Parson’s Nose Theater Company performs condensed classic adaptations that present the language, characters, plot and spirit of the world’s greatest writers.
Shakespeare had Elizabeth; Moliere had Louis XIV. We need you! If you enjoy what we do, please consider a donation. Ticket sales can only cover a portion of our costs. PNT has never been in debt in 17 seasons, thanks to you. We are one of the few theaters our size in Los Angeles that pays its artists, not what they deserve, to be sure, but above the Actors Equity minimum. Your donation allows us to pay artists and our overhead and still keep our programs available to all members of the community.
A Few Thoughts About “Improvisation” In the early 1960s when ‘improvisation’ was all the rage, Sir Tyrone Guthrie was asked what he thought of it. The grand genius of classical staging remarked, “Well it’s all very fun, but I don’t see what need actors have of it. Their lines are written for them.” This seemingly …continue reading »
Charles Dickens: Entrepreneur
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
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 »