Put this on your list of things to do before July is over. Spend two hours with History Lit as it unfolds three short stories on the grounds of the beautiful Pasadena Museum of History.
This is not a traditional theater experience. Instead of sitting in place, you will be moved to three different locations – the lush gardens around the Fenyes Mansion, the living room of the Curtin House, and the inside of the Museum of History. Each location will present you with a new experience, each based on a literary work.
In the garden you will follow little Laura (Summer Ruyle) as she shows exemplary compassion in “The Garden Party,” adapted from Katherine Mansfield’s story of the same name. Indoors at the Curtin House you will watch “Two Pictures in One,” adapted from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “The Two Altars, or Two Pictures in One,” a poignant presentation about the ongoing search for freedom in America. This story, perhaps the strongest of the set, includes the talents of Bradley Bundlie, as Dick, an impressive actor who at the age of 7 is already in his 107th acting job. “The Girl Who Owned a Bear” is the third tale, an adaptation from L. Frank Baum’s story of the same name. Baum is the American author best known for “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” yet this short story is no less imaginative or colorful. The performance is well set amidst the Museum’s current exhibit – “Flying Horses and Mythical Beasts: The Magical World of Carousel Animals.”
History Lit is highly entertaining and recommended for the entire family. However, keep in mind that you will be walking and standing for short periods of time during the performance. Comfortable shoes and attire will work best, and while our fantastic Los Angeles weather may keep you warm until 9 p.m., know that you will be often outdoors and you should prepare accordingly.
History Lit will perform Friday through Sunday, until July 31 only. Follow this link to purchase tickets. Parking at the Museum is free but limited, but there is plenty of street parking. The Pasadena Museum of History is located at 470 W. Walnut St. in Pasadena 91103. For more information about this event visit UnboundProductions.org
Photo: History Lit actors introduce the play outside Fenyes Mansion – Dena Burroughs photo
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