SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES
For its 2010 season, the Sierra Madre Playhouse is
assembling a mix of plays ranging from midcentury classics to more
recent fare, some comforting and others challenging, from the silly to
the more serious. Here’s the production calendar as it stands so far:
Jan. 15- Feb. 27: “The Sensuous Senator” by Michael
Parker. Directed by Ken Salzman. Senator Harry Douglas’ re-election
campaign centers on morality and family values. With wife Lois away
for the weekend, he calls his voluptuous secretary, Veronica, to spend
the night. She is busy so he calls an agency for an “escort” for the
evening. Before she arrives, elderly Congressman Clyde Salt has locked
himself out of his own house and asks to spend the night. Then nephew
Jack comes to discuss the campaign. As Harry is juggling Clyde, Jack,
and the escort, Veronica pops in; Lois’ flight is canceled; and a
reporter for the National Intruder comes snooping for evidences of
immorality. Oh, my! A hilarious bedroom farce to start the new season.
March 12- April 17: “Da” by Hugh Leonard. Directed by
Bill Mesnick. Winner of the Tony and New York Drama Critics’ Circle
Award in 1978. Living now in London, Charlie has returned to his
childhood home in Dublin to see to his deceased father’s effects. Da
was Charlie’s last link to the auld sod, and the council house is
filled with memories, sweet, bitter and funny. Charlie and Da relive
some hilarious and touching times.
April 30- June 5: “The Rainmaker” by N. Richard Nash.
Directed by Bob Hakman. Lizzie Curry is best described as “plain,” and
her marriage prospects are as dry as the drought-ridden Curry farm.
Her dad and brothers’ clumsy efforts to marry her off are laughable.
Enter the fast-thinking, smooth-talking “rainmaker,” Starbuck, who
just might be a solution to both problems. Starbuck convinces the men
that he can make it rain and persuades Lizzie that she has a beauty of
June 18- July 31: “Anna in the Tropics” by Nilo Cruz.
Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. In 1929 Florida, the cigar factory
has a “lector” to educate and entertain the Cuban ladies who roll
handmade cigars all day. When the handsome new lector reads from
Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” he stirs dreams and emotions that might
better be left undisturbed.
Aug. 13- Sept. 25: To Be Announced. We’re looking for just
the right light comedy, or maybe even a musical, for the end of
Oct. 8- Nov. 13. “Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard. Winner, 1994
Olivier Award and 1995 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best
Play. An intriguing mystery set in Derbyshire on the elegant Coverly
estate. The focus alternates between young Lady Thomasina in 1809 and
present day descendants who are researching a possible 1809 scandal on
the estate involving Lord Byron.
Nov. 26- Dec. 23: The Christmas Show, To Be Announced.
Tickets for most shows are $20; For
seniors (65+) and students (13-17), $17; For children 12 and under,
$12. Reservations can be made by phone at (626) 355-4318, or online at
. For subscription information, also contact the online address.
Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre
Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. There is ample free parking behind the
theatre. Sierra Madre is adjacent to and just east of Pasadena