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Sep. 18, 2018

The winning plays to be read at this year's PANNDORA'S BOX FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS:

ANNA KARENINA ON THE ACELA EXPRESS by Ben Jolivet

A WOLF'S MOTHER by Cary J. Simowitz

GLOVE STORY by Ken Pisani

SHEARWATER by Victor Wishna

THIS HAPPENED ONCE AT THE ROMANCE DEPOT OFF THE I-87 IN WESTCHESTER by Gina Femia

CONGRATULATIONS PLAYWRIGHTS! and thanks to all who submitted!


May. 26, 2018

“Like a flower blooming unexpectedly in the desert, something wonderful is quietly taking place at the Garage Theatre in Long Beach. Panndora Productions is offering the world premiere of Bob Valine’s “Jupiter Moon” (running through Jun. 3) and those who complain about the lack of originality in theatre these days—rightly so for the most part—will not want to miss it.” Jordan R. Young thanks for coming to see our show!


May. 23, 2018

"Bob Valine’s script functions on the emotional level of poetry or music – and gets a bang-up world premiere staging from Panndora Productions. . . . . Director Sonja Berggren and company give Bob Valine’s new play a thoughtful, loving staging that dares us to be judgmental regarding the considerable quirks of three of the story’s four characters, members of a family." Eric Marchese

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May. 1, 2018

JUPITER MOON is our 7th production out of our new works festival. Playwrights! Want your play to get read and maybe even produced? Send us your treasures for consideration for our fall festival, October 19-21, 2018, at the Garage Theatre. We are open for submissions May 1 - July 1, 2018. Scroll down left for more details.


Apr. 10, 2018

We are having so much fun in rehearsals of JUPITER MOON. Can't wait to share this yummy story with you. Get ready for opening night MAY 18! Tickets available here soon.



May. 19, 2017

We're in the paper! Check out Eric Marchese's review in the OC RegisterDirector Derek Long’s casting and staging could hardly be improved upon, delivering straightforward and candid emotions while meshing a standard family drama with tragic historic events.

 


May. 16, 2017

In Kings & Fools is featured in the Press Telegram. Click here for full article.

“This is a play about how our country, our communities, our towns, our families are all better, stronger, the more diverse we are,” says playwright Kevin Daly


Jan. 19, 2017

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.

To read Panndora's complete manifesto, click here.


Sep. 21, 2015

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


Jul. 2, 2015
An abundance of riches! Playwrights submitted 185 plays this year for consideration for the 9th Annual PANNDORA'S BOX NEW WORKS FESTIVAL, October 23-25, 2015 at the GARAGE THEATRE in Long Beach.

Apr. 30, 2015

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


Apr. 15, 2015

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.

http://www.presstelegram.com/arts-and-entertainment/20150415/new-play-tells-story-behind-medusa-in-long-beach


Apr. 13, 2015
Don't wait folks! MEDUSA UNDONE opens April 17 for only 3 weekends and Opening Night is already SOLD OUT! Book now!

Feb. 18, 2015
We are having a blast exploring MEDUSA UNDONE in Sonja's backyard. Everything we need for ATHENA'S TEMPLE is there, including a fountain. Following in the footsteps of DMITRI KRYMOV we are exploring a new kind of rehearsal - movement, improvisation, voice - using the script as a resource for now.

Feb. 16, 2015

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?"


Feb. 1, 2015
We are delighted to announce that we will be returning to THE GARAGE THEATRE for our 9th PANNDORA'S BOX FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS. This year's Festival will be held over the weekend of OCTOBER 23-25, 2015. SUBMISSIONS for PANNDORA'S BOX open MAY 1 through JULY 1, 2015. STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS

Aug. 29, 2014
For the last 3 years, we have produced one of the winning plays, Fragile Thing Cracks by Ben Jolivet this year, Catching the Butcher by Adam Seidel in 2013, both at Long Beach Playhouse, and Hook Ups by Alexandra Petri in 2012, at Theatre Out. We are proud of this record and committed to looking first in Panndora's Box for our productions. No guarantees, but you never know . . . . Our plan is to produce one of this year's fabulous plays sometime in 2015 as soon as we can find a theatre space!

Aug. 12, 2014

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


Jun. 27, 2014
Good news! We are proud to announce that PANNDORA'S BOX 8th Annual Festival of New Works will be held at the GARAGE THEATRE in Long Beach, CA, over the weekend of SEPTEMBER 5-7. Stay tuned for more details. And remember submissions close July 1!

May. 1, 2014
We are open for submissions for our 8th annual new works festival. Playwrights listen up! Check the website and send us your treasures!

Apr. 1, 2014

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


Mar. 3, 2014
We are proud to announce that Jennifer Jones' play, Sunday's Child, is getting a full production at Dark Horse Theatre in Warrenton, VA. Sunday's Child was part of Panndora's Box in 2009. Thrilled it is getting a world premiere! In addition to this good news, Jennifer will be in LA performing her one-woman show, Appearance of Life, at the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival, March 30. Congratulations Jennifer!

Jan. 30, 2014

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.


Sep. 2, 2013
Lucile Lichtblau's beautiful play, "The English Bride," a Panndora's Box winner in 2010, will open at 59East59th Street Theatres in NYC, Theater C, on October 23, and run through November 17, 2013. "The English Bride" won the Susan Glaspell Prize and was produced by Centenary Stage Company, in Hackettstown, NJ in 2012. PANNDORA CONGRATULATES Lucile on this great news!

Sep. 1, 2013
We are proud and happy to announce the winners of PANNDORA'S BOX 7th ANNUAL NEW WORKS FESTIVAL ! Check the list of ten winners and five plays selected to be read at the Festival. JOIN US OCTOBER 11-13, at LoungEx, EXPO Arts Center, Long Beach.


 

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