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Special City Events

Although the Mission Playhouse generally hosts events staged by independent producers, we do occasionally present shows. Below, you’ll find details examples of recent events presented by the Mission Playhouse.

24th Annual Ovation Awards

On November 3, 2013, the Mission Playhouse was proud to host the 24th Annual Ovation Awards celebrating the best in Los Angeles theatre . The night’s top winner was Center Theatre Group with 12 awards. Actor Michael McKean hosted the awards show. The star studded event included celebrity presenters such as Val Kilmer, Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles), Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me, Hot in Cleveland), and Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty, Devious Maids).

Founded in 1989, the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production and design in the Greater Los Angeles area. Each year, 400 productions compete in 35 Ovation Categories, and are evaluated by a pool of 250 vetted Ovation Voters, who are all currently working theatre professionals.

To view pictures of the event, click here

The Mission Play- April 5-7, 2013

Celebrating 100 years of the City of San Gabriel and the 300th anniversary of Father Junipero Serra’s birth, the Mission Playhouse presented The Mission Play on April 5-7. In this modern adaptation of the 1912 classic, follow four unsuspecting travelers as they are taken back into time where they witness Father Serra’s struggle to spread the Christian faith and establish the California missions.

Click here to check out press articles, glance through the original Mission Play script, learn about the history of the play, read about the cast and production team, and browse through photo galleries from our performances!

Wurlitzer Rededication

The Mission Playhouse is home to one of the finest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organs in the country which was originally installed in New York’s RKO Albee Theatre in the early 1920’s and was donated to the City of San Gabriel in 1968. As the fortunate recipient of recent grants totaling over $200,000 from Mr. Peter Crotty, an expert with extensive knowledge in the theater pipe organ world, the Mission Playhouse was able to completely renovate and upgrade its Wurlitzer.

On January 18 2009, some of the organ’s finest exponents delighted a packed house of local dignitaries, business people and local residents with the amazing array of sounds produced by this historic instrument at this free concert.


Presented in May 2011,Wurlitzia! celebrated the versatility and uniqueness of our own Wurlitzer theatre organ as well as the talents of local young people. Some of the nation’s best organists joined one of our finest local high school jazz bands for an afternoon of swing and jazz together with live accompaniment on the Wurlitzer to silent film classic The Fireman starring Charlie Chaplin.

The event was made possible with the generous support of the Peter Crotty Charitable Foundation and featured Ken Double, Chris Gorsuch and Russ Peck at the keyboard with soloist Laney Wilson on trumpet and vocals and the Temple City High School Gold Jazz Band.

The Playhouse also teamed up with two of Los Angeles’ finest food trucks – The Sweets Truck and The Feast Truck – to supply catering to the event.

Video footage of Wurltizia! is available at the Playhouse Youtube channel, with images in our gallery.