Marsha Mason, Mary Steenburgen Set for Pasadena Playhouse

The actresses will read Ellen Simon's "Aunt Stossie's Coming for Five Days" during HOTHOUSE at the Playhouse next week

Marsha Mason ("The Middle"), Mary Steenburgen ("30 Rock") and Kristen Vangsness ("Criminal Minds") are headlining the Pasadena Playhouse's second presentation of its 2012-2013 staged reading series, Hothouse at the Playhouse, on Jan. 8 and 9. 

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Mason (left) will play the titular role in Ellen Simon's "Aunt Stossie's Coming for Five Days," a comedic drama about what happens when the uninvited enters your life. 

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Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez, the play is 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 goes up in their neighborhood.

"I love Ellen's heartfelt, refreshingly honest, and very funny new play," Rodriguez said in a statement.  “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,” Simon said.  “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.'"