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Congratulations, BOSTON COURT!
For being awarded “BEST” (Building Excellence in Small Theatres)
FROM THE SHERI AND LES BILLER FAMILY FOUNDATION
Two celebrated Pasadena-based theatres, A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, and The Theatre @ Boston Court, an award-winning theatre committed to inherently theatrical new works, received Mid-Size BEST (Building Excellence in Small Theatres) Awards from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation at the recent LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. The awards, which vary in amounts between $10,000 and $25,000, provide general operating support to non-profit organizations with revenues between $850,000 and $3,000,000.
“There is a void of grants available exclusively for theatre companies, especially smaller theatre companies,” explains Sarah Lyding, executive director of the Biller Family Foundation. “We want to recognize the successful ones and help bolster their work to ensure that it continues. Recipients were selected based upon their ability to express their distinct approaches to creating an artistic product and making that work accessible to the community. Additionally, the Foundation sought to support dynamic organizations who demonstrated long-term thinking about their sustainability.” The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation works as a catalyst to advance community programs that educate and energize individuals to both achieve personal goals and inspire others. Four initiatives are funded: K-12 Public Education, Theatre Enrichment, BankWork$TM and Supportive Care, and grants are made primarily in the Los Angeles and Seattle areas. The Foundation was founded in 2001 by Sheri and Les Biller.
“We are honored to receive this grant and to be recognized by the Biller Family Foundation, whose commitment to theatre in Los Angeles County is inspiring,” says Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, co-producing artistic director of ANW.
States Michael Seel, executive director of Boston Court, “We couldn’t be more proud to be given a BEST Award for 2012 by such a vital and generous organization as The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.”
The Theatre @ Boston Court produces passionate, artist-driven theatre that challenges both artist and audience. The company urges its artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision, and focuses on nurturing playwrights and new play development. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on works that are inherently theatrical, textually rich and visually arresting. Boston Court strives to give the audience an experience that it cannot have elsewhere. It is driven by a two-fold ambition: to be the premiere venue for new work and emerging voices in Southern California and to form lasting partnerships with audiences who feel deeply invested in the ongoing cultural conversation. Each season, Boston Court produces four full productions on its Main Stage, as well as PLAY/ground, its annual New Play Festival.
The Theatre @ Boston Court’s New Play Festival presents works that are in keeping with Boston Court’s mission with a special emphasis on plays which are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting.
This year’s lineup includes Pluto by Steve Yockey, Mesmeric Revelation…Before Edgar Allan Poe by Aaron Henne, Modern House by Kira Obolensky, Se Llama Cristina by Octavio Solis and A Public Reading of An Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disneyby Lucas Hnath.
The festival takes place this weekend December 8 & 9.
If you would like to make a free reservation, please contact Brandon at 626-683-6883 ext 105 or by email at BrandonD@bostoncourt.com.
PLAY/ground, Boston Court’s annual new play festival, is happening December 8 & 9. There will be 5 new plays being presented that weekend, so please mark your calendars! You can click here to see who the five playwrights are and read about their plays. There you will find a festival schedule as well.
This festival is FREE, so you don’t have to purchase tickets, but reservations are recommended because seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling Brandon at (626) 683-6883 ext 105 or by emailing BrandonD@BostonCourt.com. The audience is invited to attend an artist reception following the final reading, at 4:30 on Sunday, December 9.
Hope to see you there!
Boston Court Performing Arts Complex: 70 N. Mentor Ave. Pasadena
Congratulations to the Playhouse District Businesses listed below that were included in Pasadena Weekly’s Best of Pasadena 2012 list!
Best Cultural Festival (Reader Recommended): Make Music Pasadena
Best Historic Landmark (Reader Recommended): Pasadena Playhouse
Best Museum (Reader Recommended): Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art
Best New Business (Reader Recommended): Little Junebugs
Best Chiropractor (Reader Recommended): Dr. Seth Mittleman
Best Dance Studio (Reader Recommended): Arthur Murray Dance Studio
Best Dentistry: Dr. Michael S. Yung
Best Doctor (Reader Recommended): Tina Yang, MD, Tina Yang Medical Clinic
Best Pilates (Reader Recommended): Zoe: A Pilates Studio
Best Tattoo/Piercing: Anomaly Body Piercing Studio
Best Travel Agency: AAA Automobile Club of Southern CA
Best Art/Framing Store (Reader Recommended): Aarnun Gallery
Best Farmers’ Market: Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market
Best Hobbies and Craft: Little Junebugs
Best Local Bookstore/Newsstand: Vroman’s
Best Local Bookstore/Newsstand (Reader Recommended): Cliff’s Books
Best Local Record Store: Canterbury Records
Best Local Shoe Store (Reader Recommended): Run With Us
Best Local Toy Store (Reader Recommended): Little Junebugs
Best Stationary: Vroman’s
Best Bar (Reader Recommended): T. Boyle’s Tavern
Best Cocktails (Reader Recommended): Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion
Best Comedy Club: Ice House Comedy Club
Best Live Theater Venue: Pasadena Playhouse
Best Live Theater Venue (Reader Recommended): Boston Court Performing Arts Center
Best Movie Theater (Reader Recommended): Laemmle Theatres
Best Place to Watch the Big Game(Reader Recommended): T. Boyle’s Tavern
Best Theater Production(Reader Recommended): “Art” at the Pasadena Playhouse
Best Health Food: Tender Greens
Best Local Pizza (Reader Recommended): Avanti Pizza
Best Mexican Food(Reader Recommended): El Portal
October 13 – November 11, 2012
by Kathryn Walat / directed by Michael Michetti
When Sarah’s husband, Ian, an evolutionary biologist, is struck by lightning and suffers a near-death experience, he develops an obsession with music. This strange new twist in their ordered lives sends them to seek answers from others about the ways in which people transform, and whether a marriage can endure monumental change. Four lives unexpectedly entwine as they wrestle with the mysteries of the human mind and heart, the alchemy of the creative process, and that single spark that can change it all.
Creation was commissioned by Yale Rep and was part of the O’Neill Theatre Center’s Playwrights Conference in 2010 and the 2010 PLAY/ground New Play Festival at Boston Court.
Get your tickets HERE!
Don’t miss Cabaret Noel with Gigi Bermingham and Friends at Boston Court from November 30 – December 04, 2011 on Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm!
Join award-winning actor, playwright and chanteuse Gigi Bermingham as she celebrates the holidays in song – in French and English – featuring immortal Gallic carols and scintillating new tunes by Matthew Goldsby. Backed by artful musicians and the trilling of luscious damsels, Amanda Pajer and Michelle Allsopp, Gigi weaves a whimsical tale and brings a taste of France to the holiday season!
Click here for more information.
The 4th Annual Art Exhibition at Boston Court starts today, Oct. 6 and goes through Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.The exhibition uses the themes of the play The Dinosaur Within, currently being presented on Boston Court’s Main Stage, as a jumping off point to present works of art that explore themes symbols and icons of old Hollywood, and the collective as well as personal histories. Emphasizing theatrical and fanciful images reflecting the exhibition’s theater setting, works in this show feature paintings and photographs that depict landscapes where fact and fantasy merge, to figurative sculpture of paying homage to Hollywood artistry, and abstract works conveying private histories and emotions.
The hours that the Art Exhibition is open are:
Thursday, October 6th 5:30-11pm (with the Opening Reception from 5:30-7pm)
Friday, October 7th 7-11pm
Saturday, October 8th 2-11pm
Sunday, October 9th 12-5pm
The show features works by Bruce Barton, Amy Bouse, Z. Clark Branson, Joanne Chase-Mattillo, Pamela Mower-Conner, Michael Nelson, Alisa Newhouse, Alicia Savio, Lesley Siegel and Jaime Ursic.
Find out more about the exhibition and the participating artists by clicking HERE.
This weekend, Boston Court offers two exciting music events: A Night in Rio and Calico Winds. A Night in Rio is on Friday, June 3 at 8 pm, and Calico Winds plays Saturday, June 4 at 8 pm.
More about A Night in Rio, from the Boston Court website:
“When you think of Brazil and its music, one of the first things that comes to mind is dancing…. Brazilian music is filled with beguiling exotic rhythms, swaying sensuality, exciting orchestrations, and an unstoppable feeling of life exploding! The English translation of Forro is “great party”, and that is precisely what Alec Milstein has in mind when he brings his scintillating band to the Branson for “A Night in Rio”.
About Calico Winds:
“Calico Winds is taking wind music to the forefront of the chamber music world by artfully reinventing the conventional wind quintet. An interactive event featuring music from Bach to Zappa.
The ensemble blends top-notch playing, great music and an appealing atmosphere. They perform many styles, incorporating an imaginative approach to standard literature with an exploration of popular and nontraditional works. “Calico” reflects the many colors and textures offered by the sounds of the wind quintet. The members of the ensemble build a natural easygoing rapport with the audience by speaking about the music. Calico Winds’ polished ensemble, astonishing blend and dramatic dynamic capacity create an uplifting experience and enthusiasm for the world of wind chamber music.”
“Futura is that rare breed, a ripping good yarn with plenty of intellectual heft. Director Jessica Kubzansky handles the transitions from the academic to the suspenseful like an Indy driver shifting into high gear. Friedericy spearheads an exceptional cast, and Tournier is particularly winning as young man avid to put pen to paper and light up his synapses. Myung Hee Cho’s set design, beautifully lighted by Jaymi Lee Smith, starts off with a bare stage and ends with a subterranean repository that is magnificent. Hana Sooyeon Kim’s projection design and John Zalewski’s sound are also crucial components.”
Read the rest of the review by clicking HERE.
Buy your tickets to the performance HERE.