Omicron Catches Up to The Pasadena Playhouse

Following the successful run of Head Over Heels, next production will be virtual
By EDDIE RIVERA
Published on Jan 12, 2022

Having managed to successfully stage a safe and extra-interactive production of Head Over Heels  in December, The Pasadena Playhouse is now opting for the online world as it will now digitally stream its next show, Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick

The production was originally planned to be performed live February 1-27, 2022, but will now be made available exclusively at pasadenaplayhouse.org this February.

Streaming dates and details are to be announced.

The Playhouse joined Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Huntington Theatre Company to create its production, and professionally recorded the show a few weeks ago during its in-person run in Boston.

As staged by the Playhouse, Teenage Dick is a comedic take on Shakespeare’s  Richard III, which reimagines the disabled protagonist as a 16-year-old outsider in the “deepest winter of his discontent”—junior year at Roseland High. Bullied for his cerebral palsy, Richard plots his revenge — as well as his path to senior class presidency.

“By streaming the production,” said the Playhouse in a statement Tuesday,  “we are still honoring our commitments to pay the artists and crew who have worked so hard to make this show happen during these challenging times. We are also thrilled to be able to bring this show to audiences beyond Pasadena, making Teenage Dick more accessible to more people.”

The theatre will return to in-person performances with its production of Ann (March 22 to April 24),  written by and starring Holland Taylor, and “will continue to assess the COVID-19 landscape in our community until then,” the statement added.

 Tickets will also be on sale in the coming weeks for freestyle love supreme which is scheduled for July 12 to August 7, along with one more production to be announced.

The theatre company statement also noted, that in returning to a live 2022 season, “We all understood that while getting back to the stage was vitally important for our artists, crew, staff, and audiences, we would need to be flexible in response to the ebb and flow of COVID-19 cases in our community.

“Our approach,” the statement stressed, “has been to take each show individually and assess the environment in the weeks prior to opening to see if we could safely proceed.”

During the run of Head Over Heels, the Playhouse did not experience “a single case of COVID-19,” in the company, the statement noted.

Pasadena Playhouse Members and those who have already purchased tickets will be contacted in the coming weeks with information regarding access to the streaming production.

More information about purchasing tickets is available on pasadenaplayhouse.org.

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