Sep. 23, 2020

We are thrilled to be bringing these readings to our audiences for free! If you would like to support Panndora's work with playwrights by donating, any amount would be welcome.

Sep. 22, 2020

The links on this page will take you to Eventbrite where you can reserve a spot for free. If you have any problems or questions, consult our box office guru, Karen Wray at [email protected]

Jun. 18, 2020

What strange and intriguing times we live in. We hope for lasting change this time around and a growth of compassion and deep understanding. This will be a commitment for all of us, especially for those of us with paler skins. We come with humbled open hearts, and we are paying attention.

Jun. 1, 2020

Quarantine didn't slow down PANNDORA'S BOX 14th Annual New Works Festival! We received 237 submissions this year, our highest so far! We are now reading these wonderful plays and will choose 5 to be parrt of this year's Festival and 5 for Honorable Mention.

Dec. 27, 2019

We are delighted to announce our Spring production for 2020. Straight out of PANNDORA'S BOX Lucky 13th Festival, we are proud to produce IN MY BONES by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield. Coming to the GARAGE THEATRE May 2020. Stay tuned for details!

Oct. 8, 2019

Playwright Cary Simowitz and Director Sonja Berggren celebrating opening night!

Oct. 2, 2019

What if Kathleen let her son Charlie Manson in?  Come on down to the Garage Theatre and check out one possible story. (Joshua Evans, Karen Wray)

Sep. 9, 2019


Joshua Evans, Caitlin Lowerre,
Olive Freese, Karen Wray, Pete Taylor, Lulu Freese

Sep. 7, 2019


Sep. 7, 2019

EAST ROCK by Kevin Daly
GOD, WAVING by Linda Whitmore
IN MY BONES by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield


Sep. 7, 2019

We got lucky this year and we're returning to the GARAGE THEATRE in the month of October with another brand new play out of last year's 12th PANNDORA'S BOX FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS. "A WOLF'S MOTHER" by Cary Simowitz tells the story of Charles Manson's mother in an afternoon visit from her son. You won't want to miss this one! OCTOBER 5 - 20. TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON.

Jul. 2, 2019
For those who submitted this year and in years past, we are in awe of your talent and respect the gifts you share with us. Thank you for submitting and sharing in the fun!
with love and admiration from all of us at PANNDORA PRODUCTIONS 


May. 26, 2018

“Like a flower blooming unexpectedly in the desert, something wonderful is quietly taking place at the Garage Theatre in Long Beach. Panndora Productions is offering the world premiere of Bob Valine’s “Jupiter Moon” (running through Jun. 3) and those who complain about the lack of originality in theatre these days—rightly so for the most part—will not want to miss it.” Jordan R. Young thanks for coming to see our show!

May. 23, 2018

"Bob Valine’s script functions on the emotional level of poetry or music – and gets a bang-up world premiere staging from Panndora Productions. . . . . Director Sonja Berggren and company give Bob Valine’s new play a thoughtful, loving staging that dares us to be judgmental regarding the considerable quirks of three of the story’s four characters, members of a family." Eric Marchese

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May. 1, 2018

JUPITER MOON is our 7th production out of our new works festival. Playwrights! Want your play to get read and maybe even produced? Send us your treasures for consideration for our fall festival, October 19-21, 2018, at the Garage Theatre. We are open for submissions May 1 - July 1, 2018. Scroll down left for more details.

Apr. 10, 2018

We are having so much fun in rehearsals of JUPITER MOON. Can't wait to share this yummy story with you. Get ready for opening night MAY 18! Tickets available here soon.

May. 19, 2017

We're in the paper! Check out Eric Marchese's review in the OC RegisterDirector Derek Long’s casting and staging could hardly be improved upon, delivering straightforward and candid emotions while meshing a standard family drama with tragic historic events.


May. 16, 2017

In Kings & Fools is featured in the Press Telegram. Click here for full article.

“This is a play about how our country, our communities, our towns, our families are all better, stronger, the more diverse we are,” says playwright Kevin Daly

Jan. 19, 2017

On January 19, 2017 at 5:30pm, Panndora Productions and the Garage Theatre gathered in a collective, simultaneous action, creating "light" for challenging times ahead. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater, we pledged to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone--regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

January 19th was a moment of gathering within a larger resistance to intolerance at all levels. We aim to create brave spaces that will serve as lights in the coming years. We aim to activate a network of people across the country working to support vulnerable communities. We pledge continued vigilance and increased advocacy.

To read Panndora's complete manifesto, click here.

Sep. 21, 2015

DOMESTIC ANIMALS by Jennifer Faletto

SPIRALLING by Judith Pratt




Jul. 2, 2015
An abundance of riches! Playwrights submitted 185 plays this year for consideration for the 9th Annual PANNDORA'S BOX NEW WORKS FESTIVAL, October 23-25, 2015 at the GARAGE THEATRE in Long Beach.

Apr. 30, 2015

The critics love MEDUSA UNDONE.
Bitter Lemons gives it 100% sweet! !

Through the script and Berggren's direction, the tone is breezily contemporary, free of the often stilted quality of classical theater. Likewise, the cast's delivery is neither ancient nor modern. Both factors make the story more timeless, and more accessible, to audiences. Eric Marchese, Orange County Register

Will we ever succeed, as a species, in coming to terms with our ability to force violent sex upon one another? Medusa Undone helps to lead us there. Not because it is well-intended, but because it is (for the most part) professionally executed. As Actors' Equity votes on whether to eliminate the decades-old "99-seat" plan, this West Coast premiere reminds us of why our small theatres exist. Mark Hein, Theatre Ghost

Almost everyone has heard of Medusa. She's that infamous character in Greek mythology (a monster with snakes in her hair), who turns anyone who looks at her to stone. Did you ever wonder why - or - how she got that way? If so, you must not miss her back-story, which is currently on stage in a powerful drama at the Garage Theatre. Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers, stagehappenings

Yet it seemed in the end as a corner of a much vaster universe, a cruel one achingly familiar. Because in the end we've all known a Medusa or two. Just as we all grew up around more than a few Poseidons, as well as few Athenas and Sthenos. Echos too now and then. David McDowell Blue, Night Tinted Glasses

Apr. 15, 2015

Now we have a play AND a story! Check out today's Press Telegram. Thanks to Richard Guzman for his thoughtful write up about this lovely play.

Apr. 13, 2015
Don't wait folks! MEDUSA UNDONE opens April 17 for only 3 weekends and Opening Night is already SOLD OUT! Book now!

Feb. 18, 2015
We are having a blast exploring MEDUSA UNDONE in Sonja's backyard. Everything we need for ATHENA'S TEMPLE is there, including a fountain. Following in the footsteps of DMITRI KRYMOV we are exploring a new kind of rehearsal - movement, improvisation, voice - using the script as a resource for now.


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