Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director, Sheldon Epps
Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director, Sheldon Epps
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Pasadena Playhouse has announced five of the six productions that will fill the roster for its upcoming 2013-14 season. One of the season's most anticipated events is the world premiere of Above The Fold, a journalism drama written by reporter Bernard Weinraub, who covered Hollywood news for The New York Times for over 13 years. The play follows an African-American New York reporter named Jane who flies to a southern university to report on a young African-American woman's rape accusation against four white fraternity boys. The production will be directed by Steve Robman (CBS's Ghost Whisperer) and is set to run from January 28-February 23.

Actor French Stewart, best-known for his role as Harry Solomon in the 1990s sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, will also be featured in the 2013-14 season, playing the iconic silent-film comedian Buster Keaton in Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton. Written by Vanessa Claire Stewart and directed by Jaime Robledo, Stoneface will re-create some of Keaton's most memorable performances. The play is scheduled to run from November 1-December 1.

A production of the Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning Smokey Joe's Café will open the season, running from September 18-October 13. With a book by Stephen Helper and Jack Viertel (Time and Again), the musical revue showcases 39 pop standards by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, including "Stand by Me," "Fools Fall in Love" and "Jailhouse Rock."

From December 11-30 Pasadena Playhouse will present a Christmas season attraction entitled Panto at the Playhouse: Aladdin, which the company describes as "an updated version of the classic story, in the style of the traditional British family panto."

Art Manke will then return to Pasadena Playhouse to direct Noël Coward's A Song at Twilight, set to run from March 18-April 13, 2014. Manke returns after directing the Coward comedy Fallen Angels this past season.

The final production slotted for the 2013-14 season is an "Artistic Director's Choice." Though the title is yet to be announced, it is scheduled to run from May 27-June 22, 2014 with Artistic Director Sheldon Epps directing.