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    Education Department expands programs–and horizons!

    Thanks to the vision and leadership of Education Director Alicia Green, the scope of our programs for young folk has increased significantly. The happy result: we now serve more students than ever before.   Especially telling is that attendance goals for our fall student matinees (affectionately known as “SMATs”) have exceeded expectations. Relatedly, the Company…

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    You Asked, They Answered

    After every performance this fall, patrons have been filling out our post-show surveys (thank you!). Here are the some answers to a few frequently asked questions. ANTIGONE How did the actors prepare for their roles? Inger Tudor, Chorus: Primarily, Rob (Dean, the director) and I worked on making sure the Chorus was not like a…

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    Arcadia, Tom Stoppard’s Deliciously Dark Farce

    “We shed as we pick up, like travelers who must carry everything in their arms, and what we let fall will be picked up by those behind. The procession is very long and life is very short.” —Septimus Hodge, Arcadia Directed by Stephen Rockwell, 2016’s first Resident Artist reading brings one of Stoppard’s brilliantly funny…

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    Long-distance Pass Holders: Meet Lindsey and Charles Shere

    Ain’t no mountain high enough! (As for valleys low enough, we’re not quite sure.) But in either case: living in NorCal has been no impediment to composer Charles Shere and his wife, Lindsey (an accomplished pâtissière), who have been attending the Company’s plays since seeing Hay Fever in 2001. They became subscribers the very next…

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    Getting Ready for “Glorious!”

    As we gear up for our A Christmas Carol, Geoff Elliott (adapter, co-director, and Scrooge!) shares his thoughts on bring the holiday classic back for the fourth year. There is something about A Noise Within’s production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that keeps it exciting and alive for me. One would think that after several…

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    THE CREATIVE PROCESS: Spotlight on Deborah Strang

    “Deborah Strang outdoes herself in this performance, one of her very best I have seen.” -Daniel Lowenstein, Director, UCLA Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions (CLAFI) Ms. Strang sheds light to the creative process of character development: Kate has watched her two sons and all of the neighborhood children grow up. They’ve played…

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    INSIDE THE INSIDERS: Where “Friendly, Bright, Insightful” Theatre Lovers Meet!

    Board Member and new INsider, Mark Rabinowitz, shares some thoughts on ANW’s literary group! I am a relatively new member of ANW’s INsiders literary club and as such, I might not be the person you would expect to hear from on the merits of the group. Some of the people in the group have been…

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    OWNING THE ROLE!

    Good actors always inhabit their roles. But All My Sons gets under one’s skin even more than most: it touches the players as deeply as it does our patrons. Here our cast shares their thoughts on their characters, and their answers show how piercing Miller’s play really is. What most attracted you to your character…

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    ANTIGONE: NOW MORE THAN EVER

    Emily James plays Antigone in a performance that is “impossible not to watch” (San Gabriel Valley Tribune). Here she confides that she feels more closely connected to this “powerful modern hero” (Los Angeles Times) than when she first read the play. “Throughout the process of rehearsing and performing Antigone, many have asked, ‘Why this play…

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