Off the Page Reading Series is now virtual! Plus, we now have other online events!
Although our Playhouse is physically closed for the meantime, our Off the Page Reading Series is online now, in addition to other kinds of virtual events! Since June, we have launched virtual readings of Stephen Sach's Bakersfield Mist and David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face, and a virtual reunion with the director and cast of our 2019 box-office smash The Joy Luck Club. These readings and other virtual events are free to attend (although donations to help support production costs are greatly appreciated). Donate to our Light the Lights campaign to support our virtual events, including our Off the Page series, here.
Upcoming Schedule of Virtual Events
Friday, October 23 at 6 pm PDT
SMP Marquee Relighting Ceremony
Watch the livestream on YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram
After several years of anticipation, restoration of the Sierra Madre Playhouse marquee is now complete. The Playhouse, a 97-year-old cultural jewel, is a landmark enjoyed by our entire community, and the refurbished marquee adds luster to the beloved structure. This accomplishment would not have occurred without the funds granted to the Playhouse by the Sierra Madre City Council, along with some significant private donations over the course of the summer. We will hold our relighting ceremony, with social distancing protocols in place, at the Playhouse. We thank the City Council of Sierra Madre and all who contributed to this effort. As part of the ceremony, Maggi Gordon and Board President David Gordon will be recognized for their commitment to the future of the Playhouse when the marquee is dedicated in their honor.
The general public is encouraged to attend this event virtually as we livestream it on several platforms:
Via YouTube (Sierra Madre Playhouse)
Via Facebook (@SierraMadrePlayhouse)
- Facebook Event
Via Instagram (@sierra.madre.playhouse)
By Donald Margulies
Directed by SMP Artistic Director Christian Lebano
Starring Claudette Sutherland and Alexandra Wright
Runtime is approximately 1 hour and 47 minutes
In Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories, grad student Lisa is thrilled to be under the tutelage of her literary idol, Ruth Steiner. Over the years, Lisa becomes Ruth’s personal assistant and gradually her friend, as Ruth helps her hone her writing abilities. But as Lisa’s career begins to flourish and Ruth’s begins to fade, can the tenuous relationship between mentor and mentee survive ambition, rivalry, and eventual betrayal? Collected Stories explores the complicated relationship between two independent women as they struggle to define what, if anything, is off-limits in art.
Reservations for more Virtual Off the Page events will be available soon! Check out what we have coming up below.
Monday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 24
With a live talkback discussion on Tuesday, November 17 at 6 pm PDT
The Realistic Joneses
By Will Eno
Directed by Scott Alan Smith
Starring Christian Lebano and Elizabeth Sampson
Runtime is approximately 100 minutes
Meet Bob and Jennifer Jones and their new neighbors, John and Pony Jones, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.
"Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses, by Will Eno, do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really." - The New York Times
Past Events Archive
July 9, 2020: Yellow Face Talkback Transcription
Enjoy the transcript of questions and answers from our Yellow Face post-show talkback, which also includes answers to some previously unanswered questions and behind-the-scenes photos, here.