Meet Derek Long (director), Erik Pfeifer, Erin Henriques, Rebecca Taylor, Joshua Evans, Pete Taylor, Caitlin Lowerre, Nick Emmett McGee and Kevin Ragsdale. A great cast for a great play! Let the games begin!
On January 19, 2017 at 5:30pm, Panndora Productions and the Garage Theatre gathered in a collective, simultaneous action, creating "light" for challenging times ahead. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater, we pledged to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone--regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
January 19th was a moment of gathering within a larger resistance to intolerance at all levels. We aim to create brave spaces that will serve as lights in the coming years. We aim to activate a network of people across the country working to support vulnerable communities. We pledge continued vigilance and increased advocacy.
Going from 205 plays to the 5 chosen to be read at the Festival, and 5 more to receive Honorable Mention is a job we take very seriously. We worked our fannies off and this past weekend paid off. WE DID IT!
Don't dawdle playwrights! July 1 is the deadline to submit to this year's PANNDORA'S BOX, our 10th! Here's what some past participants have to say about their experience:
The generous artists at Panndora brought such depth and emotion to the reading of my play. They provided incredible audience feedback and really great notes reflecting their experiences working on the script which I was able to incorporate into my next draft. I would love to work with them again! Jennifer Faletto, “Domestic Animals”
I would give my eye teeth to spend the rest of my career working with people as thoughtful and lovingly creative as you all—and I hope someday we get to work together again, because what a joy that would be. But more than that, I want you to keep creating the work of writers whose plays you flat out love, because writers deserve that. So keep making the choices you make based on your love for those scripts and so not settle for less than love, because the work is so beautiful when it comes out of that and it really is such a gift. Ben Jolivet, “Fragile Thing Cracks”
I want to thank you both for including my play in this year's festival. It really was HUGELY beneficial for me to see the play interpreted by talented artists and to see how it played for an unsuspecting audience. Aside from giving me a valuable understanding of the script and the areas I need to improve as I move forward-- the reading also gave me a shot-in-the-arm to keep writing. Sometimes when I spend a long period of time writing a script I forget that it's really all about sharing it with other artists and an an audience. Thank you for the reminder-- without question the experience was well worth the flight to Long Beach (and the weather wasn't bad either). Kevin Daly, “Where Is Everybody?”
And don't miss Traci Godfrey's quote below re: her experience as the author of "Sweet Texas Reckoning," our 2016 production from last year's PANNDORA'S BOX!
As a playwright, it is extremely rare to be able to watch one’s work with a blank slate and objective eye. It is almost impossible to be able to simply sit and enjoy the work on the stage without judgment, conscious or otherwise. However, when I attended Panndora’s Box Production of my play Sweet Texas Reckoning last weekend that is exactly what I was able to do. From the moment of Elli’s entrance, Pete Taylor’s flawless direction and Yuri Okahana’s wonderful scenic design put me immediately at ease and I was able to truly absorb what was before me as if seeing it for the first time. The exemplary work of Rebecca Taylor, Derek Long, Karen Wray and C.J. Williams was pure joy to behold, and these actors taught me things about my play that I’d not thought of nor had I “seen” before. Under the watchful eye of producer Sonja Berggren, and seamless stage management of Caitlyn Dominguez the production flowed beautifully, giving the audience the ability to comfortably sit back and take in what these characters had to say. I could not be more proud of this production and am forever indebted to the amazing team at Panndora’s Box for giving me this extraordinary gift.
New York City
Saturday night April 16, playwright Traci Godfrey will be at the show and will join us for a talkback afterwards. Tickets are SOLD OUT for that night. If you would like to be on a waitlist for cancellations, call Karen at 323.377.2988
Some playwrights get it right, their plays seemingly holding a mirror up to life. That’s definitely the case with Traci Godfrey and her new (2015) play “Sweet Texas Reckoning,” receiving a thorough, virtuoso staging by Panndora Productions at downtown Long Beach’s intimate Garage Theatre. . . . .
The “Reckoning” script rests perfectly between pure character study and a plot- or issue-driven play. That’s a difficult, demanding balancing act not often seen in live theater, and Panndora’s staging breathes life, texture and nuance into it.
Eric Marchese, OC Register, April 14, 2016
C'mon down to the GARAGE THEATRE folks and celebrate the opening of SWEET TEXAS RECKONING tonight, April 8 at 8pm. Nice article in the Press Telegram today. Thank you Richard Guzman!
This year's PANNDORA production brought to you straight out of PANNDORA'S BOX is SWEET TEXAS RECKONING by Traci Godfrey, opening April 8 at the Garage Theatre. The show runs weekends through April 24. Space is limited and we do sell out. Get your tickets online now!
On Monday NOV 9 at 8pm at The Garage Theatre, PANNDORA joined multiple theatres across the country in a one night only reading of THE OTHER WOMAN, adapted by Victoria Zackheim. Five women talk openly about sex, deception, love, and betrayal.
directed by Cecilia Fannon. with Sonja Berggren, Terri Mowrey, Pam Paulson, Rebecca Taylor, and Karen Wray
$10 donation - proceeds benefited INTERVAL HOUSE, Long Beach Women's Shelter
DOMESTIC ANIMALS by Jennifer Faletto
SPIRALLING by Judith Pratt
SWEET TEXAS RECKONING by Traci Godfrey
THE WEYWARD SISTERS by L. L. West
WHERE IS EVERYBODY? by Kevin Daly
The critics love MEDUSA UNDONE.
Bitter Lemons gives it 100% sweet! !http://socal.bitter-lemons.com/projects/2532
Through the script and Berggren's direction, the tone is breezily contemporary, free of the often stilted quality of classical theater. Likewise, the cast's delivery is neither ancient nor modern. Both factors make the story more timeless, and more accessible, to audiences. Eric Marchese, Orange County Register
Will we ever succeed, as a species, in coming to terms with our ability to force violent sex upon one another? Medusa Undone helps to lead us there. Not because it is well-intended, but because it is (for the most part) professionally executed. As Actors' Equity votes on whether to eliminate the decades-old "99-seat" plan, this West Coast premiere reminds us of why our small theatres exist. Mark Hein, Theatre Ghost
Almost everyone has heard of Medusa. She's that infamous character in Greek mythology (a monster with snakes in her hair), who turns anyone who looks at her to stone. Did you ever wonder why - or - how she got that way? If so, you must not miss her back-story, which is currently on stage in a powerful drama at the Garage Theatre. Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers, stagehappenings
Yet it seemed in the end as a corner of a much vaster universe, a cruel one achingly familiar. Because in the end we've all known a Medusa or two. Just as we all grew up around more than a few Poseidons, as well as few Athenas and Sthenos. Echos too now and then. David McDowell Blue, Night Tinted Glasses
Now we have a play AND a story! Check out today's Press Telegram. Thanks to Richard Guzman for his thoughtful write up about this lovely play.
Go support our pals at THE GARAGE THEATRE and see their production of WET, HOT AMERICAN SUMMER . . . THE PLAY? written and directed by RYAN MCLARY. Based on the radio play by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker. Based on the film screenplay by Michael Showalter & David Wain.
"Book your cabin at Camp Firewood and find out what happens when THE GARAGE THEATRE ATTEMPTS WET, HOT, AMERICAN SUMMER . . . THE PLAY? Will it work? Fondue with cheddar?"
Panndora co-founder, Karen Wray, is directing for New Voices Playwright's Summer Show. Make a reservation (highly recommended) to see local original one-acts, including BOULEVARD of BROKEN DREAMS, written by Lynne Bolen and featuring Eric Davis, Jeff Gilbank, Sky Siegel & Jasmine West. Show up on time and see Karen's cameo in THE MATCH, a six minute romp through a challenged marriage, also featuring Sky Siegel, written by John Bolen and directed by Jo Black-Jacob. TWO SHOWS left this weekend: Sat 8/16 and Sun 8/17 at 2pm. Stage Door Repertory Theatre, 1045 N Armando St. Suite A, Anaheim, CA 92806. Reservations: www.stagedoorrep.org
We had a great time with this show. Sorry if you missed it! The last weekend our playwright, Ben Jolivet, came from Massachusetts to see all 3 shows. Great having him around!
"Jolivet's script has a smart, sassy, hip feel to it" says Eric Marchese, critic, O.C. Register
No good excuses - just that we've been busy! And now we are busy getting ready for our next production, FRAGILE THING CRACKS, by Ben Jolivet, directed by Karen Wray. Excited to be returning to Long Beach Playhouse, rehearsals have begun! Stay tuned for more updates and news about this VERY funny show.