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WICKED LIT 5th ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery Oct 4 -Nov 2

WICKED LIT 5th ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION
Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery Oct 4 -Nov 2

Unbound Productions Co-Artistic Directors Jonathan Josephson, Paul Millet, and Jeff G. Rack have announced the line-up for the anniversary production of the popular horror story adaptation series WICKED LIT that will take place at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, California. The production will run from October 4-November 2, 2013 and feature world premiere adaptations of H.P Lovecraft’s The Lurking Fear and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The New Catacomb as well as a revival of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

“For our 5th anniversary production, we are committed to producing THE BEST WICKED LIT EVER. That means a more immersive experience with more scares, more intriguing stories, and mind-blowing special effects and surprises,” said Rack, who will direct Sleepy Hollow, co-adapt Lurking Fear, and also oversee the production design and special effects for the event.

Said Millet, who will direct Lurking Fear as well as the Wicked Lit Experience, “We don’t want to give away too much, but this year – the experience will truly begin the moment that the audience emerges from their cars.”

This will be the second time that Unbound has produced Josephson’s adaptation of Sleepy Hollow, the first time was as a part of the first Wicked Lit at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills in 2009. “Only 350 people saw that production, and since we now have a full cemetery to play with for the epic horse chase at the end, we thought it was time to reimagine this play in a darker, even more ‘Wicked Lit’ fashion,” said Josephson, who also adapted The New Catacomb and co-adapted The Lurking Fear.

WICKED LIT audiences will experience three short plays as they are led through the grounds of the mausoleum and cemetery by Storyguides. WICKED LIT is a walking show – patrons must be able to comfortably walk a minimum of 2,000 paces and climb stairs in order to experience this production. WICKED LIT is recommended for audiences ages 13+.

The first annual WICKED LIT production was staged in 2009 on the grounds of Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Since that time, over 3,000 patrons have enjoyed full productions of adaptations of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Robert E. Howard, Washington Irving and Robert Louis Stevenson.

The mission of Unbound Productions, the theatre company that produces WICKED LIT as well as the newly launched History Lit, is to create new theatrical adaptations of classic literature and produce them in non-traditional venues.

Visit wickedlit.org for complete pricing and scheduling details. WICKED LIT is also on Facebook.

THE PLAYS

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The New Catacomb
Adapted by Jonathan Josephson
Directed by Douglas Clayton

Burger, the American, and Kennedy, the Brit, are great friends, and have been since their days at university. But when Burger makes a life-altering discovery in the depths of a long-since forgotten Roman crypt – their friendship may be put to the ultimate test.

Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Adapted by Jonathan Josephson
Directed by Jeff G. Rack
A lyrical reimaging of the beloved tale of the good-hearted schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his deadly encounter with the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

H.P. Lovecraft’s The Lurking Fear
Adapted by Jeff G. Rack and Jonathan Josephson
Directed by Paul Millet

There’s something out there, and it’s taking our women. We need to find it, kill it – or die trying.

The Masque of the Red Death Experience (starts at 7pm)
Conceived and directed by Paul Millet
Inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe
Singers, dancers, improvisational actors, and a buffoon will surround you in the gothic world of Wicked Lit! Designed as a macabre masquerade, The Masque of the Red Death Experience draws text and tone from the mind of Edgar Allan Poe and presents a theatrical framework for your immersive journey through the mausoleum and cemetery.

September 26, 2013

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