Ave Pasadena, CA 91103-2574 (866) 429-4416

  3. Calla Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salon -  911 E. Union Ave. Pasadena, CA (626) 466-5384

  4. Color Cut (Neeko) -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   761 East Greene St. Suite #1, Pasadena, Ca 91101 (626) 795-8856

  5. Shea Butter and Beyond -  Category: Beauty -  We sell only the best Shea Butter your skin will love. We only sell unrefined Shea Butter for all our products, in hopes to give your skin the healthy glow it deserves!   - 115 W California Blvd #108 Pasadena, Ca

  6. Shelly Mays - Braider -  Category: Black Hair Braider -  Also sisterlocks and locks and twist.   - Pasadena, Ca (626) 791-5203

  7. Tangles Pasadena -  Category: Black Hair Salon -  145 W. Green St. Pasadena, CA

  8. X-Pressions Hair Studio -  Category: Black Hair Salon -  1507 N. Lake Ave. Pasadena, CA (626) 296-8400

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BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.

  1. Alkebu-lan Cultural Center -  Category: Cultural Center-  1435 N. Raymond Avenue Pasadena , CA 91103 (626) 794-9570   - (visit website)

  2. D.R. Valentine & Associates, Inc. -  Wedding and Event Planner, Interior Design, Custom Invitations -  650 South Raymond Ave. Pasadena CA 91105 (626) 395-0346   - (visit website)

  3. Girlfriends Medical Group, Inc. -  Category: Obstetrics & Gynecology -  301 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 793-5250

  4. IronWood Corner -  Category: African American Bookstores-  462 Toolen Place Pasadena, CA. 91103 - (818)398-5539

  5. Maurice Wright -  Category: Realtor -  445 S.Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, California (626) 204-3300

  6. Millennium Therapy Inc -  Category: Speech Pathology -  30 N Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103 (818) 566-3888

  7. Poole Mansfeld Rosenberg Law Office -  Category: Legal/Financial-  234 E Colo Ave Ste 620 Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 683-1311

  8. San Gabrial Valley Journal -  Category: African American Newspaper-  (626) 798-3972 Pasadena, CA.   - (visit website)

  9. The Pasadena Playhouse -  Category: Entertainment-  Built on a tradition of innovation and excellence, The Pasadena Playhouse is committed to continue to be the premiere theatrical experience in Southern California showcasing the most exciting theatrical entertainment in the state and being an amazing forum for launching new work onto the national stage.   - 39 South El Molino Ave. Pasadena, CA. (626) 792-8672   - (visit website)

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  1. Snowbusters Ski Club -  Category: Black Ski Club-  P.O. Box 90551 Pasadena, CA 91109   - (visit website)

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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. Big Mama's Rib Shack -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   1453 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91104-2302 (626) 797-1792   - (visit website)

  2. Roscoe's House of Chicken' N Waffles -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   830 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91104-4560 (626) 791-4890   - (visit website)

  3. SoulPlantation -  Category: Soul Food -  201 Lake Ave. Pasadena, California (626) 577-4798

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CITY VIDEO CONNECTION


Framed by the awe-inspiring Jackie Robinson & Mack Robinson Memorial in Pasadena, California, "Turner's Two Cents" columnist Cameron Turner tells why Black History Month should be an exiciting, unifying time for all Americans.

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THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE Announces the Cast for STOP KISS

By Diana Son
Starring
Sharon Leal and Angela Lin

With
John Sloan, Brandon Scott, Amanda Carlin and Jeff De Serrano

Directed by Seema Sueko
Sueko to Make Playhouse Directorial Debut

November 4-30, 2014

at The Pasadena Playhouse

Sharon Leal
Photo Credit: Frankie Batista


PASADENA, CA (September 11, 2014) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) announces the cast of STOP KISS, the second production of its 2014-2015 Season. Written by Diana Son and directed by Pasadena Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Seema Sueko, STOP KISS stars Sharon Leal (Bill Condon’s Dreamgirls, Fox’s “Boston Public,” and Lionsgate’s Addicted), Angela Lin (Broadway’s Chinglish), John Sloan (Fox’s “Happy Hour”), Brandon Scott (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Amanda Carlin (Liar Liar), and Jeff De Serrano (A&E’s “Longmire”). The production is performed November 4 – 30, 2014 with the official press night on Wednesday, November 9, 2014.

Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse says, “I am thrilled that Seema is making her PLAYHOUSE directorial debut with this provocative and still timely play. I feel certain that she and her sterling cast will strongly deliver this stimulating experience with theatrical verve and great power.”

STOP KISS Director Seema Sueko says “STOP KISS is a play that succeeds on the talent of the actors -- their abilities to capture the nuance and comedy of a growing attraction, the complexity of the aftermath of a trauma, and the joy of discovering one’s voice. We have, in this cast, deeply talented actors who have what it takes to bounce Diana Son’s text through the roof. I’m honored to work with them.”

STOP KISS marks The Playhouse directorial debut of Seema Sueko, who joined The Playhouse staff in January 2014. Originally produced Off-Broadway at The Public Theater, with a cast including Sandra Oh and Jessica Hecht, this critically acclaimed play received the GLAAD Media Award for Best New York Production. STOP KISS tells the story of Sara and Callie, who are walking through New York City's West Village late at night when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured. Throughout STOP KISS, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended. Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion.

The cast of STOP KISS includes Sharon Leal as Sara, Angela Lin as Callie, John Sloan as George, Amanda Carlin as Mrs. Winsley/Nurse, Brandon Scott as Peter and Jeff de Serrano as Detective Cole.

STOP KISS will play November 4, 2014 through November 30 with the official press opening on November 9. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. The performance schedule 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. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets, priced from $45.00 to $75.00, plus premium seats at $125.00, are available online at PasadenaPlayhouse.org; by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529; or visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

BIOGRAPHIES
Seema Sueko (Director) joined The Pasadena Playhouse staff in January 2014 as Associate Artistic Director. For the past nine years, she served as the Executive Artistic Director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, a community focused, socially conscious Equity theatre company she cofounded in San Diego. In addition to directing at Mo`olelo, Seema developed Mo`olelo’s greening initiative and consensus organizing methodologies. She led the company to its selection as the inaugural Resident Theatre Company at La Jolla Playhouse and to awards from the American Theatre Wing, the National Endowment for the Arts, Actors’ Equity Association, and the N.A.A.C.P. San Diego Branch, among others. Other directing and acting credits include The Old Globe, Yale Repertory Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and Native Voices at The Autry, among others. She was the recipient of the inaugural Leadership U[niversity] grant from Theatre Communications Group/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which took her to Arena Stage in 2013 as a Visiting Artistic Associate in mentorship with Molly Smith. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

Diana Son (Playwright) is the author of the plays Stop Kiss, Satellites, BOY, R.A.W. ('Cause I'm a Woman) and others. Stop Kiss and Satellites premiered at the Public Theater in NYC. Stop Kiss won the GLAAD Media Award for Best New York Production and Ms. Son won the Berilla Kerr Award for playwriting, the NEA/TCG Residency grant at the Mark Taper Forum and a Brooks Atkinson Fellowship at the Royal National Theatre in London. Her works have been produced at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Woolly Mammoth and others. Son has also written several short stories and her works of fiction have been published in such magazines as Asian Pacific American Journal. Son also belongs to a number of organizations, including the Dramatists Guild of America, Women in Theatre and the Writers Guild of America, East. In addition, she is an alumna of New Dramatists. Diana Son is also a television producer and writer, with credits including “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Southland,” “Blue Bloods“ and “The West Wing.”

Sharon Leal (Sara) began singing at an early age and later discovered her passion for acting while attending performing arts high school. Her professional career began in regional theater productions of Ain't Misbehavin', Into the Woods, and Little Shop of Horrors. Soon thereafter, Leal moved to New York and landed major roles on Broadway in Miss Saigon and Rent. Leal went on to star in the original musical, Bright Lights Big City, at the New York Theater Workshop, and was also featured on the production's soundtrack. While in New York, she staged cabarets and continued to hone her skills when she produced an original production of Stormy Weather at the Manhattan Theatre Club, in which she starred as the legendary Lena Horne. From the New York stage, Sharon easily transitioned into television and film. Her television credits include a series regular role on CW's “Hellcats” and four seasons on David E. Kelley's hit FOX drama, “Boston Public.” Her guest starring roles include episodes of “Suits”, “Perception”, “Person Of Interest” and "CSI: Miami." She also had recurring roles on NBC's “Grimm”, and ABC's "Private Practice" as Sonya, the love interest to Taye Diggs' character. In 2006, Sharon received international attention as a co-star of the Golden Globe Award-winning blockbuster film, Dreamgirls, opposite Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. She portrayed Michelle Morris, the singer that replaced Effie White (played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson) in the female trio, The Dreams. In Dreamgirls, Sharon showcased her remarkable vocal skills and was heard on the popular movie soundtrack.

Quickly named one of Entertainment Weekly's "Breakout Stars”, Sharon soared into the stratosphere as the star of two highly successful ensemble films; the #1 box office hit, Why Did I Get Married?, with Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson and Jill Scott, and the popular holiday feature, This Christmas, alongside Idris Elba, Regina King and Chris Brown. Her performance in the latter project won her the 2008 Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Film Actress. Sharon starred with Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac in the 2008 musical feature film, Soul Men. In 2010, she reprised her role in the highly-anticipated sequel, Why Did I Get Married Too? which grossed over $60 million at the domestic box office. Her independent film credits include Woman thou Art loosed:On the 7th Day opposite Blair Underwood, Carry Me Home opposite Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr and William Sadler, and a smash hit at 2013’s Toronto Film Festival titled 1982. Up next, she stars in Addicted, the highly-anticipated film for Lionsgate where Sharon steps into a risky role as a sex addict.

Angela Lin (Callie) has appeared in the Broadway productions of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, Top Girls, and Coram Boy. Off-Broadway, Angela Lin has appeared in Takarazuka!!! at Clubbed Thumb, Crane Story at The Playwrights Realm, and Jordan Harrison’s Futura at National Asian American Theater Co, among others. Regionally, she has appeared in Chinglish at The Goodman, American Hwangap at The Magic Theatre, and Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked! at Long Wharf Theatre, among others. Her television credits include “Two and a Half Men,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Blue Bloods,” and “The Good Wife.”

Calendar Listing for Stop Kiss

The Pasadena Playhouse

Dates: Tuesday November 4 through Sunday, November 30

Sunday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. – Press Opening

Playing Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.

Schedule: Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Special Talkback Tuesdays – November 11, 17 and 25, following the 8:00 p.m. performance

Events: Post-Show Discussion – November 23, following the 2:00 p.m. performance

Prices: $45.00 to $75.00 plus premium seating at $125.00

Venue: The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101

Tickets: Online sales and information: PasadenaPlayhouse.org Phone: 626-356-7529

In Person: On non-performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. On performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday

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