Edgar Allan Poe!
November 16, 2020

AND “THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO” Born in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, to stage actors, David and Eliza Poe. He was named after “Edgar”, the good son of Shakespeare’s mad “King Lear”. His father left the family when Edgar was one. His mother, desperately poor, died of tuberculosis shortly after, while on a theater tour in …continue reading »

Hans Christian Andersen: The Ugly Duckling
October 21, 2020

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 in straw and the flask of …continue reading »

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

At Parson’s Nose we make classics more accessible. With that in mind, let us offer some background to Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor. On June 28, 1919, the Allied Powers signed The Treaty of Versailles, ending World War I, in Louis XIV’s Hall of Mirrors. In May of that year, Woodrow Wilson had been …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 »