The Caltech Players present The Ash Girl, Timberlake Wertenbaker's multicultural re-envisioning of Cinderella, for two weekends in August in the gardens of the historic Caltech Alumni House in Pasadena. The Ash Girl is a feminist retelling of the Cinderella fable by acclaimed playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country’s Good) that uses humor and emotion to explore dysfunctional family relationships, social pressure, and the importance of finding self-confidence. Featuring a re-imagined stepmother and stepsisters, a melancholy prince from a distant land, and animal avatars of the Seven Deadly Sins, it exuberantly blends fantasy with modern issues to create something funny, heartwarming, and truly unique.

Director Miranda Stewart, whose previous shows include a Los Angeles Times "Pick of the Week," has directed everything from classics to world premieres for a variety of venues around Los Angeles, including the Archway Theatre in Hollywood and the LOFT Ensemble in Sherman Oaks. She says she particularly likes "making the fantastical seem real," which is what first drew her to Wertenbaker's script.

The Caltech Players, whose previous summer offerings include The Merry Wives of Windsor and Much Ado about Nothing, bring together Caltech students, alumni and staff, JPL personnel, and talented members of the Pasadena community to create vibrant theatre. Like Caltech itself, these casts and crews are not only multicultural but multi-national, with many artistic traditions to draw on.

Performance dates are August 11, 12, 13, and August 17. 18, and 19, all performances starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door, and can be reserved online at http://explicit.caltech.edu; $10 general admission, $5 students; appropriate for ages 6 and up. Performances are in the gardens behind Caltech’s Alumni House, located at 345 S. Hill Avenue in Pasadena, between Del Mar and California Blvd; there is ample free parking on Hill and in the Caltech parking garage on Holliston south of Del Mar. For more information, please visit http://explicit.caltech.edu/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/426833204382636/ The Ash Girl is produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc. of Woodstock, IL

All performances are at 8PM at Alumni House, 345 S. Hill Ave, in the back yard behind the house. There is free parking available on the street. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general admission. Tickets can be purchased here, or at the door via cash or check only.

See the trailer here!

Judith (Penelope Chan), Mother (Carol Cyr) and Ruth (Stephanie Booth) have received an invitation to Prince Amir's ball, a cause for much self-congratulation.

However, they must make sure that Ashgirl (Lydia Kivrak, far right) doesn't interfere with their mother's plans, that one of them is to marry the Prince.

Ashgirl's true enemies are her own demons, such as Sadness (Maryam Ali, standing).

By accepting who they are, Ashgirl and Prince Amir (Utkarsh Mital) find happiness.