Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia
“Strong cast and inspired staging” “A dizzying blend of philosophy, physics, higher mathematics, and even higher comedy” – Los Angeles Times Romantic, funny, and profoundly moving, Tom Stoppard’s meticulously crafted masterwork invites you to unravel the big and small mysteries of the universe at bucolic Sidley Park. There, the intricate interplay of past and present is equally driven by fierce intellectual curiosity and the fickle passions of the human heart.
Jean Genet’s The Maids
Translated by Bernard Frechtman
Filled with self-loathing and driven by desperation, the titular characters in Jean Genet’s groundbreaking play create elaborate and highly eroticized fantasy worlds in response to a lifetime of abuse. Their increasingly ruinous role-play is a trenchant statement about the accident of birth, the searing brutality of class distinctions, and the liberation that stems from destruction.
Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid
Adapted by Constance Congdon • Based on a New Translation by Dan Smith
“Just what the doctor ordered” – LA Times The Imaginary Invalid proves again that laughter is the best medicine.” – LA Times As his medical debts mount, Argan, a man whose mental neuroses grossly outweigh his physical maladies, concocts a scheme to marry his daughter off to a family of physicians. High comedy ensues–replete with thwarted love, false identities, dexterous wordplay, musical interludes, and a healthy dose of derision towards…
William Shakespeare’s King Lear
The gut-wrenching devastation of Lear encompasses more than one man’s trajectory of power and hubris; it is an affecting, unflinching chronicle of a family as it disintegrates around the mental illness of its patriarch. This spring we invite you to experience, in the midst of tragedy, the healing and transcendent nature of great art.
Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!
A Nostalgic Comedy of the Ancient Days when Youth was Young, and Right was Right, and Life was a Wicked Opportunity
A rare departure from the playwright’s darker oeuvre, this comedy is unabashedly nestled in the halcyon days of turn-of-the-century Americana; a gentle, loving, and boldly optimistic study of a deeply bonded family as they navigate the youthful indiscretions of their wayward son.
ANW Presents The Yale Whiffenpoofs in Concert
A Dalaklis/Miraglia Production
One of the top a capella choirs in America visits Pasadena for one night only! For generations, this legendary group has performed at prestigious venues such as the Lincoln Center, White House, Carnegie Hall, and the Rose Bowl and appeared on Saturday Night Live and 60 Minutes. Thanks for coming to the show! The music continue at A Noise Within this spring with Ah, Wilderness! and Man of La Mancha. See you again…
Man of La Mancha
Written by Dale Wasserman • Music by Mitch Leigh • Lyrics by Joe Darion
Extended due to popular demand! Set in a prison, the story-within-a-story of Don Quixote’s musical misadventures – rife with love, chivalry, and of course, four-armed giants – unfurls into something more transcendent: a beacon of hope in a dire world. Dream the impossible dream with the wandering hidalgo in this quintessential tale about the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of storytelling when faced with insurmountable odds. Original…
A Tale of Two Cities
Written by Charles Dickens • Adapted by Mike Poulton
This bold, fast-paced adaptation deftly streamlines Dickens’ epic story into a taut political thriller, giving a new sense of urgency to the intertwined fates of two men at the bloody, turbulent end of the French Revolution. Called “startlingly relevant” (Live Theatre UK), Tony®-nominee Poulton delivers a roller coaster ride of romance and adventure that still embodies the rich characterizations and eloquent language of the original novel. This adaptation © Mike…
The Madwoman of Chaillot
Written by Jean Giraudoux • Translation by Maurice Valency
Liquid (and comedic) gold fuels this feminist, fantastical, frack-tured fairy tale. Oil is discovered under Paris, and Countess Aurelia and her kooky coterie are determined to drive away the evil corporate profiteers lying in wait. A can’t miss rallying-cry for those who crave a satisfying David vs. Goliath fable in the form of incisive, side-splittingly funny theatre. “Madwoman of Chaillot, The” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC….
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
Written by George Bernard Shaw
Cambridge-educated Vivie lives a comfortable middle-class life and envisions herself a pragmatic and open-minded twentieth century woman. Then she discovers that her entrepreneurial mother, Kitty, is an unapologetically successful madam. Sensibilities clash in this character-driven dramedy about the business of pleasure, the economics of necessity, and the ties that bind…or don’t.
Impro: Dickens UnScripted
A completely improvised play in the style of Charles Dickens
Directed by Brian Lohmann | Tickets $20-$40 The vivid narration and iconic characters that inhabit the world of Charles Dickens inspire Impro Theatre’s high-spirited “Dickens UnScripted.” Starting with audience suggestions, the ensemble combines comic portrayals with cruel melodrama and heartbreaking tenderness to create a spontaneous performance that is as lively and dynamic as a classic Dickens novel. The cast for the evening includes: Lisa Fredrickson, Madi Goff, Kelly Holden Bashar, Brian…
A Christmas Carol
Written by Charles Dickens
“Only a die-hard humbug could remain unmoved by so charming a yuletide treat.” – Los Angeles Times ANW’s delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns! Families love the inspirational story of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge—the perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season, and beyond!
Written by William Shakespeare
You’ve never seen Henry like this before. Shakespeare’s world and our world collide to create a modernized aesthetic of the historical warrior and ruler. Our rendition of Henry V gets down and dirty with the art of war as Henry wrestles with what it means to be a good leader and a good man, while nationalism rises and war is unleashed. Are you a member of the Shakespeare Association of America? Email us or…
A Raisin in the Sun
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
In pre-civil rights America, an unexpected windfall offers a life-changing option for the Youngers, an African-American family living in a cramped Chicago apartment. The Youngers struggle with competing dreams and racial intolerance in Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal work, which remains a resonant story of hope and the need to retain dignity in a hostile world. Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission. Late seating at House Manager’s discretion.
Noises Off – Extended due to popular demand!
Written by Michael Frayn
ANW’s most requested production is back: Your favorite Resident Artists, along with some new faces, are ready to rein in the chaos of this joyfully out-of-control British farce about the auspiciously titled play-within-a-play Nothing On. Step behind the curtain and meet the under-rehearsed and over-worked cast and crew with a penchant for drama more personal than professional. As the production progresses, the bumbling cast brings down the house—literally! Please note…