Charles Dickens: Entrepreneur
December 12, 2018

Mr. Dickens: Artist and Business Man So the story goes that Charles Dickens, the young author of Sketches by Boz, was interviewed by Chapman and Hall to write the cover plates for a series of illustrations of a whimsical men’s club by Robert Seymour, a leading London artist, who looked to make a personal killing …continue reading »

What is Readers’ Theater: A Christmas Carol
December 3, 2018

What is “Readers’ Theater”? From the preface to Lance Davis’ adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol” “I held off doing ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Parson’s Nose for a number of years because there were so many good productions already being done, and I wasn’t sure what Parson’s Nose could offer that was unique. …continue reading »

Recalled to Life! A Pasadena Landmark for Parson’s Nose
November 8, 2018

I’ve been trying to piece together the history of our new home and hope you who have more information will help me out. I went down to the Pasadena Historical Society and they were most helpful, going back into their files to produce these photos. There wasn’t a lot written, from what I’ve gathered, but …continue reading »

Hurry, Doctor! I need a subscription!
November 6, 2018

Feeling blue with melancholy, or red with rage? Both Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow got you down? Your kid didn’t make the cheer squad? Or did make the cheer squad? And is a “flyer”? Your office just switched to cubicles and lanyards? Well keep your chin up high! You still have time to get a …continue reading »

Mark Twain for Educators and Students: Parson’s Nose Theater
October 30, 2018

With an elementary school education Sam Clemens became a printer, a journalist, a miner, a steamboat pilot, an investor, and, many believe, America’s greatest writer. He was the first writer to allow the American way of speaking English to take its rightful place in literature. He captured America, warts and all. This is the man …continue reading »

The Parson’s Noseletter! Our 16th Season!
September 23, 2015

Trumpet, please! Join us! Six delightful comedies you should know! In our convivial, professional, 90 minute, broad-stroke style! September: Our 2015 Fundraiser “A Taste of Shakespeare” at the home of Dr. Mario and Therese Molina, was a huge, fun success. Thanks to all who came and who helped make it possible, especially Mary Chalon, Kim …continue reading »

Our American Cousin!
April 1, 2015

We are delighted to end our 15th season with a seldom – seen British classic from the pen of Mr. Thomas Taylor. “Our American Cousin” was one of 100 plays that Taylor wrote in a long career that began as a player with the Cambridge University drama society and continued as editor of the famous …continue reading »

“Dey tink Deir Cheese don’t stink”
October 30, 2014

“Dey tink deir cheese don’t stink! Dey tink deir cheese don’t stink! Dey tink deir cheese smells like perfume. Dey tink deir cheese don’t stink!” “The Pied Piper of Hamlin“. One of our greatest stories. The legend of a German town that loses its children, who are led away by a mysterious “piper” to a …continue reading »

The Legend of the Pied piper opens November 1
October 22, 2014

“Your Children are the Most precious things you have! I know!” – the Piper Ukraine. Murietta. Baghdad… Hamlin. When did our leaders stop strapping on their armor and riding at the front of the battle, instead of voting yea or nay in a marble hall thousands of miles away? When did our fathers and mothers …continue reading »

hath not a jew eyes? the quality of mercy
October 1, 2014

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana In The Merchant of Venice, written in 1597, the young Shakespeare again performs his magic, taking elements from Italian tales and contemporary works (Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta) and giving his own spin. His Christians are not merciful heroes, and his …continue reading »