To kick off the new year, I had the pleasure of spending three days in rehearsal with playwright Ellen Simon and an extraordinary cast led by Marsha Mason and Mary Steenburgen for the Pasadena Playhouse Hothouse reading of "Aunt Stossie's Coming for Five Days.

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Friday, January 4, 2013; 09:01 PM – by
The Pasadena Playhouse has announced the cast for the second presentation of its 2012 – 2013 HOTHOUSE at The Playhouse series, Aunt Stossie’s Coming for Five Days. Written by Ellen Simon and directed by Dámaso Rodriguez (former Associate Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse, Co-Founder of the Furious Theatre and incoming Artistic Director for the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland), the staged reading will star Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl, “The Middle”) in the title role, Mary Steenburgen (“30 Rock,” “Bored to Death,” The Proposal) and Kirsten Vangsness (“Criminal Minds”) and will perform January 8 and 9, 2013, in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse.

“I love Ellen’s heartfelt, refreshingly honest, and very funny new play, said director Dámaso Rodriguez. “I’m particularly happy to be returning to The Playhouse‘s HOTHOUSE development process, which I consider to be one of the best ways to nurture a new work for the theatre.”

“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to be returning to HOTHOUSE, particularly with this exquisite cast and director,” stated playwright Ellen Simon. “My previous experience at HOTHOUSE with my play, ASS, generated much enthusiasm and helped me deepen and refocus the script. Counting the days now until our presentation of Aunt Stossie’s Coming for Five Days.”

Aunt Stossie’s Coming for Five Days is a comedic drama about what happens when the uninvited enters your life. Set in a Central California beach town, three generations of women and two surfer boys navigate the entanglements of sex, health and family after a tsunami warning sign goes up in their neighborhood.

The cast for Aunt Stossie’s Coming for Five Days features:

Marsha Mason as “Aunt Stossie”
Mary Steenburgen as “Aunt Mead”
• Kirsten Vangsness as “Kelly”
Liza de Weerd as “Jill”
• Beth Triffon as “Alice”
• Kim Dalton as “Bryanna”
• Grant Jordan as “Ryan”
• Lucas Durham as “Sean”
• Taylor Emerson (stage directions)