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Furious Theatre Co., in residence at Pasadena Playhouse, announces a trio of daring premiere plays

The headstrong Furious Theatre Company is set to launch their seventh season of shows, which features the works of three young and daring award-winning playwrights and marks their sixth year in residence at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at Pasadena Playhouse. Additionally, Playhouse Artistic Associate Alexis Chamow directs Men of Tortuga, the first show of the 2010 Furious season.

Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps believes the Playhouse’s partnership with Furious has greatly benefited both organizations. “One of the most exciting developments of my time here at the Playhouse has been our collaboration with Furious Theatre,” Epps said. "This is a partnership that has grown stronger and stronger over the past five years, with mutual benefits that I know will bring even greater rewards as we head towards a decade of theatrical marriage. Along with Hothouse at the Playhouse, the Furious Company has filled the Carrie Hamilton Theatre with provocative new plays, bold theatrical energy, and a valuable introduction to a vast array of both new artists and new audiences. I am hard pressed to think of any alliance in the American Theatre that has had more beneficial results on all sides.”

Here is the Furious Theatre Company season lineup for 2010:

Men of Tortuga by Jason Wells, opening Feb. 20 and running thru Mar. 21 (previews Feb. 17-19). West coast premiere
Three power brokers scheme with a weapons specialist to assassinate a despised opponent. Too bad they’re all such incompetents! The bungling only gets worse as the senior power broker takes a young idealist under his wing. Suddenly his long-dormant conscience begins to reawaken and he must decide whether the ends justify their means. This comedic thriller discloses a sharp parable that takes a crack at the nastiness of covert governmental and corporate operations.

boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, slated for a May/June run. Los Angeles premiere
A comedy both epic and intimate that spans billions of years. It begins as a grad student’s online personal ad lures a mysterious journalism student to his subterranean research lab under the pretense of an evening of “no strings attached” sex. When a major global catastrophic event strikes the planet, their date takes on evolutionary significance and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

NOgoodDEED by Matt Pelfrey, Fall 2010. World premiere
Furious Theatre’s award-winning writer-in-residence, Matt Pelfrey, exposes the dark side of good deeds in this skillfully drawn, violently dark comedy about young Josh Jaxson, who is driven to ruin by his own act of bravery. Josh and his two fellow “heroes” unite in the afterlife and vow to undo their courageous feats by adopting superhero personas and an unconventional brand of time travel. NOgoodDEED is a savagely humorous ride that is part play, part graphic novel, and part something utterly new and extreme.

Men of Tortuga and boom will premiere at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at Pasadena Playhouse while NOgoodDEED will receive its world premiere at another, yet to be announced location.

For More Information: Seventh season of shows for Furious Theatre Company, in residence at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Men of Tortuga by Jason Wells, opens Feb. 20 and runs thru Mar. 21 (previews Feb. 17-19); boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, May/June 2010; NOgoodDEED by Matt Pelfrey, Fall 2010. Season tickets: $75. Men of Tortuga tickets: $32 general admission, $10 student rush. Previews $15. Performances: Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 7:30pm. Reservations: 626/792-7116 or www.furioustheatre.org. Running times: unknown.

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