For almost six decades, Theatre Palisades’ productions have delighted locals, bringing high quality live performances of both classic and original plays to audiences of all ages.
Founded by a trio of television writers—Ken Rosen, Sheldon Stark and Jacquie Chester—to produce original plays, Theatre Palisades was created in 1963, holding its earliest performances at the Pacific Palisades Jewish Community Center (now Kelhiath Israel) on Sunset Blvd.
From 1967 to 1975, the membership- and subscriber-driven community theatre produced shows in area venues, including Palisades Park and Rustic Canyon Park, before securing its permanent location in 1975 on land donated by Lelah and J. Townley Pierson.
In November 1988, Theatre Palisades opened Pierson Playhouse, a 125-seat theatre named in honor of the Piersons. Today, the busy theatre produces five major productions with an 18-show run each year, as well as two yearly shows by Theatre Palisades Youth, chamber music concerts, special shows and membership meetings. Theatre Palisades also hosts Palisades Historical Society presentations throughout the year.
Theatre Palisades events are offered at reasonable prices and are well-attended by its supportive subscription base and a faithful audience.
Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” directed by Sabrina Lloyd and produced by Martha Hunter and Sherman Wayne, runs Fridays and Saturdays through February 17. The classic tale of “mistaken identity, gender confusion, a mordant clown, a pompous major domo and whackadoodle relatives” offers entertainment for patrons young and old.
March 29 through May 5 features “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris, a Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” Set in 1959, Act 1 depicts white community leaders attempting to derail the sale of a home to a black family. In Act 2, set in 2009, the now-predominantly African-American neighborhood battles white gentrification.
“Lend Me A Tenor” by Ken Ludwig runs May 31 through July 7. Set in 1934 Cleveland, Ohio, the production stars a world-famous Italian tenor and his jealous wife. Up next from August 30 through October 6, is “Ruthless! The Musical,” with music by Marvin Laird and based on the book and lyrics by Joel Paley. In her quest to play Pippi Longstocking, 8-year-old Tina Denmark will stop at nothing to win the part.
Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” running from November 1 through December 8, ends the 2019 season. Set in post-WWII England, the play begins with news about a murder in London and weaves a mysterious tale sure to enthrall audiences.
Theatre Palisades Youth
The youth theater provides an opportunity for youth in 3rd through 9th grades to participate in a hands-on theater experience with a professional and experienced director and production staff. Producing two shows a year, Theatre Palisades Youth presents “Guys and Dolls Jr.” from February 22-24 and March 1-3.
For tickets and more information, call Theatre Palisades at 310.454.1970 or visit TheatrePalisades.org.
Theatre Palisades is located at 941 Temescal Canyon Road, in Pacific Palisades.