Parson’s Nose Theater Concludes their 2013-14 Season with a Readers’ Theater Performance of Little Sophie’s Misfortunes; Saturday, April 12 to Sunday, April 13

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Parson’s Nose Theater Concludes their 2013-14 Season with a 

Readers’ Theater Performance of Little Sophie’s Misfortunes


Saturday, April 12th to Sunday, April 13th  



Parson’s Nose Theater (PNT) will conclude their 2013-14 Season next month with a Readers’ Theater Series performance of Little Sophie’s Misfortunes by Comtesse de Ségur.


“Little Sophie’s Misfortunes is a translation and adaptation for theater of a novel written in 1858 by Russian-born, Sofiya Rostopchina, Comtesse de Ségur,” says Artistic Director, Lance Davis. “We’ve always loved naughty girls and boys. But even younger than Betty Rizzo, younger than The Bad Seed, Pippi Longstocking, and Becky Thatcher was Little Sophie. At the tender age of five or six she showed a sense of willfulness that Attila might envy.


Interestingly, the Comtesse’s stories are closer to Roald Dahl than most. Little Sophie always promises to obey her mother, but somehow her naughty twin takes over and each activity ends in disaster. Her dolly suffers burnt hair, missing eyes, broken arms, and melted legs. She destroys pets – fish, a chicken, a donkey, a squirrel and even a turtle. She insists on serving her friends tea made from chalk and water from the dog bowl. And each time she swears she’ll do better. The Comtesse de Ségur called her tales “cautionary”. For whom? The children…or us?


Let’s just say that Tim Burton and Edward Gorey owe a lot to a little Russian grandmother scribbling her thoughts in her quiet chateau north of Paris. Join us for our season finale!”


Parson’s Nose Theater’s 2013-14 Season concludes with Little Sophie’s Misfortunes, April 12th at 7pm and April 13th at 3pm. Running time appx. 90 minutes including intermission. Appropriate ages 9+.


Parson’s Nose Theater performs at Lineage Performing Arts Center located at 89 South Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91105


Parson’s Nose Readers Theater performances are offered as “Pay What You Will”. Reservations may be made online at or by calling 626-403-7667. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


Little Sophie’s Misfortunes is sponsored in part by an Anonymous Donation, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the J. Mario Molina Family Foundation.



Calendar Listing: “Little Sophie’s Misfortunes”



By Comtesse de Ségur, Translated and Adapted by Lance Davis

Performances at Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91105

Parson’s Nose Theater Business Office, 1325 Monterey Rd., South Pasadena, CA 91030



Saturday, April 12 at 7:00pm

Sunday, April 13 at 3:00pm


Tickets and Information:


Phone: 626-403-7667

Prices: Pay What You Will

Tickets may be purchased online, over the phone, or at the door.


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. Founded in 2000 by Lance Davis and Mary Chalon Davis, Parson’s Nose has introduced approximately sixty-five fun, condensed, professional presentations of thirty-two comedies to over 65,000 kids and adults. Productions are presented in a fun, commedia dell-arte style that makes them both engaging and easy to understand. Parson’s Nose is the only company in America devoted to this new way of experiencing the classics.

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