We should never outgrow the fun of learning.

Joyful, and apparently hungry, PNT Audience members

PNT Party Stopping Fact: The word “audience” comes from the Latin “audio/audire”- “to hear”. Plays were often said to be “heard” rather than “seen”. Our new season of Radio Theater will hopefully provide a whole new way of engaging your ears as well as your imagination.

Now Streaming: PNT Radio Theater “A Taste of Shakespeare!”

Our Twentieth Season. Wow.

One of the awards – Best Venue, Best Production – we’re most proud of is the Pasadena Weekly “Best Enrichment Award”, voted by PW patrons. That’s our mission – to improve our “quality of life” for young and old through a better appreciation of classic works.

Before Mary and I started Parson’s Nose twenty years ago, we asked friends and students why they avoided “the classics”. Some considered Shakespeare a good place to take a nap, and most had never heard of Moliere, the Father of Modern Comedy. (You’re welcome, Norman Lear.)

We decided to address their concerns, many of which we’d had ourselves when we were first introduced to “Julius Caesar” – often chosen because it has no “sex” – in school. (I even recall almost falling asleep at the “Comedie Francaise” as an adult.) It was so “reverent” it was boring. I knew Moliere should never be boring. We felt if we could provide a condensed but faithful production, a whole new world of enjoyment would open up, and last a lifetime. I set about selecting plays and works I had come to know, and others I didn’t, and adapting them.

Feedback No.1 “The language is too hard.”

Yes, in Shakespeare, the language can be difficult at times. It’s poetry. So is “Hamilton”. But if properly done as theater, by professional actors, and not just read by untrained actors in English class, it comes alive. And, just as in “Hamilton”, something new and marvelous is discovered every time it’s revisited. Just as a three year old learns language, the vocabulary may still be growing, but the intention is clear.

Dr. Peter Rosenberg lectures on 17th Century medicine for “Imaginary Invalid”

Feedback No. 2 “They’re too long.”

I focus on the story, trimming the plot lines, yet maintaining the language and spirit, to allow the story of a two and a half hour play to be told in a comfortable 60-80 minutes. Our podcasts are often shorter. Once you know the story you will hear more each time you visit.­­ And the reason a “classic” becomes a “classic” is that there’s always something new.

Feedback No. 3 “They talk too fast.” “They’re not funny.”

At PNT have some of the finest actors in America, with credits from Broadway, TV and film, returning to the classics, a seldom offered opportunity for us, to bring them to life, to touch your mind, your heart, your funny bone.

We invite you to join us on our 20th Voyage, visiting new characters, stories and ideas as we go. If you enjoy our work, please consider supporting it.

Click here for our new PNT Radio Theater of the Air! season. If you like what you hear, please subscribe to our podcasts, or join our Noseletter list, or “like” us on our Facebook page, to stay in touch. Your feedback is always welcome. – Lance Davis (lance@parsonsnose.com)