Community Spotlight: History Lit

Joining the thriving Pasadena theatre scene in May is Unbound Productions’ HISTORY LIT (May 11-20) – the newest project of the creators of the annual Halloween event Wicked Lit. Unbound Production’s mission is to produce theatrical adaptations of classic literature and produce them in alternative venues – emphasis is put on innovation, story-telling, and creating immersive experiences for new audiences.

Over the years, Wicked Lit has featured plays based on works of horror by Poe, Lovecraft, Twain, and Dickens in venues ranging from Beverly Hill’s Greystone Mansion to Altadena’s Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery. This year’s HISTORY LIT will be staged on the grounds of the Fenyes estate of the Pasadena Museum of History and will feature work based on short stories by great women authors of the 19th and 20th Centuries – a theme that was inspired by the Museum’s original patron Eva Fenyes and her legacy of arts patronage.

The three plays featured in HISTORY LIT 2012 include:

Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party

It is an ideal night for a party at the Sheridan estate and young Laura has had the time of her life playing hostess to a throng of party guests. But when an unexpected accident befalls a stranger who lives down the road, Laura’s congenial life may be changed forever.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Two Pictures in One

A simultaneous chronicle of the lives and fates of two early Massachusetts families: the Wards, an 18th Century Anglo family living during the early days of the American Revolution and the Caffeys, a 19thCentury African-American family living ten years prior to the Civil War. By juxtaposing these two points in time, Two Pictures in One examines ideas of freedom and personal consequences.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper

An affluent woman is confined to her room for bedrest under doctor’s orders. Her treatment leads her to start seeing things in the ornate yellow wallpaper which dominates her bedroom, and forces her to deal with her inner and outer demons. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was residing in Pasadena when she wrote this classic story which deals with depression and female oppression in the late 1800s.

Visit HistoryLit.org for complete pricing and scheduling details.

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