A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theater company led by Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, continues its 22nd season and the third season in its new Pasadena home with “The Guardsman” by Ferenc Molnár, translated by Frank Marcus, opening Saturday, October 5 and closing Sunday, November 30, 2013. Michael Michetti directs the production.
“The Guardsman” plays in repertory with William Shakespeare’s “Pericles,Prince of Tyre,” September 14 to November 24, and “Endgame” by Samuel Beckett, October 26 to November 23. ANW’s Resident Artist Reading Series also presents “Liliom” by Ferenc Molnár, directed by Apollo Dukakis, on Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m.
Set in pre-World War I Budapest, “The Guardsman” follows Nandor, a Hungarian stage star, who is terrified his recent marriage is already on the rocks. He concocts a scheme meant to invigorate the passions of his starlet wife, Ilona, but his absurd plan unleashes a series of unintended consequences in this comic game of love and marriage.
Michetti said of the piece, "Audiences will enjoy ‘The Guardsman’ for it's comedic, Feydeau-like farce and its witty Noel Coward-esque banter; after all, it was the vehicle that launched the Broadway career of the Lunts, Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne, still revered as one of the leading couples of the American theater."
The cast includes Freddy Douglas as the Actor/Nandor, Elyse Mirto as the Actress/Ilona, Robertson Dean as the Critic, Wendy Worthington as Mother, Sasha Pasternak as the Maid, Todd Andrew Ball as the Creditor, and Julie Durning as the Female Usher.
Molnár was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1878. A versatile dramatist known for romantic fantasy as much as for high comedy, Molnár came to the attention of American playgoers when his play “The Devil” (1908) opened at two Broadway theatres on the same night. Unlike other foreign dramatists, he was exceptionally fortunate in the excellent translations and mountings given his plays in America.
His play “Liliom” (1909) later served as the basis for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel,” and Eva LaGallienne headed the Theatre Guild’s production of the play in 1921. He spent the final years of his life in the U.S. having fled the Nazi regime in Europe. He wrote screenplays and was famed as a wit.
Single ticket prices for “The Guardsman” start at $34. Contact the A Noise Within box office in person, via phone at 626-356-3100, or online at www.ANoiseWithin.org for updated pricing and seat availability. “Pay What You Can” tickets are available for Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in person, at the Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. Cash only. Subject to availability.
ANW’s Resident Artist Reading Series also presents Liliom by Ferenc Molnár, directed by Apollo Dukakis, on Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 626-356-3100 extension 1 to RSVP.
A Noise Within is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena.