Unbound Productions Presents Mystery Lit: Holmes, Sherlock and The Consulting Detective

A fully-produced, immersive theatre event at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, Santa Anita Train Depot June 2 – July 1, 2017

Published : Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 4:05 PM

Unbound Productions Executive Director Jonathan Josephson, Artistic Director Paul Millet, and Producing Artistic Director Jeff G. Rack have announced the details of the company’s first fully-realized evening-length play: Holmes, Sherlock and The Consulting Detective, which will run for 19 performances between June 2 and July 1, 2017 in and around the historic Santa Anita Train Depot at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden (159 S. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007).

The 105-minute. two-act piece will be staged as an immersive theatre event and is the first Mystery Lit production from the creators of the popular Wicked Lit series. The development of the play was originally supported with an Individual Artist Grant from the Pasadena Arts Commission.

“This is an extremely exciting time in the life of our theatre company,” said Josephson (Anansi and the Demons, Camp Mountain View – Wicked Lit 2016, 2013 Humana Festival) who also wrote the play. “The piece has been in development for several years and after staged readings at the Pasadena Central Library, The Huntington, Sherlocks in Brentwood, and last November’s event at the Arboretum, we’re thrilled beyond words to share this fully-realized show with our audiences.”

A highly theatrical piece, Holmes, Sherlock and The Consulting Detective will feature 12 actors playing upwards of 25 different characters. Audiences will physically follow three different plots through a literary labyrinth of clues and misdirection in a story that features Sherlockian mainstays, new characters, and a host of theatrical surprises.

“This is the beginning of what we hope becomes a tradition of bringing theatre to our landscapes,” said Richard Schulhof, CEO of the Arboretum who was first introduced to Wicked Lit and Unbound by Arboretum Board President Dan Foliart in 2015. “I have been very impressed by the work that this rising company has created and its ability to reimagine great literature with moving, living performing art is something I feel our members and broader community will truly enjoy.”

“We are very excited to be furthering our relationship with everyone at the Arboretum,” added production designer and set designer Rack (Wicked Lit 2016, History Lit 2016). “We hope that Mystery Lit is the first of many joint ventures together at this beautiful place.”

“People who love Wicked Lit are going to love this, too,” says Millet (Camp Mountain View – Wicked Lit 2016, The Girl Who Owned a Bear – History Lit 2016) who will direct the play. “From the most ambitious sets and costumes that we’ve ever had, to the way that the audience will move in the space, to the way that storytelling will blend in and out of a conscious theatrical reality – this is going to be a cerebral, entertaining play that folks are going to be talking about for years.”

The design team includes Rack (Set/Props/EFX), Kurtis Bedford (Production Builder), Hilda Kane (Lights) and Unbound Productions’ Ovation Award-winning designers, Drew Dalzell (Sound – Wicked Lit 2014 & 2015) and Christine Cover Ferro (Costumes – Wicked Lit 2015). Cast and crew will be announced soon.

The mission of Unbound Productions is to create immersive, theatrical adaptations of timeless stories.

Visit Unboundproductions.org for complete pricing and schedule details.



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