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Jason Alexander to Direct Native Gardens at Pasadena Playhouse

The theater's 2018-19 season will also include Ragtime, The Woman in Black, and Nia Vardalos's Tiny Beautiful Things.

Jason Alexander will direct Karen Zacarias's Native Gardens this fall at Pasadena Playhouse.
(© Tricia Baron)

Pasadena Playhouse has announced its 2018-19 season lineup, featuring four mainstage productions.

The season will open with Native Gardens (September 5-30), a new comedy by Karen Zacarias and directed by Jason Alexander. The play tells the story of an attorney on the rise and his very pregnant wife who couldn't feel more welcomed by their new neighbors. But when a friendly disagreement about the lay of the land escalates into a backyard brawl, cultures collide and mudslinging ensues...literally.

Following will be London's hit thriller The Woman in Black (October 17-November 11), based on Susan Hill's 1983 novel, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt, and directed by Robin Herford. The show has enjoyed a 28-year run in London's West End and will be produced at Pasadena Playhouse by PW Productions.

Next will be a production of Ragtime (February 6, 2019-March 3, 2019), directed by David Lee. Featuring a Tony-winning book by Terrence McNally and a Tony-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the musical comes to Pasadena after making its US debut in Los Angeles two decades ago.

The final production announced for the 2018-19 mainstage season is Tiny Beautiful Things, adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos from Cheryl Strayed's book of Dear Sugar letters. Coconceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, and Nia Vardalos, the production will open in spring 2019.

An additional production will join the 2018-19 season in late spring 2019 and will be announced in the coming months.