Thursday, March 14, 2013

Little Candle presents 'The Innocence of Father Brown' in South Pasadena March 30

WHAT: “The Innocence of Father Brown.” World Premiere engagement of a new play.

WHO: Adapted by Patrick Rieger. Based on stories by G.K. Chesterton. Directed and produced by Allison Darby Gorjian and Betsy Roth. Presented by Little Candle Productions. A guest production at Fremont Centre Theatre.

WHERE: Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave. (at El Centro), South Pasadena, CA 91030. Free parking behind theatre.

WHEN: Opens Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday, April 28. Show times: Thurs. at 7:30, Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:00.

ADMISSION: $25. Students and seniors $20. Group rates available. Except Opening Night Gala on March 30, when all seats will be $34 (includes reception).

RESERVATIONS: (866) 811-4111.


  From the city of London have emerged two of the greatest detectives the world has ever known. One of them is Sherlock Holmes, a man of science. This play is not about him.

            The other crime solver is Father Brown, a man of God. No less a master of deductive reasoning than Holmes, Brown is informed by his spiritual vocation in matters of the human heart, mind and motivation. It is an invaluable resource.

            Father Brown is called upon to match wits with a master thief and not one but several diabolical murderers. The London police are baffled. Fortunately, because they have Father Brown on their side, they can do more than pray for a good outcome. But, considering Father Brown is a priest, they can do that, too. Additionally, Father Brown is called upon to assist two young lovers in trouble.

            With a probing mind and uncanny powers of observation, Father Brown is able to solve the most vicious of crimes, while yet retaining a belief in the power of goodness and the possibility of redemption.

            Several associated special events take place during the engagement:
            Friday, March 29: A free preview for high school students with I.D. Closed to the general public. Tickets are available online.
            Saturday, March 30: Opening Night Gala. Champagne and dessert reception. Live music by Jenny Swope after the show.
            Thursday, April 4: Book Club Night, talkback after the show with playwright Patrick Rieger and director/producers Allison Darby Gorjian and Betsy Roth.
            Saturday, April 6 : After-show party with live music by My Poor Joy..
            Saturday, April 13: After-show party with live music by Jill Weiser.
            Thursday, April 25: Theology Night. Talkback after the show with Dr. Greg Waybright, Senior Pastor of Lake Avenue Church, about the theology of G.K. Chesterton.
            Saturday, April 27: After-show party with live music by guitarist  Karl Kerfoot of Lord Huron.

            Little Candle Productions is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

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