Sierra Madre Playhouse the theater destination to see outstanding American plays and musicals, has slated a season of winning shows for its main stage in the months ahead. A schedule follows:
April 20 to May 26
by Mark Harelik
Directed by Simon Levy
Told with humor and with important resonances to today, The Immigrant is based on the story of the author’s grandfather, a young Jew who fled the pogroms of Czarist Russia in 1909 and pushed his banana cart into the tiny Baptist community of Hamilton, Texas. Given shelter by a childless older couple, he sent for his wife, raised a family, and made this town his home. A true story of parents and children, newcomers and natives, Christians and Jews, and the realization of the American Dream. Starring Stuart W. Howard, Kaye Kittrell, Sigi Gradwohl and Adam Lebowitz-Lockard.
Simon Levy, director, is the recipient of the Milton Katselas Career Achievement Award in Directing from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and most recently directed The Chosen at Fountain Theatre.
June 22 to July 29
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Book, Lyrics, and Music by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass
Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann
Directed by Allison Bibicoff
Drive a ways outta town, somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina and you’ll come to a filling station run by L. M. and Jim. Across the blacktop is the Double Cupp Diner, operated by Rhetta and Prudie Cupp. To look at it, you wouldn’t know that this little stop on Highway 57 is where all the action is, but trust us – once the boys get that guitar and bass fiddle revved up, you won’t want to be anywhere else. Pump Boys and Dinettes is a countrified musical packed with highly entertaining toe-tappers such as Drinkin’ Shoes, Farmer Tan and The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine! Featuring Cori Cable Kidder, (Ovation Award nominee for Sierra Madre Playhouse’s production of Always…Patsy Cline), as Prudie.
Sept 7 to October 6
The Gin Game
by DL Coburn
Directed by Christian Lebano
Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize. Weller Martin tries desperately to retain some control over his life despite falling into ill health and becoming a reluctant resident of a nursing home. Fonsia Dorsey serves as the symbol of all gone wrong, and his battles with her, though over a simple game of gin, become not only a conflict with the woman but with divine will itself. Starring Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld.
Christian Lebano is Artistic Director of Sierra Madre Playhouse and has helmed many acclaimed productions, including Woman in Mind (L.A. Times Critic’s Choice) and the Ovation Award nominated Deathtrap and The Glass Menagerie.
Coming in November 2018
A special Christmas show, to be announced.
Coming in February 2019
The Adventures of Stuart Little
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Based on the book by E.B. White
Directed by Gary Lamb
Mild-mannered mouse Stuart Little tries to survive in a “People’s World.” This is our 6th Annual Field Trip series play for area schools. It will also have weekend performances (mostly matinees) for our general audience. This show will run in repertory with a play for our adult audiences to be announced.
Gary Lamb is the Artistic Director of Crown City Theatre. He previously directed Charlotte’s Web at Sierra Madre Playhouse.
Coming in April 2019
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic story of doomed romance, adapted for the stage by Simon Levy and directed by Christian Lebano
Coming in Summer 2019
A reimagined classic of the American musical canon, to be announced
Every production on the main stage will be accompanied by special public events, many of them free, and by special curated lobby exhibits.