What the heck is going on at Parson’s Nose? Well, a great deal, actually, and it’s all good! You all know that we finally found our home, after sixteen gypsy years on the road, setting up and taking down for each performance, whether at Pasadena Playhouse, Lineage Dance, Pacific Asia, The Geffen, Interact, Fremont Center, Jameson Brown Coffee, or 130 LAUSD and PUSD schools. We searched for over a year, led by tireless real estate agent Matt Quintero and developer Mike Bollenbacher (Lincoln Restaurant) who’ve been invaluable. The PNT Board had their ears out, and now, thanks to some nifty sleuthing by Gale Schaper Gordon, board chair Barry Gordon’s wife, we have a beautifully charming, intimate space, all ours, at 95 N. Marengo Avenue (enter on Holly), in the ivy-covered brick chapel of an old mortuary, two blocks from City Hall and the Memorial Park Metro station in Pasadena. “It’s beautiful!” and it even has a bar and a ghost.
We closed our lease on the space in October, and since then we’ve been putting it in compliance with city regulations, soon to be completed, and also painting and moving and soundproofing, and still managing to put workshops and readings together to let those on our eblast list get a preview glimpse. We haven’t been able to advertise of course until we’ve been declared official by the city.
We kicked off in November with a couple of community and board get-togethers, then our annual readings of “A Christmas Carol”, then in January kicked off our New Play Reading Series with Hoyt Hilsman’s very timely “America the Beautiful”, then in February a performance by moi of the medieval morality play “Everyman”, then in March “An Irish Celebration” of poetry, music and humor, and then kicked off our PNT Radio Theater Series with “The Lone Ranger”, “Flash Gordon” and “Dragnet”. We’ve also continued our Readers’ Theater Workshops with Pasadena Village and Villa Gardens, and even helped out a bit with Marissa Quiroz’s Pasadena High Drama Group.
What we haven’t been able to do, unfortunatley, without city approval is our full public production “Clearly Shakespeare: Twelfth Night”, which we’ve regrettably postponed until September. After much deliberation we decided we want to have the space finished, dressing rooms fitted out and lights up, ready for a paying audience. The good news is that we’re planning lots of “workshop” events to keep us busy and you entertained, including Greg White’s delightful “Mark Twain and Friends: A River Journey”, PNT Radio “Dracula”, “Alice in Wonderland” and another “Flash Gordon” for starters. We’ll have a Broadway singalong night and several other exotic events. I’m working now on several Dickens projects as well as plays by Gogol and Moliere piece that are all ready to go. The idea is to have something going all the time while we bring The Abbey up to snuff and ready for full production. We want PNT to become a fun, smart, informal and constant pin in your event calendar. We thank you for your patience, your loyalty, and your support. This is a big step forward for all of us. – Lance Davis