Pasadena Playhouse Reaps a Bounty of LA Drama Critics Circle Awards

Local theater’s production of The Father wins in nine categories
By Eddie Rivera, Weekendr Editor
Published on Aug 5, 2022

Alfred Molina and Pia Shah in The Father at Pasadena Playhouse. [Jenny Graham/Pasadena Playhouse]

In a victory as dramatic as its own productions, the Pasadena Playhouse’s The Father, starring Alfred Molina, won an impressive total of nine major categories in this year’s Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards announced Wenesday, among them the Production and Direction Awards honors it shared with Echo Theater Company’s Poor Clare. 

Along with the production and the lead performance awards, The Pasadena Playhouse also won for Featured Performance for Sue Cremin, in The Father. 

The production again shared an award for lead performance as Molina took the lead performance category, along with Jordan Hall, the star of Poor Clare.

Jessica Kubzansky, took the Direction Award for The Father, an award she shared with  Alana Dietze of The Echo Theater company, for her direction of Poor Clare

The two theater companies also shared an award for best ensemble performance, as well as a writing award, which was awarded to the Pasadena Playhouse’s Florian Zeller, with a translation by Christopher Hampton. 

Elizabeth Harper of the Pasadena Playhouse took the award for best lighting design, while John Zalewski of the Pasadena Playhouse won Best Sound Design. 

The awards were announced August 3, for productions that played in 2020 and 2021. The organization once nixed an in-person ceremony. Honorees will be sent their plaques.

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