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  • The New News, By Artistic Director, Christian Lebano

    Today I got the most wonderful email from a new patron. She had never attended our theater before but read what she said:
    “I came to see your production [4000 Miles] and experience your theater several Sundays ago, I wanted you to know what an incredible experience I had and how absolutely stunning I thought the entire production was. I was absolutely and totally absorbed in every moment. I think I get what you are trying to do there; create a very professional theater company doing world class work in a space that maybe was once a community theater? Anyway that is the vibe I got. I just wanted you to know that if this production is any indication, you are absolutely on the right track. I know that it must take such courage, resilience and fortitude to have your vision and to see it through. So I thought it might be nice to get an e mail from someone who gets it and is so impressed and awed by it.”

  • The Alma Quartet @ SMP – Reviewed by Jose Ruiz

    As the nerve center of the entertainment world Southern California is fortunate to have a variety of learning opportunities where talented young people can develop their skills. One of the most prominent schools is the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, and from its many talented students, the Alma Quartet has evolved to bring [...]

  • Message in a Bottle By Artistic Director, Christian Lebano

    Our production of 4000 Miles has gotten wonderful reviews. I am so proud of this work. Audiences have been telling me how much they have enjoyed the play and how terrific the performances are. Unfortunately, those audiences have been small. It may be because the play doesn’t have great name recognition, but the play isn’t selling very well. And that is such a shame – and is costing us.

  • A Theater of its Community – Christian Lebano

    The Sierra Madre Playhouse began its life as a Community Theater. Charles Andrese had a vision for a theater where he and actors from the community could put on modestly scaled – though sometimes surprisingly ambitious – plays. And that model was successful for many years. But as SMP grew in ambition, being known as [...]

  • Review by Don Grigware @ GRIGWARE REVIEWS latest reviews/news/photos

    Don’s original review can be read here: http://grigware.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-4000-miles.html?m=1   Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer-Prize nominated 4,000 Miles explores a most difficult relationship between a grandmother of 90 and her grandson some seventy years her junior. That gap in age is very wide like the distance of 4,000 miles from Seattle, Washington to New York City which Leo (Christian Prentice) [...]

  • Opening 4000 Miles – It Takes a Village – By Artistic Director, Christian Lebano

    It is Friday morning and we are just hours away from opening Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer-nominated play 4000 Miles in its Los Angeles County premiere. As I write this piece there are lots of people working very hard to get our show and the opening night reception which follows it tonight ready for a sold-out house. [...]

  • SMP Receives Numerous Steven Stanley’s STAGEsceneLA Best of 2013-2014 Scenies!

    Congratulations to all the recipients! Check out the entire list here. THEATER COMPANY OF THE YEAR (Intimate Theater): Sierra Madre Playhouse DIRECTOR/STAR OF THE YEAR: Kristin Towers-Rowles, Performer: 6 Rms Riv Vu BEST PRODUCTION, COMEDY-DRAMA: ?An Ideal Husband BEST PRODUCTION, COMEDY: 6 Rms Riv Vu MEMORABLE PRODUCTION, DRAMA: The Lion In Winter BEST ENSEMBLE CAST PERFORMANCE—COMEDY-DRAMA: [...]

  • Jonathan Beard and Barry Schwam nominated for Best Sound Design from NAACP for SMP’s Driving Miss Daisy!

    Barry Schwam and Jonathan Beard received a nomination for Best Sound Design – Local, from the NAACP for the original music score and sound design in SMP’s 2013 production of Driving Miss Daisy. Jonathan Beard (Composer) stands as one of the flag-bearers of an emerging generation of young composers who have grown up deeply steeped [...]

  • BWW Interview: Director CHRISTIAN LEBANO Discusses His New Vision for Sierra Madre Playhouse as Artistic Director

    New artistic director of Sierra Madre Playhouse Christian Lebano is busy as director rehearsing 4000 Miles for its opening at Sierra Madre Playhouse September 26. Lebano talks about this play, this season at Sierra Madre and his role as artistic director, including his plans for the playhouse.   What is your background at Sierra Madre [...]

  • SMP California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser – September 4th – for 4000 Miles

    Join us at California Pizza Kitchen for a flavorful FUNdraising event! Just bring in this flyer, present it to your server, and 20% of your check will be donated to our organization. Purchases include dine-in, take out, catering and all beverages!

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The New News, By Artistic Director, Christian Lebano

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Today I got the most wonderful email from a new patron. She had never attended our theater before but read what she said:
“I came to see your production [4000 Miles] and experience your theater several Sundays ago, I wanted you to know what an incredible experience I had and how absolutely stunning I thought the entire production was. I was absolutely and totally absorbed in every moment. I think I get what you are trying to do there; create a very professional theater company doing world class work in a space that maybe was once a community theater? Anyway that is the vibe I got. I just wanted you to know that if this production is any indication, you are absolutely on the right track. I know that it must take such courage, resilience and fortitude to have your vision and to see it through. So I thought it might be nice to get an e mail from someone who gets it and is so impressed and awed by it.”

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The Alma Quartet @ SMP – Reviewed by Jose Ruiz

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As the nerve center of the entertainment world Southern California is fortunate to have a variety of learning opportunities where talented young people can develop their skills. One of the most prominent schools is the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, and from its many talented students, the Alma Quartet has evolved to bring [...]

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Message in a Bottle By Artistic Director, Christian Lebano

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Our production of 4000 Miles has gotten wonderful reviews. I am so proud of this work. Audiences have been telling me how much they have enjoyed the play and how terrific the performances are. Unfortunately, those audiences have been small. It may be because the play doesn’t have great name recognition, but the play isn’t selling very well. And that is such a shame – and is costing us.

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A Theater of its Community – Christian Lebano

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The Sierra Madre Playhouse began its life as a Community Theater. Charles Andrese had a vision for a theater where he and actors from the community could put on modestly scaled – though sometimes surprisingly ambitious – plays. And that model was successful for many years. But as SMP grew in ambition, being known as [...]

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Review by Don Grigware @ GRIGWARE REVIEWS latest reviews/news/photos

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Don’s original review can be read here: http://grigware.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-4000-miles.html?m=1   Amy Herzog’s Pulitzer-Prize nominated 4,000 Miles explores a most difficult relationship between a grandmother of 90 and her grandson some seventy years her junior. That gap in age is very wide like the distance of 4,000 miles from Seattle, Washington to New York City which Leo (Christian Prentice) [...]

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SMP Receives Numerous Steven Stanley’s STAGEsceneLA Best of 2013-2014 Scenies!

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Congratulations to all the recipients! Check out the entire list here. THEATER COMPANY OF THE YEAR (Intimate Theater): Sierra Madre Playhouse DIRECTOR/STAR OF THE YEAR: Kristin Towers-Rowles, Performer: 6 Rms Riv Vu BEST PRODUCTION, COMEDY-DRAMA: ?An Ideal Husband BEST PRODUCTION, COMEDY: 6 Rms Riv Vu MEMORABLE PRODUCTION, DRAMA: The Lion In Winter BEST ENSEMBLE CAST PERFORMANCE—COMEDY-DRAMA: [...]

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Jonathan Beard and Barry Schwam nominated for Best Sound Design from NAACP for SMP’s Driving Miss Daisy!

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Barry Schwam and Jonathan Beard received a nomination for Best Sound Design – Local, from the NAACP for the original music score and sound design in SMP’s 2013 production of Driving Miss Daisy. Jonathan Beard (Composer) stands as one of the flag-bearers of an emerging generation of young composers who have grown up deeply steeped [...]

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BWW Interview: Director CHRISTIAN LEBANO Discusses His New Vision for Sierra Madre Playhouse as Artistic Director

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New artistic director of Sierra Madre Playhouse Christian Lebano is busy as director rehearsing 4000 Miles for its opening at Sierra Madre Playhouse September 26. Lebano talks about this play, this season at Sierra Madre and his role as artistic director, including his plans for the playhouse.   What is your background at Sierra Madre [...]