The Pasadena Playhouse is accepting submissions for roles in its upcoming staged readings.
The venerable 686-seat theater is experiencing a financial renaissance after a successful fundraising drive saw it recently bring in a seven-figure haul. It now has a new production slate, which includes four staged readings in the coming months, and is seeking actors to fill out the casts.
The 2012–13 season of the Playhouse's Hothouse staged reading series, dedicated to the development of new plays, includes "Dear Galileo," a drama by Claire Willett about three women wrestling with their identity, the conflict between science and religion, and their fathers' legacies; "Aunt Stossie’s Coming for Five Days" by Ellen Simon, which is set in a Central California beach town, about three generations of women and two surfer boys who are navigating the entanglements of sex, health, and family after a tsunami warning sign goes up in their neighborhood; and "A View of the Mountains" by Lee Blessing, which tells the story of a prominent family split down the middle in America's liberal-conservative dogfight. And an untitled work set to be directed by Michael Arabian.
Last year, the Playhouse's staged reading series included nine productions so officials said more could be added to the schedule. The current schedule runs from Oct. 30 through mid-March.
In 2010, the Playhouse, which dates from the early 1920s, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with a debt burden of $2.3 million. But soon after it received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor that helped it restart production. The Playhouse recently raised another $1 million from a fundraising drive.