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Kiss Me Kate @ Pasadena Playhouse
October 11, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
KISS ME, KATE
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
Directed by Sheldon Epps
KISS ME, KATE represents the legendary Cole Porter at his very best. It is without a doubt one of the great classics of the American musical theatre, celebrating Shakespeare and the joys, madness, and the rewards of working in the theatre— – both onstage and off. The Pasadena Playhouse production will view the work through a new lens, – using the wonderful material of this celebrated production to showcase the trailblazing African- American touring troupes of the early 20th century. Those “groups of traveling players” that brought the work of the Bard not just to New York City, but to theatres all over the country. Many of the most famous actors of our time owe much to those pioneers, who included such as Hattie McDaniel, Paul Robeson, Earle Hyman, Jane White, and Dorothy Van Eangle. Those brave actors such as those brought literal “color” to great classical roles, opened doors for others, and represent the high style and theatricality that have always been embodied in Porter’s masterpiece.