Red Hen Press partners with Boston Court Performing Arts Center, a venue dedicated to presenting works that are creative, bold, and daring. It strives to challenge the audiences of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley with diverse programs in an intimate setting. Past readers include Yusef Komunyakaa, recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, B.H. Fairchild, who has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, the William Carlos Williams Award, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the PEN Center USA West Poetry Award, Nikky Finney, recipient of a PEN America Open Book Award and the Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry, and Garrett Hongo, whose The River of Heaven (Knopf, 1988) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and whose honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation
The Theatre @ Boston Court’s new play festival presents plays that are in keeping with Boston Court’s mission, which urges artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on nurturing playwrights and new play development, which are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting.
This year’s festival includes Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles by Luis Alfaro, Mad Beat Hip & Gone by Steven Dietz, Hillary and Clinton By Lucas Hnath, In a Word by Lauren Yee, Your Name Will Follow You Home by Carlos Murillo
Lewis Carroll kept a detailed journal of his life, including his close friendship with Alice Liddell, the 11-year-old muse who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Upon Carroll's death it was discovered that several pages of his otherwise immaculate journal had been torn out. This play takes us down the rabbit hole to explore what might have been on these missing pages.
How many famous cellists can you fit onto Boston Court's Branson stage? Find out at our season opener celebrating the wide range of repertoire for multiple celli, voice, and piano.
A perfect Valentine evening of romantic love songs featuring America's favorite singing sweethearts with Michele Brourman.
A brilliant multimedia montage and homage to music on film featuring the scores of John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, Randy Newman, and others with a CD release event to follow.
A special concert created to honor the music of Franz Schubert as part of the annual Pasadena Schubertiade, now in its 4th year.
The brilliantly eccentric diva from Pink Martini returns to Boston Court in a new show where she is "sensational in an experiment of dipping country innocence serially into urban decadence." -NY Times
The renwned jazz chanteuse Andrea Baker brings the Pasadena City College Big Band sound to Boston Court with a melodious survey of favorite hit tunes of the Jazz era.
A semi-staged tour de force for string quartet and clarinet that dazzles the ear with melodies from Jewish folk to tango.
Celebrated as one of the best drummers in the world, Joe and his world famous trio present a program in tribute to the late, great Bill Evans.
What happens when something deeply wild ventures onto your doorstep? Two reclusive apartment dwellers’ unfulfilled lives take a turn for the bizarre when a starving coyote begins to frequent their fire escape. This brush with wildlife incites them to embrace their animal instincts as they bond with their untamed visitor. What do we do when nature returns to claim the turf we usurped?
This post-Colonial fantasy loosely based on Shiva, the Hindu destroyer god, explores a vividly rendered relationship between a girl becoming a young American woman and the South Asian poet father who inspires and eventually disappoints her. By turns poetic, metaphysical, and richly human, the play paints a compelling portrait of how challenging it is to be an immigrant in a new country where all the rules are different.
Luis Alfaro, author of the explosive Oedipus el Rey, continues his brilliant reexamination of the Greek classics through a modern lens: Mojada is a breathtaking reimagining of Euripides’ Medea transported to East Los Angeles. Medea, a Mexican seamstress with extraordinary skill, is running from a past filled with betrayals. With husband Jason and their son in tow, old and new worlds collide in the City of the Angels. Tickets available beginning July 1 at Getty.edu.
A fable of revenge and redemption, the people of a Latin American village are reeling from the impact of a devastating civil war when a mysterious plague begins to ravage their children. An embittered doctor discovers that he could be their savior, but he must wrestle with his own soul to discover whether he wants to offer compassion or retribution.