In 2001, Furious Theatre Company incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and began the search for the right scripts to produce--and a theatre in which to present them. After numerous letters and phone calls, we were led to the City of Pasadena and The Armory Center for the Arts. They generously granted us the use of a 9,000 square foot section of Armory Northwest, a former plastics factory. In February 2002, we began converting the raw warehouse into an alternative performance space. Risers were constructed, the lighting grid hung, and stage curtains built, all by our ensemble. On April 26, 2002, we opened the U.S. Professional Premiere of Saturday Night at the Palace by Paul Slabolepszy.
In September 2003, the City of Pasadena reclaimed the Armory Northwest and Furious needed to move. After a 13-month search, the Pasadena Playhouse granted Furious a residency at its Balcony Theatre (later renamed the Carrie Hamilton Theatre), the Playhouse?s 99-seat second stage. Since its 2004 debut at the Playhouse, Furious Theatre Company has produced 17 premieres, including the World Premieres of Alex Jones? Canned Peaches in Syrup and Matt Pelfrey?s An Impending Rupture of the Belly (4 LA Weekly Award nominations, Garland Award) as well as Los Angeles Premieres of Neil LaBute?s The Shape of Things, Yussef El Guindi?s Back of the Throat (LA Weekly Award Winner: Best Playwright), Craig Wright?s Grace (Los Angeles Drama Critic?s Circle Award Recipient: Best Production, Best Direction, Best Writing), Gina Gionfriddo?s US Drag (7 LA Weekly Award Nominations), Peter Sinn Nachtrieb?s Hunter Gatherers (1 LADCC Award Nomination) and Bruce Norris? The Pain and the Itch (3 LADCC Award Nominations).
Furious Theatre Company is led by co-founders and Artistic Council members Sara Hennessy, Shawn Lee, Vonessa Martin, Eric Pargac, Brad Price and Dámaso Rodriguez and General Manager Nick Cernoch.