Wicked Lit and Hollywood Today Was There
Growing by leaps and bounds
Wicked Lit offered us three new plays in its annual horror production at the cemetery. We learn about them from artistic directors Jonathan Josephson, left, Paul Millet and Jeff G. Rack posing at the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery in Altadena. (Walt Mancini/Staff Photographer)
By Valerie Milano
Altadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 10/25/12 The Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena sounds like the perfect setting for a truly eerie Halloween experience.
Unbound Productions was founded by Jonathan Josephson, Paul Millet and Jeff G. Rack in an effort to create new adaptations of classic stories. In this case, the setting is an integral part of the whole experience. The actors were wonderful and I know they were committed. I felt there wasn’t a time that they lost us in their dialogue and they were each returning, seasoned thespians.. a haunting experience and one not to be forgotten.
“Wicked Lit” is growing by leaps and bounds. “Our capacity for this year’s show is 105 per night. Individuals watch the shows in a group of 35. In 2009, our show drew 370 people; in 2010 we had 750 people see the show – last year was just under 1500. We are hoping to surpass that number this year,” said Josephson.
The first annual “Wicked Lit” production began in 2009 at the haunted and haunting Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills with guests having enjoyed theatrical adaptations of great authors from Edgar Allen Poe, R.L. Stevenson, Twain and Dickens and this was my first year of attending the fright nigh and it did not disappoint.
The selections this year include Marion Crawford’s “The Dead Smile”, with a family curse and disfigured parent committed to keeping young lovers apart. M.R. James’ “Count Magnus” where a travel writer journeys to a village rumored to have a ghostly nobleman terrorizing the town, but what he finds when he gets there may cost him…and Johan Ludwig Tieck’s “Wake Not the Dead”. Some deals should not be made but Walter brings his first love back to life and now the only one who can save him may just be his wife. Be careful walking in a real live cemetery! I was freaked.
Rack said, “These three plays have been tailor-made for Mountain View, so be prepared for some creepy, freaky scares and surprises”.
“This year – the experience will truly begin the moment that the audience emerges from their cars. We don’t want to give away too much, but we promise our patrons 100% immersive theatre,” said Josephson, Co-Artistic Director of Unbound Productions.
“Our relationship with Mountain View came about after our first successful show at Greystone Mansion and then an intro from our friends at the Pasadena Museum’s of History. We work very closely with the Mausoleum staff throughout the production process,” Josephson told Hollywood Today,
“This ENTHRALLING production elicits goose bumps and shivers…A TREAT FOR ALL SEASONS!”
- Les Spindle, Edge Magazine
“TANTALIZING TERROR! …Wicked Lit is TRULY A TREAT for lovers of horror and the classics!”
- Peter A. Balaskas, Splash Magazine: LA
The dates have been extended – NOW through November 10th
All performances will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.
For more information go to wickedlit.org
or call 818-242-7910
Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery
2300 N. Marengo Ave. Altadena CA 91001
Please consult a map before driving to the Mausoleum the roads wind around. Arrive early to get a good parking spot. They do have snacks for purchase but alcohol is not allowed. Under 13 years is not recommended. I cannot wait to go back. Trick or Treat.
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