Aunt Stossie's Coming for Five Days Gets Starry Reading in CA Jan. 8-9, With Marsha Mason and More
By Kenneth Jones
Marsha Mason, Mary Steenburgen and Kristen Vangsness are among the women performing in a California staged reading of Ellen Simon's Aunt Stossie's Coming for Five Days as part of The Pasadena Playhouse's Hothouse at the Playhouse series of new works.
The play, presented Jan. 8-9 in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse, is billed as "a comedic drama about what happens when the uninvited enters your life," according to Playhouse notes. "Set in a Central California beach town, three generations of women and two surfer boys navigate the entanglements of sex, health and family after a tsunami warning sign goes up in their neighborhood."
Dámaso Rodriguez directs a cast that features Mason ("The Goodbye Girl," "Chapter Two," "The Middle") as Aunt Stossie; Steenburgen ("30 Rock," Bored to Death," "Time After Time") as Aunt Mead; Vangsness ("Criminal Minds") as Kelly; Liza de Weerd as Jill; Beth Triffon as Alice; Kim Dalton as Bryanna; Grant Jordan as Ryan; and Lucas Durham as Sean. Taylor Emerson will read stage directions.
Playwright Simon said in a statement, "My previous experience at Hothouse with my play, Ass, generated much enthusiasm and helped me deepen and refocus the script."
Directors Rodriguez is former associate artistic director of The Pasadena Playhouse and incoming artistic director for the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland.
Make a reservation for the free Houthouse at The Playhouse staged reading here, or by calling The Pasadena Playhouse box office at (626) 356-7529.
According to Pasadena Playhouse, "Hothouse at The Playhouse cultivates writers, actors, and directors of all backgrounds through new play development. Hothouse at The Playhouse leads the way in new play development by helping emerging and established playwrights take their stories from page to stage. Several of The Playhouse's most successful mainstage productions have emerged from the Hothouse program, enjoying long production runs subsequent to Playhouse premieres, such as the following: Sleepless in Seattle – The Musical; One November Yankee; the Tony-nominated Sister Act – The Musical and Looped. MFA students from nearby universities participate in this program through special sessions with the playwrights."
The Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA, is under the direction of Sheldon Epps (artistic director) and Elizabeth Doran (executive director).
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