(L-R) Taraji P. Henson, Seamus Mulcahy, Joe Massingill and Kristopher Higgins in "Above the Fold" at the Pasadena Playhouse. (Jim Cox)
The Pasadena Playhouse presented the world premiere of their fourth production of the 2013-2014 season titled “Above the Fold” on February 5.
The play, which was written by Bernard Winraub and directed by Steven Robman, runs through February 23.
“Above the Fold” stars Academy Award and Emmy nominee Taraji P. Henson as Jane, known for her roles in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, No Good Deed, and most recently in CBS’s “Person of Interest.”
Joining her onstage are Kristy Johnson in the role of Monique, Ayre Gross as Marvin, Kristopher Higgins as Victor, Mark Hildreth as Lorne, Joe Massingill as Bobby, and Seamus Mulcahy as Eric.
Above the Fold is centered around Jane, a newspaper reporter from New York, who travels to the South to cover the story of a young black woman who was allegedly raped by three white fraternity boys. The play addresses ethical issues such as the exploitation of tragedy and the dangers of blind ambition at the expense of truth, all within the backdrop of journalism’s shift from print to digital media.
Here are 3 reason why you should see “Above the Fold” before its run comes to an end.
Taraji P. Henson
Her performance in the play is beyond flawless. As soon as she enters the stage, Henson takes control of the scenes, audience and atmosphere within the venue. She is remarkable in everything she does and says from beginning to end. If this were a movie, she’d definitely be nominated for all the Best Actress awards available.
No one else has seen this piece. The production premiered in Pasadena…that there makes it very special since the public of Los Angeles has “dibs” to see it first. As of now, there has not been any indication that the show will go national or abroad. And even if it does, chances are that Henson and the rest of the cast won’t be available to tour with it. This is your chance to see it.
The Pasadena Playhouse’s origins date back to 1917, when an acting Troup called the Gilmor Brown Players settled in Pasadena. By 1924, the townspeople had become so enamored with their shows that they founded the troupe’s move from the old burlesque house to the newly constructed Pasadena Playhouse. They were the first to produce the entire canon of Shakespeare, and since then the Playhouse has grown, helping to produce such talent as Gene Hackman, Sally Struthers and Dustin Hoffman. In brief, this venue is historic and it sports a classy history of fine actors that have stepped foot in it. On top of that, the Pasadena Playhouse is a resplendently well-built establishment, both inside and out. See for yourself!
Edison Millan contributed to this story.