Hans Christian Andersen: The Ugly Duckling
October 21, 2020

The personal power of the imagination. Hans Christian Andersen was born in a small village, Odense, a hundred miles north of Denmark’s bustling capital, Copenhagen. His father was a poor cobbler who became mentally ill, as did his grandfather. His mother scrubbed the clothes of the rich in the cold river Odense, with legs wrapped …continue reading »

Address Unknown: A Warning to America 1938
September 27, 2020

At Parson’s Nose we make classics more accessible. To that end, let me offer some background to our current Parson’s Nose Radio Theater podcast, Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor, performed by Paul Perri and Barry Gordon. Sound by Dave Bennett. On June 28, 1919, the Allied Powers signed The Treaty of Versailles, ending World …continue reading »

Education through Entertainment
August 3, 2020

We should never outgrow the fun of learning. 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 …continue reading »

“Where the hell is Parson’s Nose, Martha?”
May 31, 2020

We’re here! Yes, we had to cancel everything. It was awful. The theater’s empty, but waiting for us all. And we’ve been busy! The company’s sheltered in place, but safe and sound. Barry’s writing a book. John Lee’s recording one. Marisa’s singing and wrangling the twins. Harnagel’s recovering from liposuction. Pat’s baking for 2022. Calvert …continue reading »

Lincoln’s Last Laugh, Alas…
November 2, 2019

April 14, 1865. Lee had surrendered just two days before. Washington was one big party, with dancing in the streets. The President felt he could finally take an evening to see this wonderful British comedy, on tour with Laura Keene’s New York company, playing at Ford’s Theater. The events surrounding that night are tragic, but …continue reading »

Season 2019-2020!
July 19, 2019

Full out for Comedy 2019-2020 By Gad, this is going to be fun! We’re going full out for comedy this season. We’ll all need a bit of intelligent entertainment and even escape! “Cherchez la femme!” is the theme. Perhaps we at PNT are celebrating the upcoming Centennial Year of Women’s Suffrage a little early, but …continue reading »

Another side of Venice
April 13, 2019

AT PNT we just saw Venezia through Carlo Goldoni’s 18th Century eyes in his relentless comedy “The Servant of Two Masters”. Now we’ll look at it through Shakespeare’s eyes more than 150 years before. We can say “Merchant” is also, by definition, a “comedy” because the hero turns out well in the end. But such …continue reading »