The Pasadena Playhouse is California's official State Theatre. Established in 1917 The Playhouse is a landmark theatre that has been called “the Athens of the West” and has showcased works by Shakespeare, as well as Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. It is also a popular premiering location for new plays. The Playhouse has produced actors who later became notable film and/or television stars. Includes actors Eve Arden, Angela Bassett, Wayne Brady, Charles Bronson, Raymond Burr, Ruth Buzzi, Don DeFore, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Earl Holliman, Rue McClanahan, Joyce Meadows, Leonard Nimoy, Lloyd Nolan, Nick Nolte, Eleanor Parker, Robert Preston, George Reeves, Barbara Rush, Sally Struthers, Jo Anne Worley and Robert Young.