Parson's Nose Theater's The Barber of Seville
"Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais was a true Renaissance scoundrel of 18th Century Paris," explains Artistic Director, Lance Davis. "A wizard clockmaker and spy for Louis XV and XVI, a gunrunner to America, an incurable philanderer and a comic playwright. The Barber of Seville was the first of his trilogy that inspired Mozart and Rossini for their comic operas. The plot stolen from Moliere and the Italians: a passionate young Count desires an innocent girl who's jealously secluded by her lascivious old guardian for his own marital intentions.
"I'm afraid my wife married a Francophile. We celebrated our anniversary in September by staying at the Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais in his old neighborhood, the Marais of Paris. The rooms are tiny, but furnished in delightful 18th Century touches. And while sitting on the balcony, adapting his text, I could feel his gaze on my shoulder.
"Disguise, improvisation, and the first appearance of the fearless servant, Figaro, with a shot of Fragonard for good measure. Join us and get to know this French maestro."
Parson's Nose Theater's 2014-15 Season continues with The Barber of Seville by Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais, January 17th at 7pm and January 18th at 3pm.
Parson's Nose Theater performs at Lineage Performing Arts Center located at 89 South Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91105
Parson's Nose Theater presents The Barber of Seville as part of their Readers' Theater Series. Readers' Theater Series productions are rehearsed staged readings, omitting props and set pieces, to carry the audience through story by means of language and acting. All performances are "Pay What You Will" and reservations may be made online at www.parsonsnose.com or by calling 626-403-7667. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but advanced phone reservations are encouraged. Ages 11+.