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Angela Bassett Heading Back To Theater To Star As Conflicted Pastor

When was the last time, Angela Bassett was on stage? Well, according to the Internet Broadway Database (, the last time she was on Broadway was in 1988, when she performed in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. However, the last time she was on ANY stage was at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006, where she starred alongside Laurence Fishburne in another August Wilson play, maybe he’s most popular, Fences (most recently Denzel Washington & Viola Davis performed the play on Broadway, with both winning Tony awards for their work).

Ms Bassett who actually got her start in theater, is returning to the stage to star in a production titled Pastoral, by Frank Tangredi, in which she’ll play a conflicted pastor named Emily.

Described as a drama, according to Playbill, “Pastor Emily has a dark secret, hidden from even her own son. When a terrible crisis ensues, she must set her pain aside and look within to discover the true capacity of her forgiveness.

This will be the very first time the play is performed – a world premiere. It’ll be housed at the Pasadena Playhouse’s during its 2011-12, season.

Performances will begin November 2011.

Further cast and crew will be announced later

1 comment to Angela Bassett Heading Back To Theater To Star As Conflicted Pastor

  • Dr. Boogie

    From LA Stage Times: “In Frank Tangredi’s world premiere play, Pastor Brendel’s path begins to get cloudy when a dark figure from her past resurfaces with the most unexpected and desperate of requests. Torn between her heart and her calling, the pastor must put three souls on the line and make the most difficult decision of her life.”

    Sooooo this won’t be a gospel stage play…..Exhale…(LOL)