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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


May. 1, 2017

We are open for submissions to the 11th annual PANNDORA's BOX Festival of New Works. Playwrights! Send us your treasures for consideration for our fall festival, October 20-22, 2017 at the Garage Theatre. Scroll down left for more.


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. 6, 2016

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!


Jun. 12, 2016

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!


Apr. 21, 2016

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.

 

Traci Godfrey

New York City

2016


Apr. 14, 2016

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


Apr. 14, 2016

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


Apr. 8, 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! 

http://www.presstelegram.com/arts-and-entertainment/20160408/new-play-sweet-texas-reckoning-explores-race-and-religion#disqus_thread


Mar. 18, 2016

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!

Opening Night/Closing Matinee:
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Rest of the run:
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Nov. 8, 2015

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

https://www.facebook.com/TheOtherWomanPlay/


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



 

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