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Seema Sueko would like to add a dash of color to Pasadena Playhouse
Seema Sueko would like to add a dash of color to Pasadena Playhouse

The brownstones of New York City's West Village shine under the stage lights inside the Pasadena Playhouse during a recent tech rehearsal for "Stop Kiss." An Asian American woman and an African American woman giggle over a take-out menu in a cozy living room at center stage, a blossoming romance that will lead to the vicious, homophobic attack that drives the story. Computer screens that track light and sound cues glow in the cool darkness beyond the stage, their operators silently tapping away while a short figure moves between them, stopping now and again to give instructions. Seema Sueko, the theater's new associate artistic director, is directing her first play at...

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