The Sierra Madre Playhouse will offer a varied season of comedy, drama and musicals in its upcoming 30th year of operation. The new schedule of shows includes originals as well as many well-known theatre classics. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s on tap for the 2009 season. Go ahead, dust off that old monologue and start practicing!
Jan 16 – Feb. 21
Murder On the Bounding Main
This comedy-mystery is set in 1953 on the luxury liner THE BOUNDING MAIN. On board, Mason Armstrong, the famous gossip columnist is shot and killed. Several passengers who had no love for the man come to the surface. Ace detective Mordecai Pierce is pressed into service to solve the case. Match wits with the detective as he wisecracks his way through mayhem and mendacity.
From the people who brought you the screwball hit, BAD HEIR DAY!
Mar 6 – Apr 11
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, William Inge’s masterpiece about a charismatic drifter who transforms the lives of a small town beauty, her tomboy sister and a lonely local spinster over the course of one long, hot summer remains a sultry, haunting story about the dangers and beauty of longing and love in the American Midwest of the 1950’s.
Apr 24 – Jun 6
You Can’t Take It With You
You Can’t Take It with You opened in New York in December of 1936 to instant critical and popular acclaim. This depiction of a delightfully eccentric family, headed by Grandpa Martin Vanderhof, in collision with the stolid and Conservative Kirby’s. is filled with energetic physical antics and a wholehearted pursuit of happiness.” Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1936, the comedy went on to run 837 performances on Broadway. and the 1938 film won an Academy Award for best picture. Perennially appealing to audiences, You Can’t Take It with You has become an American classic.
Jun 19 – Aug 1
Another Pulitzer and Tony Award winner! David Auburn’s brilliant romantic mystery about love, madness and the boundaries of genius. Catherine is the loving daughter of deceased mathematical genius Robert. When a history making mathematical “proof” is discovered among her father’s old papers by Robert’s former student and Catherine’s new boyfriend, the bonds of love, loyalty, faith and commitment are tested in the struggle that follows.
Aug 14 – Sept 26
Sierra Madre Playhouse Summer Musical Spectacular!
(To be Announced)
Oct 9 – Nov 14
A Fine Monster You Are
What monster lurks behind the locked oak door?! Join us for a wild and hilarious Halloween entertainment and find out! Sweet old Emily Holbrook is interviewing sweet young Suzette Larson for a job as secretary companion to live in her ancient family mansion. What happens to Suzette, her semi stalwart boyfriend, her former college roommate, the old housekeeper, the creepy doctor, and the utterly incredible medium is beyond description, and it all culminates in a mind boggling climax that will delight audiences of all ages.
Sierra Madre Playhouse Presents a Christmas Holiday Festival
Nov 27 – Dec 23
(To be Announced)
The Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Reservations: (626) 256-3809. Online ticketing and other information are available online at their website, www.sierramadreplayhouse.org