'Wicked Lit' Raises Funds, Not The Dead, at Mountain View Mausoleum

Published : Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 5:12 AM

“Wicked Lit” will be haunting audiences at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery once again, and it’s for a good cause.

“Audiences in the past have have come to Mountain View Mausoleum to see short plays fully produced,” Jonathan Josephson, executive director Unbound Productions and one of the producers of “Wicked Lit.”

“You followed stories throughout the grounds and the experience lasts from 70 minutes to three hours before,” Josephson said.

“What we’re doing this year is simpler and smaller. It’s a fundraiser and it’s the same concept, where audiences follow actors throughout the mausoleum but instead of being fully produced plays they’re snippets of the most popular plays we’ve done over the last nine years.”

Josephson said the play is going to give the veteran audience members as well as the newbies a new view of the classic show.

“Most of the people coming to the fundraiser have been to ‘Wicked Lit’ before,” he said. “For newcomers it will be a taste of what we typically do. The plays are adaptations of the classic dark stories. Some of them are literature pieces by Edgar Allen Poe, some are drawn from folklore but they all have a gothic, macabre feel.

What makes “Wicked Lit” a production unlike others is that play physically moves from location to location.

“‘Wicked Lit’ has sold out when it plays and it’s very popular and of course getting to see the play in the mausoleum is really exciting and fun. A lot of the plays we produce are set in mausoleums. It’s a set-responsive experience.

In today’s economy, the production company is paying an above-average wage to its creatives.

“We’ve had about 30,000 people see our shows over the years,” Josephson said. “Because we have a bit of a following we’re able to pay our actors and our artists better than industry standards which we’re proud of. People are drawn to our productions.

“Also, I want to reiterate, this is not a haunted house, gory blood-spurting experience,” Josephson said. “We are not that. We’re a fairly traditional theatre company. There’s no psychological torture or ‘Halloween Horror Night,’ we just want to reiterate that.

And because the production is outdoors, there are some special recommendations.

“Definitely dress comfortably,” Josephson said. “The performance is about 50 minutes long and most of it is standing and walking. And before and after we’re going to have a food truck on-site and a cash bar with a silent auction of pop culture treasures.

“It’s going to be a fun, interesting and different experience for everyone,” Josephson said.

The Wicked Lit Fundraiser will haunt the Mountain View Mausoleum at 2300 Marengo Ave. in Altadena. Tickets cost $50.00. For more information call (323) 332-2065 or visit unboundproductions.org/

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