Location: Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery 2300 Marengo Ave, Altadena, CA 91001 Phone: 818 242 7910
Website: Click here
Description: Unbound Productions resurrects its annual Halloween theatrical experience, featuring three classic tales of terror, staged on the grounds of an actual mausoleum: “La Llorona,” “Dracula’s Guest,” and “The Monk.”
This year, The Wicked Lit Halloween Theatre Festival introduced a Back Stage Experience, which takes place after each performance, with the producers and directors escorting a dozen members of the audience (for an additional charge) to the show’s various locations and explaining the behind-the-scenes details of mounting the production.
Here are details on this year’s trilogy of terror, taken from the official website:
LA LLORONA, adapted by Jonathan Josephson, directed by Paul Millet. The Mexican folk legend La Llorona (“The Weeping Woman”) tells the story of a desperate mother who murders her children by drowning them in a river. But what compels her to commit such an atrocious act? Fear? Insanity? Spite? Procession? Conveyed through dialogue, storytelling, dance, song, and music, this new adaptation will plunge audiences into five different perspectives of this haunting cautionary tale. Beginning with the legend’s historical origins in 16th Century Mexico and ending in modern day Los Angeles with a story that was inspired by actual events, this senses-blasting theatrical event is unlike anything ever produced by Unbound Productions.
DRACULA’S GUEST by Bram Stoker, adapted by Dan Leslie, directed by Jeff G. Rack. Determined Brit, Jonathan Harker has travelled to Romania to meet with a mysterious Count about selling him property in London – but he can’t get a coach. He is only a few miles from his destination in the Transylvania mountains, but on Walpurgisnacht, only one man is willing to make the sacrifice to get him up the hill. What are the villagers so afraid of? Originally written to be the first chapter of the groundbreaking horror novel Dracula, this chilling short story was published posthumously by Bram Stoker’s wife in 1914.
THE MONK, inspired by the novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis, adapted by Douglas Clayton, directed by Debbie McMahon. Matilda has journeyed to Italy to seek the help of a clergyman who is known not only for his skills as an orator but for his ability to help those oppressed by the church. To what lengths will she go to secure her future – and at whose expense? This stylized, lyrical production examines the faces of sin in all of its many forms.
There is a preview performance on Thursday, October 2; then the limited engagement runs from October 3 through November 8, with performances on:
- Friday-Sunday, Oct 3-5;
- Wednesday-Sunday, Oct 8-10,12 (October 11 is SOLD OUT)
- Wednesday-Sunday, Oct 15-19;
- Wednesday-Sunday, Oct 22-26;
- Wednesday-Sunday, Oct 29-Nov 2
- Wednesday-Saturday, Nov 5-8.
Wicked Lit was selected by Hollywood Gothique as the Best Halloween event of 2013, so we highly recommend you put it on your calendar for Halloween 2014.
Tickets range from $35 to $60 for General Admission, or $60 to $85 for General Admission with Back Stage Experience. Wicked Lit sells out every year, so book tickets in advance.
There is considerable walking involved for the audience, with many scenes staged outside on the cemetery grounds, so dress accordingly.
Looking for more ways to enjoy Halloween in Los Angles? Check out our pages for Halloween Haunts and Halloween Haunts: Tours and Shows!