Apr. 30, 2013
PANNDORA'S BOX OPENS FOR SUBMISSIONS!
On May 1, 2013, we open for submissions of new, unproduced plays to Panndora's Box. This will be our seventh year of running this Festival; each year our playwrights rave about their experiences. And who knows, you might even get a full production ~ right, Adam Seidel and Alexandra Petri?
We look forward to hearing from all you playwrights out there. Start sending in scripts for our Annual New Works Festival! Our literary team is ready to read!
Feb. 21, 2013
"Catching the Butcher" was bloody good!
This dark, quirky, oddly funny tale of romance gone wrong, or maybe right, captured our hearts. In Adam Seidel the reviewers recognized a new voice to watch, an up and coming playwright who is going places. You saw it here first.
It was a wonderful run at Long Beach Playhouse in the Studio Theatre and we thank all the incredibly supportive LBPH folks who helped make this possible. Til next time!
Feb. 12, 2013
BACKSTAGE WEIGHS IN
CATCHING THE BUTCHER IS A STRIKING PIECE OF WORK
At Long Beach Playhouse, Adam Seidel's striking black comedy "Catching the Butcher," about the inner life of a serial killer, is brilliant and funny but not frivolous.
"Catching the Butcher" is a striking piece of work, marking Seidel as an up-and-coming playwright to watch.
Feb. 8, 2013
TALK BACK WITH AUTHOR
Playwright Adam Seidel will be joining us for opening weekend of the premiere of "Catching the Butcher." We are delighted to have him here from Chicago. Saturday night after the performance at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, there will be a talk back with Adam, along with director, Chrisanne Blankenship-Billings and the cast of the show, Derek Long, Karen Wray and Rebecca Taylor. Moderated by the fabulous Alexandra Billings!
Come on down!
Jan. 10, 2013
PANNDORA COMES TO LONG BEACH!
On February 8, 2013, Panndora opens our season with a winning play from Panndora's Box New Works Festival 2012. Don't miss the world premiere of CATCHING THE BUTCHER by Adam Seidel.
Nancy finds herself tied up in the Butcher's basement -- and she likes it. What could possibly go wrong?
mature content, brief nudity, dark comedy
Shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $20 general admission. Call 562-494-1014 or click the button below.
Aug. 21, 2012
Sonja goes to Yale Drama~
Panndora's co-founder, Sonja Berggren, is expanding her horizons spending a semester at Yale School of Drama as a special research fellow in directing. This means you will see less of her this fall, but she will have many stories to tell when she is back! (It was wonderful being in CA for Panndora's Box! What a terrific batch of plays this year!)
Mar. 10, 2012
"Hook Ups" brings "great premise...inspired comedy"
Orange County Register Eric Marchese reports: "If a play's basic premise is everything, then 'Hook-Ups' has it all, because playwright Alexandra Petri starts with an irresistible premise, then builds upon it, crafting sparkling characters and witty dialogue with apparent ease. . . . . Her visions are amply realized by director Sonja Berggren and her well-chosen cast." Congratulations kids!
Jan. 2, 2012
"WELL" and Best of OC Theatre 2011!
We just learned that Sonja Berggren got a "Best Supporting Actress" nod for her work in "WELL" by Lisa Kron, starring Karen Wray and directed by MaryAnne Mosher. Congratulations Panndora and the whole ensemble cast!Best of OC Theatre 2011 www.examiner.com
Jan. 1, 2012
"HOOK-UPS" is coming to Broadway!
It's decided! Our next full production will be "HOOK-UPS" by Alexandra Petri, a timely, intelligent, witty and very funny comedy about - well - what people talk about after they "hook up." All kinds of people - princesses, aliens, Plato, vampires, cougars and boy toys, and regular couples kind of like, well, you and me. Don't miss this one! Coming to the Empire Theatre in Santa Ana, during the month of March 2012.
Sep. 13, 2011
Panndora's Box closes~
Labor Day has come and gone and Panndora's Box has closed for 2011. It was a tremendous success and we are already looking forward to diving into next year's submissions! Next year's Festival, our 6th, will be held September 28, 29, 30, 2012 at the Empire Theatre, Santa Ana. We open for submissions on May 1. Stay tuned!
Aug. 28, 2011
FESTIVAL OPENS THIS WEEKEND!
This year's Panndora's Box Festival is another basket of wonderful theatrical treats. Stop by the Empire Theatre over Labor Day weekend and check out these offerings. The Empire Theatre (home of Theatre Out) is located at 202 N. Broadway in Santa Ana (corner of 2nd and Bway, next door to American Apparel). Suggested donation: $10 per reading, $20 for the entire Festival. Cash only, no reservations.
Aug. 16, 2011
FESTIVAL PREPARATION UNDERWAY!
We are enjoying the practice of casting and preparing for the readings of this year's magnificent works selected for Panndora's Box. Stay tuned as we post more information about the plays selected and the upcoming Festival. September 2-4, 2011, Labor Day weekend at the Empire Theatre, Santa Ana!
Aug. 5, 2011
Winners to be announced soon!
It's been a great year for plays submitted to Panndora's Box 5th Annual Festival of New Works. We have been reading for months now and we are very close to announcing the winners of this year's Festival. Stay tuned!
Jun. 27, 2011
Our playwrights have asked for more time to submit works to this year's Panndora's Box Festival of New Works and we are giving it. The deadline for submissions has been extended to JULY 10, 2011.
Don't miss this opportunity to have your untested gem read in a professional setting. Writers are in good hands with this Festival.
"I had such a wonderful, uplifting experience. My play was beautifully done from start to finish by experienced actors who were expertly directed. The critical comments I received helped me enormously. Panndora is a wonderful, supportive place to test out a new play."
Lucile Lichtblau, author of "The English Bride,"
2010 Panndora's Box, and 1st prize winner in the Actors' Theatre of Santa Cruz Festival 2011
"I had a terrific experience with Panndora's Box. The actors who performed in the reading of 'Whites in Hot Water" were outstanding. The direction was phenomenal. It was exciting to see my play on its feet, and I learned a lot about the play's strengths and weaknesses."
Garrett Socol, 2010 Panndora's Box winner
May. 16, 2011
"WELL" does well!
Well, our production of "Well" went well. Every time we did this show, we found more to love. And our audience and reviewers agreed: "WELL" made me want to shout from the rooftops that I am alive. Panndora’s production filled me with more than a love for life; it made me grateful for the 90 minutes I was in that theater. Because it was nourishing and fulfilling and important – and GOOD! http://twolivesonepath.blogspot.com/2011/04/well-is-theater-in-excellent-shape.html.
This “solo piece with other people in it” gets a first-rate staging under the deft hand of director MaryAnne Mosher. Karen Wray plays Kron so well she’s credible enough to be mistaken for the playwright; Sonja Berggren is her match as Ann, the mother. J.J. Boone stands out as the childhood chum and other characters among the ensemble of players sketching in the background. http://exm.nr/h3rpe9
Issues of race revolving around the institutionlized segregation of the mid-20th century are almost as prominent in "Well" as are issues of health and illness. These two solid rails are bolstered by the real subject of "Well": Parent-child relationships as defined by Lisa and Ann Kron. . . .Part of what helped [Kron] regain her health was writing "Well," because "art helps makes sense of things." Indeed, that makes "Well" nearly as self-indulgent a piece of stagecraft as you're ever likely to see – but Kron is such a keen observer of human nature that the bulk of "Well" is still genuinely ingratiating. http://www.ocregister.com/entertainment/-299187--htmlhttp://www.backstage.com/bso/reviews-la-theatre/well-1005170652.story
May. 15, 2011
Well, on Sunday May 15, we had our last show of WELL. We will miss this play!
Thanks to our fantastic cast - Karen Wray, Sonja Berggren, J.J. Boone, Philip Bushell, Richard DeVicariis, Pam Paulson - our fabulous crew - Kara Kessener and David Carnevale - and our wonderful director, MaryAnne Mosher.
And a special thanks to our audience, especially those of you who kept coming back to see this show again! You are terrific!
May. 1, 2011
"Home, Sweet Home!"
Panndora and Long Beach Opera
directed by Andreas Mitisek
May 1, 2011, 2-4:30pm
at the Art Theatre, Long Beach, CA
On May 1, Panndora joined forces with Long Beach Opera to present a "Coincidence" for the opera "Moscow, Cherry Town" by Dmitri Shostokovich. Do you qualify to get an apartment in Cherry Town? Or will you end up in "communal housing," living in one room with the kitchen, hallway, lavatory, and bathroom as highly contested public spaces? A humorous trip through the labyrinth of Russian housing with actors from Panndora Productions and singers from LBO's cast of "Moscow, Cherry Town." More
Feb. 10, 2010
Sonja met Kathleen Chalfant!
Yes I did. I met Kathleen Chalfant for coffee in New York on Friday, February 5. She played the role of Vivian Bearing in "Wit" for over three years on Broadway, garnering a host of awards for her brilliant performance. In person, she is delightful, generous, warm, earthy, funny and beautiful. She shared stories of how it felt to walk around town with no hair, to the beauty of this play and the "translucent transcendence" of its message. It was a magical afternoon, leaving me even more inspired to become Vivian for a month in Santa Ana, CA.
Feb. 10, 2010
New cast members for "Wit"
We are happy to welcome Darcy Porter and Nick Wopershall to our "Wit" cast. They will each be playing four different roles - technician, medical fellow, college student and member of the code team. They are fantastic additions to this show.
Jan. 24, 2010
Losing my hair - bit by bit . . .
I (Sonja) have begun the process of shortening my hair bit by bit to prepare for shaving my head to become Vivian Bearing. Here are some photos of my latest bob.[coming] I will probably go through one more cut before the shave - which will be shared on this site. Thanks for your interest!
Jan. 24, 2010
Rehearsing for "Wit"
We are in full rehearsals now for "Wit" under Pete Taylor's direction. This is such a beautiful play. You won't want to miss it. Details for tickets will be out soon. We are playing every weekend in March at the Empire Theatre in Santa Ana. Here's the cast: Sonja Berggren as Vivian Bearing, Brandon Crisler as Dr. Jason Posner, Carmen Guo as Professor E.M. Ashford, Pete Taylor as Dr. Kelekian/Mr. Bearing, and Karen Wray as Susie Monahan, R.N. We are in the process of casting 3 more actors to cover the roles of lab technicians, clinical fellows, students and the code team.
Jan. 4, 2010
"The Good Soldier Schweik" and Long Beach Opera
This Sunday, January 10, at 4pm, Panndora joins forces with Long Beach Opera for a special event to precede the opening of "The Good Soldier Schweik", the season opener for LBO's 2010 season. Come join us at 4pm at the Long Beach Playhouse, 4021 E. Anaheim St, Long Beach.
Tickets are $25 or $20 for LBO subscribers. You can get tickets here or call Long Beach Opera at 562 432 5934.
Dec. 15, 2009
"Wit" a play by Margaret Edson
Our long-awaited production of "Wit" has found a home! Theatre Out, the company now presenting in the old Rude Guerrilla space (the Empire Theatre) in Santa Ana, has welcomed Panndora Productions into their fold. Our agreement gives us the space for 3 performances each weekend in March 2010. We've confirmed the rights and we are already working on this extraordinary play. Directed by Pete Taylor, "Wit" features Sonja Berggren, Brandon Crisler, Carmen Guo, Pete Taylor and Karen Wray.
"A brutally human and beautifully layered new play. . .You will feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted." THE NEW YORK TIMES
Jun. 27, 2009
GREAT OPENING NIGHT!
We had a fabulous opening night for Panndora's Box Friday with the reading of "Star Turn" by Linda Whitmore, our own New Voices playwright. The audience loved it, as did we.
Join us for the rest of the Festival!
Saturday at 4pm, "Sunday's Child" by Jennifer S. Jones, directed by Karen Wray, with Pete and Rebecca Taylor, Erin Henriques and Robert Dean Nunez.
Saturday at 7pm, "Denouement" by Jack Raymond, directed by Pete Taylor, with David Gold, Karen Wray, Rebecca Taylor and Pete himself.
Sunday at 1pm, "The Wall" by Jonathan Chapman, directed by Andreas Mitisek, with Kevin Brunner, Sonja Berggren, Leandro Cano, Brandon Crisler and Sky Siegel.
Sunday at 4pm, "The Morning After the Night Before" by William S.E. Coleman, directed by Sonja Berggren, with Karen Wray and John Wray.
Jun. 5, 2009
Over 150 plays submitted!
The response to this year's Panndora's Box Festival of New Works has been overwhelming! After receiving over 150 plays from all over the world, we feel compelled to add another night and another play to the Festival. We will select 5 plays from those submitted to be read at the Festival which will now begin on Friday night, June 26, at 8:00pm at Breath of Fire Theatre in Santa Ana. Two more plays will be read on Saturday and two on Sunday.