“The quick paced dialogue, the running gags, obsessive characters, political statements, all came from Molière,” says Lance Davis, founder and Artistic Director of the Parson’s Nose Company, which will be performing The Middle Class Nobleman. “He added the social commentary that made Norman Lear so famous in the 1970s with All in the Family and Trey Parker with South Park.”
The Middle Class Nobleman is the story of Monsieur Jourdain who is narcissistic, crass, and a member of the nouveau riche bourgeois of Paris but is willing to sell his own daughter in order to enter the ranks of the upper classes.
The Middle Class Nobleman at Parson’s Nose Company
November 8th-10th, 15th-17th, and 22nd-24th
Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.
Running time: approx. 90 minutes
Performances at Lineage, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena 91105
Pay what you will: $10, $15, or $20 (suggested)
Tickets may be purchased online, over the phone, or at the door
For more info, visit ParsonsNose.com or call 626.403.7667
The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll, My Barking Dog, Habeas Corpus, and Dark Room. These are the plays to be included in The Theatre @ Boston Court’s annual new play festival this weekend, November 9th-10th.
Boston Court aims to nurture playwrights, aid in new play development, and “urges artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision.”
These free readings are open to the public and reservations may be made by calling the theater.
The Theatre @ Boston Court’s New Play Festival
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 9th-10th, various times
Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena
Times and descriptions of the plays:
Saturday, November 9 at 11am: The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll, by Lily Blau, conceived by Lily Blau and Sydney Gallas. Using a highly visual and poetic approach, The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll tells a dark version of the story behind Alice in Wonderland. Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, experienced a charged and ambiguous relationship with Alice Lidell, his 11-year-old muse. As the real world merges with the story he creates, life and art push together at the constrictions of society, and the storyteller becomes invisibly woven into his own tale.
Saturday, November 9 at 2:30pm: Habeas Corpus, by Emilie Beck. A mother who couldn’t protect her sons; a teacher who couldn’t save her students; a young woman who can’t let herself be loved; a prisoner on Death Row who can’t let himself be saved; the warden who finds friendship in the darkest rooms: these stories connect and intersect, exploring the ways in which we are emotionally imprisoned, and how much we are affected by the limitations of those who love us most. At its heart, Habeas Corpus illuminates how perpetrators are also victims, and the saviors are also damned.
Sunday, November 10 at 11am: My Barking Dog, by Eric Coble. Two lonely apartment dwellers’ lives take a turn for the bizarre when a starving coyote begins frequenting their fire escape. My Barking Dog examines the sometimes indistinguishable line between human and animal behavior. Thrilling twists and viscerally poetic language combine to create a unique look at those who are striving for connection in a disjointed world.
Sunday, November 10 at 1:30pm: Dark Room, by George Brant. Dark Room is a dream-like journey into the haunting photographs of Francesca Woodman, a gifted artist who created a fascinating body of work before taking her life at the age of 22. A highly physical and lyrical investigation of creative impulses, the legacies of desire, and the fragmented nature of that which we leave behind.