A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, rolls out the red carpet for the community at large when it hosts a free interactive Open House to introduce the general public to its unique artistry and dazzling permanent new home, a 33,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art venue in Pasadena, on Sunday, October 23, 2011, 1 to 4 pm.
“This is the first public event of any kind in our new home,” say ANW Founders/Artistic Directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott. “We have had amazing support from the community for A Noise Within’s new theater, and we’re delighted to open our doors so our friends and neighbors from across the Southland can see this incredible new home for the classics and learn more about our work.”
The Open House, which helps kick off A Noise Within’s milestone 2011-12 Season and 20th Anniversary, features tours of the facility, readings and presentations by the company’s resident artists spotlighting the classical masterworks being performed during the season, activities for youngsters and much more. The event reflects ANW’s commitment to bringing the classics to the broadest possible audience and to expanding the deep community roots sown during its 19 years in Glendale.
The new theatre, the result of a $13.5 million capital campaign, features substantially more space than the company’s Glendale venue, allowing A Noise Within to meet demand for tickets by allowing annual audience capacity to increase from 25,000 to 50,000 people. The company’s highly regarded education program will be able to double to 20,000 the number of students served each year. Together, this allows A Noise Within to expand its role as a leader in the presentation and preservation of classical theatre.
The venue is located in the former Stuart Pharmaceutical building, a historic, mid-century modern masterpiece designed by celebrated architect Edward Durell Stone, known for landmark buildings around the country including the JohnF.KennedyCenterfor the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Constructed in the mid-1950s, the Stuart Pharmaceutical building was listed on the National Register in 1998 and features a striking landscape garden designed by Thomas Church. The completely new three-story theatre – which retains the building’s original façade — features support facilities, offices, rehearsal space, a classroom, considerable storage for costumes, props and scenery and large restrooms. There is plentiful, convenient, free parking in the adjacent Gold Line’s Sierra Madre Villa Metro parking structure.
A Noise Within (ANW) is the only year-round classical repertory company in Southern California and one of only a handful in the entire country dedicated solely to producing classical dramatic literature in the repertory tradition of rotating productions with a resident company of professional artists.
ANW is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. Free self parking is located in the Sierra Madre Villa Metro parking structure. The Open House is free, but reservations are required and may be made by calling (626) 356-3127. For more information visit www.ANoiseWithin.org.
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