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Parson’s Nose announces new season

August 18, 2010

I was turned on to Parson’s Nose last year by a friend who’d seen a few of their regular free productions. Artistic Director Lance Davis met with me in February and I’ve since connived my way into two PN shows (King Cymbeline and The Lunts of Lake Street).

Lance Davis

An anonymous donor has made it possible to stage a dozen Friday afternoon lunchtime programs in Pasadena. This doubles PN’s season, yet the cost to see them remains the same: free. The list of actors Lance pulls from includes folks with TV, film and stage experience. (Lance, Mary Chalon, and Jill Rogosheske, for example, appeared on Twin Peaks; Alan Brooks was a regular on Port Charles.)

from the release: 

PNP’s “Friday Lunchtime Brownbag Classics” will debut with Lance Davis’ one hour adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at noon on Friday, September 24 at the new Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 South Fair Oaks Avenue in Old Town Pasadena. “This is a brand new series in a brand new space and we hope everyone will grab a lunch, come on over and get to know a wonderful classic comedy,” says PNP Artistic Director Lance Davis. “A gracious anonymous donation has allowed us to offer the free series to the working world of Pasadena. The show, with 18 roles read by 6 phenomenal actors, is a marvel of comedy. Over the years I’ve been in at least six productions and always hear something new. That’s what classics do.”

Mary Chalon

The Friday noon performances will be repeated in the Parson’s Nose, signature “Saturday Soiree” evenings, kicking off at 7 PM on Saturday, September 25, also at Lineage. “Hilary Thomas and Lineage have created this nifty new arts space just south of Green Street in the heart of Old Town. It’s a wonderful location to catch a one hour show, then stroll Colorado,” says Davis.

Parson’s Nose will present “readers’ theater” performances through June 2011. The season includes “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Moliere’s “The Mi$er”, the medieval morality play “The Summoning of Everyman,” Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, Anton Chekov’s “The Boor” and “A Marriage Proposal”, Susan Glaspel’s “Trifles”, Eugene O’Neil’s “In the Zone”, Moliere’s “Would Be Gentleman”, Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer” and a play to be announced. All one hour adaptations by Lance Davis.

Parson’s Nose will also offer a full production of Charles Perrault’s 17th Century classic “Cinderella/Cendrillon (Sahndreeyon)” in Winter,2011, with music by Lully and Charpentier. “Cinderella/Cendrillon” was first introduced in a previous Readers’ Theater Series.

For further information and reservations please go to or call 626-403-7667.

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