‘Baron Garbis’ to Play Extended Run in Pasadena

Pasadena will be riveted by the universal story of family love, loyalty and honor as Vah? Berberian announces plans to extend his play Baron Garbis by popular demand at AGBU Theatre in Pasadena, California.
After a brief one-week hiatus, and a nine-week run of sold out shows at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, Baron Garbis will have a limited eight performance run on Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm beginning March 29 and running trough April 20 at the AGBU Theatre in Pasadena.
Audiences warm embrace of Baron Garbis has prompted the extension of the three-character play that is written and directed by Vah?. Audience member Kevork Manoyan speaks of the play’s appeal. "From tableau to tableau, Baron Garbis drips candor that hits you just like a father’s slap."
Performed in Armenian, Baron Garbis is about a man who is transplanted from Bourdj Hammoud–the core of his existence–to an armchair in North Hollywood. There he wages war to defend the memories that have become his reality. A turbulent Baron Garbis conducts a passionate battle to defend his beliefs, actions, fears and ultimately his future, as layers of family history buried in secrecy are peeled.
"Every home has a Baron Garbis, or a Digin Garbis. It’s incredible how people have recognized and identified with them," says another fan Shahe Boyadjian.
Chris Bedian, who plays the gran’son Khajag explains the play’s universal, almost mesmerizing, attraction. "What has made the biggest impression on me is hearing the audience on stage, almost participating. The play is so powerful and accessible that I believe it blurs the lines of reality not only for me as an actor, but also for the audience."
The production is a collaboration between good friends, most of whom have been working together for over two decades. "We went into this deciding that the idea behind it is to get back together and enjoy the entire process. In other words, "the journey is the destination," Vah? says, describing the audience’s response as an "invaluable bonus."
Two alternating casts perform the story of Baron Garbis, revealed as three generations–Baron Garbis, his son Jirair and gran’son Khajag–with vastly different pasts, upbringings, morals and values clash.
The cast includes Ara Baghdoyan and Maurice Kouyoumjian as Baron Garbis; Sako Berberian and Ara Madzounian as Jirair; Chris Bedian and Roupen Karakouzian as Khajag. The play is produced by Hrair S. Sarkissian.
While Baron Garbis originally ran four times a week, it will be performed only twice a week at its new venue. The limited performance will run March 29 to April 20, 2008, every Saturday at 8pm and every Sunday at 3pm at AGBU Theatre, 2495 East Mountain Street (cross street is Altadena Drive), Pasadena, CA
For tickets and information call 818-397-7392 or visit www.BaronGarbis.com.

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