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French Stewart recreates Buster Keaton in ‘Stoneface’ at Pasadena Playhouse

French Stewart as Buster Keaton.
French Stewart as Buster Keaton.
Jim Cox

French Stewart takes on the persona of silent film great Buster Keaton in “Stoneface” written by Vanessa Claire Stewart (formerly Vanessa Claire Smith) which is currently in previews and opens June 8, 2014 at the Pasadena Playhouse. Jaime Robledo directs with music by Ryan Johnson, choreography by Natasha Norman, stunt choreography by Andrew Amani, and projection design by Ben Rock & Anthony Backman.

Stewart will be joined on stage by Jake Broder, Tegan Ashton Cohan, Conner Duffy, Joe Fria, Scott Leggett, Guy Picot, Rena Strober and Pat Towne with Tony Award-winner Daisy Eagan as “Mae.”

“Chronicled through the lens of his own silent films, “Stoneface” recreates some of Buster Keaton’s most memorable gags live on stage, capturing the legend of a bygone era and telling the tale of the redemption of one of Hollywood’s greatest performers.”

For the past 30 years, Stewart has been a proud participant in L.A. theater both as a member of Justin Tanner’s legendary Cast Theatre, as well as a current member of The Sacred Fools. Recent stage credits include: “Mathew Modine Saves The Alpacas” (Geffen Playhouse), “Watson” (Sacred Fools Theater Company) and “Voice Lessons” (with Laurie Metcalf) Off Broadway at Theatre Row. French is best known for his work on the classic T.V. series “Third Rock From The Sun.” He has also appeared on “Seinfeld,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Just Shoot Me,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “News Radio.” Recent credits include “Community,” “Psych,” “Bones,” “The Closer,” “Castle,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Private Practice,” “The Birthday Boys,” “Comedy Bang Bang,” a recurring role on “The Middle” and Chuck Lorre’s new hit comedy “Mom.” Film credits include: “Stargate,”” Leaving Las Vegas,” “Surveillance,” “The Flock” and cult favorite “Love Stinks.”

Vanessa Claire Stewart also penned the multiple award-winning “Louis and Keely Live at the Sahara” which had a record-breaking run at the Geffen Playhouse in 2009 after originating at Sacred Fools Theatre Company.

“Stoneface” performs through June 29. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets, priced from $34 to $74, plus premium, are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. For more information, visit

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