All Saints Theatre Ministry, in partnership with local theaters, strengthens the bonds in our community, educates in different genres of theatre and provides thought provoking discussions with cast and directors through the offering of night out events throughout the year.
Making Art in this Time of War
with Seema Sueko
A special Adult Education offering
Sunday, August 28, 10:15 a.m. in the Forum
When Seema Sueko sought to direct The Fantasticks at The Pasadena Playhouse, Artistic Director Sheldon Epps recognized it was a beloved classic American musical, but he asked a most important question, “Why is this musical necessary today?”
“Today,” Seema thought, “In this moment we’re living in. When I watch the news, check social media, read the newspaper, today feels so angry and full of hate. I feel we are a nation at war with itself. The Fantasticks is a musical that ultimately teaches us how to love. We learn this by watching Matt and Luisa’s journey: the false happy ending love, the pulling apart and hurting each other, and finally, the return and learning how to love deeply, maturely, selflessly. It’s a lesson that is sorely needed today.”
Friday, September 30, 8:00 p.m. at Pasadena Playhouse
Written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones
Directed by Seema Sueko
We will have a Pre-show discussion with complimentary beverages & cheese
The Fantatsicks opened on May 3, 1960, and played off-Broadway for 17,162 performances before closing on January 13, 2002, making it the longest running musical in history. It is a lyrical and romantic musical that tells an allegorical love story about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. Tickets are $61, and available at http://qrs.ly/tb55bwx.
Bars and Measures
Friday, October 14, 8:00 p.m. at Theatre @ Boston Court
Written by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Weyni Mengesha
We will have a post-show reception with complimentary beverages & cheese
Two brothers, both musicians. The classical pianist is Christian. The jazz bassist is Muslim. When Bilal is accused of being a terrorist and jailed awaiting trial, Eric tries to stay connected by pushing aside his own classical aspirations in order to learn big brother’s jazz style. Separated by prison bars and religious convictions, the brothers scat and be-bop through their shared language of music. As his brother’s trial progresses, Eric becomes disillusioned and struggles to decide if he believes the charges levied againsthis beloved older brother, or if false accusations make him a beleagured martyr to a prejudiced, paranoid nation.Tickets are $25, and available at http://qrs.ly/8h55h7f.
Friday, November 11, 8:00 p.m. at A Noise Within
Written by Tom Stoppard
We will have a pre-show reception with complimentary beverages & cheese
Romantic, funny, and profoundly moving, Tom Stoppard’s meticulously crafted masterwork invites you to unravel the big and small mysteries of the universe at bucolic Sidley Park. There, the intricate interplay of past and present is equally driven by fierce intellectual curiosity and the fickle passions of the human heart. Tickets are $40, and available at http://qrs.ly/8h55h7f.
For more information about upcoming Theatre Ministry contact Debbie Daniels at 626.583.2750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.