Levon Shant Theater Company Presents Saroyan Play

The Levon Shant theater company which is formed by the Hamazkayin Pasadena Chapter–will present William Saroyan’s "My Heart’s in the Highlands," directed by Sako Dadoyan–on September 13–14–19 and 20–at the Glendale Community College Auditorium.

From 1986 to 1992–prior to the theater company’s creation–the executive committee of the Hamazkayin Pasadena Chapter has organized and produced many cultural events in Pasadena as well as in Sierra Madre–Glendale and Hollywood. Those events have consisted of musical concerts–dances–poetry reading sessions–picnics–dance recitals and a half dozen memorable plays.

In 1992–the Levon Shant Theater Company was formed by a small group of elite people with great dedication and spirit. Since then–five productions have been staged. They were Levon Shant’s "The Egocentric," Anton Chekhov’s "The Bear" and "The Proposal," Ann Cheboukjian’s "Why Not an Armenian?" and Roger Ferdinand’s "Three Sons One Daughter."

This year’s production is unique because it is the company’s first performance in English. Dadoyan and the committee unanimously chose this piece because although its message of "returning back to the source" is universal–its soul is at the heart of Armenia’s everywhere.

Dadoyan was born in Lebanon. After graduating from Nishan Palanjian College–he moved to Paris where he studied cinema and theater at the University of Paris. After moving to Los Angeles–he joined the "Ardavazt" theater group while performing his craft both as an actor and a director. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the Armenian American International College at the University of La Verne. He has performed with many musical and theatrical companies as a singer–actor and director.

"My Heart’s in the Highlands" cast consists of Sako Dadoyan–Krikor Alajajian–Armen Babasoloukian–Shant Dabbaghian–Jacques Armoudikian–Koko Jeghelian–Mary Basmajian–Tamar Ohanian–Tamar Zatlian–Luke Ourfali–Vatche Akaragian–Dan Alemshah–Aram Hevoyan–Liza Donoyan and many others.

The performances will be held on September 13 (gala)–14–19 and 20 at the Gleddale Community College Auditorium–1500 N. Verdugo Road–in Glendale. For ticket information call the Hamazkayin Pasadena Chapter at (818) 791-7900.

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