The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Stephen Eich, Executive Director), in association with Glynis Henderson and Jonathan Reinis, announced today that ENNIO, featuring Ennio Marchetto - “ The Living Paper Cartoon, will play an exclusive, one week only, limited engagment from August 23 - 28, 2011, at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino).
"I had the extreme pleasure of producing ENNIO some years ago in Los Angeles," stated Executive Director Stephen Eich. "He is an extraordinary talent and the audiences of Los Angeles will once again get to enjoy his unique and wonderful style of performance in this brand new variation of the production for The Playhouse's exclusive engagement. This is a perfect event for the entire family - economically priced and with curtain times that allow younger audiences the opportunity to join their parents. We are certain that ENNIO will be this summer's theatrical treat in L.A."
"We are thrilled that ENNIO will perform in Pasadena this summer," said producer Glynis Henderson. "The show has delighted audiences in over 70 countries worldwide and we are sure that Pasadena will embrace ENNIO and all of his 50 wonderful characters who will join him onstage including Lady Gaga, Elvis, Adele, Dolly Parton, Eminem, Beyonce and Fred Astaire!"
No celebrity or public figure is safe from the hilarious and theatrically magical imagination of ENNIO! Ennio Marchetto is the original transformation artist, revolutionizing the art of origami into a performance that is nothing short of comic genius. Marchetto uses his dynamic physical comedy and ingenious paper costumes to magically morph into parodies of over 50 favorite superstars and personalities.
Born the son of an espresso machine repair engineer in Venice, Italy, Ennio was inspired by the Disney cartoons he watched avidly as a child, the modern choreography of Pina Bausch and the opulence of the Venetian Carnivale. The daydreams of his youth evolved into him creating extravagant costumes and masks for the re-emerging Carnivale in the 1980s leading to his first cabaret show, which earned him the prestigious Golden Lion Award at the Venetian Entertainment Festival and The Golden Mosquito award for comedy. Upon meeting his collaborative partner, Sosthen Hennekam, a fashion and costume designer, they developed enough paper characters to create a full one-hour show.
Following an invitation to perform at The Edinburgh Festival by producer Glynis Henderson, ENNIO quickly became a cult hit and achieved massive critical acclaim. Having now performed in over 70 countries around the world, ENNIO's side-splitting performances have crossed all cultural boundaries to entertain everyone from royals and celebrities to his massive international fan base.
ENNIO stars Ennio Marchetto, from an original concept by Ennio Marchetto. Design and direction is by Ennio Marchetto and Sosthen Hennekam. Lighting and sound design is by Sosthen Hennekam.ENNIO will play at The Pasadena Playhouse from August 23 - 28, 2011. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. All tickets for the Tuesday, August 23rd, performance are $15.00. Regular ticket price range is from $15.00 - $29.00, with Premium Seating available for $100.00. Rush tickets are available for $20.00 one hour prior to the performance time and are subject to availability. Rush tickets must be purchased at The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office. Tickets are available by calling the Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Monday from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and Tuesday - Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates and Tuesday- Sunday from 12:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. on performance dates. The box office is closed on holidays. Tickets are available 24 hours online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161. For additional information visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.