Parson’s Nose Opens their 2015-16 Season with
Androcles and the Lion by George Bernard Shaw, adapted by Lance Davis
October 24 – November 22, 2015
Opens: October 31, 2015
Parson’s Nose Theater (PNT), the acclaimed classical comedic theater company, begins its 16th Season with Androcles and the Lion, opening Saturday, October 31st. This is Shaw’s whimsical retelling of Aesop’s fable, adapted by Artistic Director Lance Davis.
“George Bernard Shaw couldn’t occupy all the soap boxes in Hyde Park’s “Speakers’ Corner” at once, so he wrote plays so that his characters could,” explains Mr. Davis. “In Androcles and the Lion he takes Aesop’s fable and spins it into a discussion about religion, the state, animal rights and martyrdom, complete with a waltzing lion. Christians await their fate in the Coliseum, in a Rome that is very much like London. They have just enough time for Shaw to ask us, ‘What would you happily die for?’”
The Cast includes many Parson’s Nose Company favorites and features Barry Gordon as Androcles, a dentist and Ian Sproul as The Lion. Rounding out the cast is Jill Rogosheske as Meghaera, Marisa Chandler as Lavinia, James Calvert as Captain, Paul Perri as Ferrovius, John Harnagel as Caesar, and Lance Davis as Centurion. The design team includes sound and lighting design by Angie Vaughn, costume design by Holly Willaume, and set design by Jen Orsini.
Parson’s Nose Theater’s 2015-16 Season opens with Androcles and the Lion by George Bernard Shaw, Previews: October 24-25, 2015, Performs: October 31 – November 22, Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 3pm. No performances November 1st or 15th.
Parson’s Nose Theater performs at Lineage Performing Arts Center located at 89 South Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91105
Parson’s Nose Theater presents Androcles and the Lion as part of their Full Production Series. All performances are “Pay What You Will” ($5-$25) and reservations may be made online at www.parsonsnose.com or by calling 626-403-7667. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but advanced phone reservations are strongly encouraged. Ages 12+.
Calendar Listing: George Bernard Shaw’s Androcles and the Lion
ANDROCLES AND THE LION by George Bernard Shaw
Adapted by Lance Davis
Performances at Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91105
Parson’s Nose Theater Office, 1325 Monterey Rd., South Pasadena, CA 91030
Saturday, October 24 at 7:00pm (Preview)
Sunday, October 25 at 3:00pm (Preview)
Saturday, October 31 at 7:00pm (Opening)
Saturday, November 7 at 7:00pm*
Sunday, November 8 at 3:00pm
Saturday, November 14 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 21 at 7:00pm
Sunday, November 22 at 3:00pm
No performances November 1st or 15th
*denotes post-show Q&A
Tickets and Information:
Prices: Pay What You Will ($5-$25)
Tickets may be purchased online, over the phone, or at the door. Reservations Strongly Encouraged. Ages 12+.
About Parson’s Nose Theater
Parson’s Nose Theater is a non-profit, 501(c)3 theater company located in Pasadena, CA dedicated to introducing classical theater to modern audiences. Through condensed adaptations of the works of Shakespeare, Molière, Shaw, Goldoni, Goldsmith and more, lives of the old, young, and in-between are enriched with this introduction to the works of some of the greatest writers who’ve ever lived. Productions are presented in a fun, commedia dell-arte style that makes them both engaging and easy to understand. Parson’s Nose believes the classics are stories that have endured because they speak illuminating truths to each generation. The joys and problems of 17th Century parents and children form a bridge to the 21st.
Parson’s Nose Theater was founded in 2000 by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon Davis. After previous relationships with InterACT Theater and The Geffen Playhouse, Parson’s Nose took up residency at Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA. Parson’s Nose takes pride in paying actors above the Actors Equity requirements because they believe artists should be paid appropriately for their talents. To date, Parson’s Nose has introduced approximately sixty-five fun, condensed, professional presentations of thirty-two comedies to over 60,000 kids and adults. Parson’s Nose takes pride that no one is ever turned away from attending a production because they could not afford a ticket. Parson’s Nose is the only company in America devoted to this new way of experiencing the classics.
Parson’s Nose Founder and Artistic Director, Lance Davis, is a classically and comically trained actor who spent over twenty years working in New York. A guest teaching opportunity brought Lance to Los Angeles where he quickly realized that many students had little, if any, experience with live theater, and none with live classical theater. Many of his own friends admitted that they too never experienced Shakespeare or other classical theater out of fear they wouldn’t understand it. With the help of his wife, Mary Chalon Davis, and the generosity of Terry Perl, they founded Parson’s Nose Theater in 2000 to inspire the young and reward the old, by developing in them an appetite that would lead to further exploration of the unique art form, ‘Theater’.