Off the Page Reading Series

Join us for Off The Page, our series of monthly staged play readings on Mondays at 7 pm! Several shows have gone on to be full Sierra Madre Playhouse productions, including The Immigrant, The Gin Game, and Tuesdays with Morrie. Our upcoming production of Silent Sky was previously performed through Off The Page. These events are free to attend.


Monday, February 17, at 7 pm
Cafe Vida
By Lisa Loomer

 

A wonderful play and important cultural project for Los Angeles, Cafe Vida follows the men and women who work at Homeboy Industries. Chabela and Luz are rival homegirls ready to leave the life and begin anew at Cafe Vida - the only place in the city that gives young women and their troubled pasts a genuine second chance to start a new life free of violence. It's here that these former enemies choose "la vida" over "la muerte" as they learn to compost, tend a garden, julienne an onion, and rock your lunch order with a smile and a heaping side of transformation. Cafe Vida is inspired by interviews conducted at Homegirl Cafe and Homeboy Industries, organizations that offer vocational training, rehabilitation, and employment to former gang members. Cafe Vida is brought to you in part by Sierra Madre Public Library. See the library's other upcoming complementing events for January and February here.

Monday, April 27, at 7 pm
The Human Comedy
By Thom Babbes
Adapted from the novel by William Saroyan
Directed by Christian Lebano


Set in warfront America 1942, this coming-of-age tale tells the story of Homer Macauley, a 15-year-old boy who delivers telegrams at night to make money for his family. During the course of two days, Homer grows from an idealistic boy to a mature young man as he struggles with the unfairness of the world around him and the pain of families to whom he delivers the War Department's death notices. But in the midst of the decaying idealism of small town America, and the loneliness of growing up, Homer finds hope in humanity through Mr. Grogam, the old alcoholic telegrapher and Mr. Spangler, the manager of the telegraph office who becomes a father-figure. In these men, Homer learns to see the goodness in people no matter how desperate or broked they may be. He also finds the true meaning of home. In the end, it is a timeless American tale that celebrates our common decency. In our present society that is so divisive, The Human Comedy has a lot to how us about our humanity and the important things that bring us together.

"I thought a fellow would never cry when he got to be grown up, but it seems as if that's when a fellow starts." - Homer Macauley

 


 

Stay tuned for more information about our lineup of plays for 2020!

2020 Dates


Monday, February 17 at 7 pm - Cafe Vida

Monday, March 23 at 7 pm

Monday, April 27 at 7 pm - The Human Comedy

Monday, May 18 at 7 pm

Monday, June 29 at 7 pm

Monday, July 27 at 7 pm

Monday, August 31 at 7 pm

Monday, September 28 at 7 pm

Monday, October 26 at 7 pm

Monday, December 7 at 7 pm 

SPONSORS

Arts for LA LA country arts commission Pasadena Tournament of Roses Sierra Madre Community Foundation The Spero Foundation