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Past Productions
  • 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!

  • Henry V

    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

    Written by Michael Frayn

    For the 2019 production of Noises Off CLICK HERE. ANW’s most requested production. 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…

  • Man of La Mancha

    Written by Dale Wasserman • Music by Mitch Leigh • Lyrics by Joe Darion

    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 Production Staged by Albert Marre…

  • A Picture of Dorian Gray

    Based on the novella by Oscar Wilde

    Entranced by the beauty of his own portrait, Dorian Gray sells his soul to preserve his youth and pays a price. This haunting and seductive adaptation lets Wilde’s language and wit sparkle, but strips bare the themes of hedonism and the insatiable pursuit of pleasure. As Gray descends into self-indulgent debauchery, those around him are drawn to their own ruin like moths to a flame. Please note that the performance…

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

    By Tom Stoppard

    Hamlet is turned topsy turvy in this brilliant, Tony Award®-winning comedy that thrusts Shakespeare’s two minor characters to the frontlines with no rules except one: they are destined to die. Trapped in a universe where the flip of a coin always comes up heads and pirates can pop-up anytime, can our hapless protagonists triumph in a battle of wits, escape their fate, and make sense of a senseless world? Please…

  • 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!

  • Othello

    Written by William Shakespeare

    The Bard’s most intimate of family tragedies about the terrible force of love and the breakdown of a man who has everything—power, position, and passion—only to find his world decimated through intense mind games with his ensign. Prescient in its searing social commentary of prejudice, betrayal, and thwarted ambition, Shakespeare’s thunderous drama examines who we trust and the price we pay for choosing wrong. Please note that this production will…

  • The Glass Menagerie

    Written by Tennessee Williams

    An innocuous visit from a potential suitor unsettles the sheltered Wingfield family. Matriarch Amanda fiercely protects her adult children from the harshness of others, but doesn’t realize that her own eccentricities are the biggest threat to their psychological survival. Brimming with poetic language and indelible characters, this play about the enduring but limiting nature of love and family made Tennessee Williams a household name. Please note that this production will…

  • Lineage Performing Arts Center’s Ceiling In The Floor

    Presented by Lineage Performing Arts Center

    Music and lyrics by Brandon Toh Directed by Marisa Echeverria Ceiling In The Floor is a dance-theater piece that explores the true story of a friendship bound up in art, music and mental illness. Through journal entries, songs, dances, letters and a manual for suicide risk assessment, we learn about Hilary and Brandon’s devoted friendship, their mutual love of music, and their struggles to grow together and apart as they…

  • Argonautika

    Written by Mary Zimmerman

    Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott In this fresh retelling of the classic Greek myth, Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece has been reframed for our time. Join the fantastic voyage and encounter Hercules, Hera, sirens, centaurs, and more—familiar mythological figures imbued with unexpected character and depth. Discover humor, love, and the unimaginable as Tony Award® winner Mary Zimmerman reveals the humanity in the most monstrous of creatures in this unforgettable…

  • American Moor

    Written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb

    Join us on March 27 at 7pm for a truly unique, one-night-only event: A ticketed presentation of Keith Hamilton Cobb’s award-winning solo play, American Moor, on the set of ANW’s Othello! A poetic exploration of the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of William Shakespeare’s eponymous black hero. Choose your seat and choose your price for this special performance!

  • Trans Chorus of LA & Celebration Theatre

    Presented by Trans Chorus of Los Angeles & Celebration Theatre

    TranSister Radio is a collective of artists in the Trans community bringing awareness, art, and culture of the Trans-narrative perspective.  Trans Women, Trans Men, Gender Non Conforming/Gender Non Binary and Intersex artists, lending their voices and talents to show a plethora of artistic expression through song, spoken word, dance, and so much more.  Join Trans Chorus of Los Angeles (the first all Trans identified Chorus in the United States, according…

  • Ate9 Dance Company’s 1 to 3

    Presented by Noise Now

    “1 to 3” is a series of solos, duets, and trios in an intimate setting that allows the dancers and Ate9 Artistic Director Danielle Agami to meet the audience both formally and informally. The performers’ embodiment of Agami’s signature mix of technical precision, vulnerability, and off-beat humor is juxtaposed with opportunities for audience members to ask questions and become more familiarized with Ate9’s rich contemporary dance work. Header photo by…

  • Noises Off

    Written by Michael Frayn

    One of ANW’s most beloved productions is back! Your favorites 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 that this production will use…

  • Frankenstein

    By Nick Dear

    Directed by Michael Michetti California Premiere This electrifying tale of a creature cast away by his creator into a hostile world—only to wind his way back in a dangerous game of destruction—has captivated audiences for over 200 years. The gothic story comes to life with Nick Dear’s adaptation of the chilling fable by Mary Shelley, animating the themes of social rejection, intellectual hubris, and the nascency of good and evil….

  • From Heaven [Orun] to Earth [Aiyê]

    An Afro-Brazilian Dance Journey & Fashion Show

    Artistic Collaboration: Shelby Williams-Gonzalez with Bianca Medina Witness the ancestral wisdom of African royalty as Viver Brasil salutes the Orixas – forces of nature – in captivating movement, rhythm, and costumes. Experience the energy of oceans, rivers, rainbows, winds, and storms along with the vibrations of justice and prosperity. Join us on the front lawn for this outdoor, dancing journey.   Viver Brasil Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom

  • Gem of the Ocean

    By August Wilson

    Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson unfolds the African American legacy in the first chronological episode of his celebrated American Century Cycle—a soaring, mystical tale of a man desperate for redemption in 1904 Pittsburgh. Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old “soul cleanser,” sends him on a spiritual journey that dissects the nature of freedom amidst oppression and spurs him to take up the mantle of justice. Please note that this production will use…

  • Diwali Block Party

    A Festival of Lights Celebration

    Celebrate Diwali! – The Festival of Lights! Heralding the New Year, Diwali is one of the biggest celebrations in India. Featuring live, outdoor performances by MKM Bollystars Dance Company and tasty culinary treats, join us on the front lawn for a celebratory afternoon for all ages!   Creative: Artistic Director, MKM Bollystars… Shivani Thakkar Associate Artistic Director, MKM Bollystars …Shalini Bathina   Special Guest Artists: Host… Vinita Khilnani Dancer, MKM…

  • A Sad Tale’s Best for Winter

    A Feminist adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

    Is it possible to move forward – and to heal – in moments when catastrophic violence can’t be erased with forgiveness? With a merging of new and classic language, and through song, dance, and spoken word, A Sad Tale’s Best for Winter explores this question by interrupting and disrupting Shakespeare’s text. This new play brings the story into a world where a new generation struggles to undo the centuries of fear, pain,…