*Pasadena Playhouse (Producing Artistic Director, Danny Feldman) has announced the line-up of performers and tribute speakers for the special event honoring Sheldon Epps, entitled SHELDON AT THE PLAYHOUSE – Celebrating 20 Years of Artistic Excellence, hosted by Wayne Brady.
Mr. Brady starred in Pasadena Playhouse’s production of Kiss Me, Kate directed by Epps. From 1997-2017, Sheldon served as the theater’s Artistic Director and is now the Playhouse’s Artistic Director Emeritus.
Honorary Co-Chairs Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance said:
“It is a very rare thing indeed when the right person appears in the right situation; and when that happens, we celebrate! For those of us who lived through the rebirth of the venerable Pasadena Playhouse, what Sheldon Epps did in shepherding our community through that dark period of the past into the light of the future was nothing short of miraculous. For that, and for many other reasons, we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Sheldon.” Bassett starred with Lawrence Fishburne in Fences, directed by Epps, at Pasadena Playhouse.
With the longest tenure of any artistic director of color at a large regional theatre, Sheldon has brought his individual curation of the art to the stage, discovering stories and artists that have entertained hundreds of thousands of audiences during his 20 years at Pasadena Playhouse.
Through productions such as Fences, A Night with Janis Joplin and Fly, as well as several other productions that have gone on to Broadway, and individual accolades and awards, Epps’ legacy is firmly secured among the great American artistic directors.
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