Drama, Moonlit and Mausoleum-Close

See spooky plays at an Altadena cemetery.

Wicked Lit

It's pretty well established in the minds of many, whether they live near or far, that Los Angeles is a pretty outdoor kind of place.

A lot of our recreational activities are centered around the beaches and our mountains. We dine outdoors, when possible. And our biggest concerts in the summertime? You guessed it. You can rock out and feel a nice breeze. Two-for-one.

But we'll bet that many people don't necessarily think of plays presented next to a mausoleum by moonlight when they think of Southern California. Isn't that a bit, well, New England? Perhaps. But Wicked Lit is proving more and more that the atmospheric, alfresco play also belongs to LA.

The theater company's Halloween offerings kick off on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena. On the line-up? Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Body Snatcher" and Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" will be performed; so will "The Chimes" by Charles Dickens as well as works by H.P. Lovecraft and M. R. James. And Mark Twain. We like when that particular author unleashes his more devious dawdlings.

Note that there are two different productions featuring different works, so you'll want to check ahead to make sure the play you want to see will be in the mix on your chosen night.

Because this is outdoors, and at a cemetery, there will be walking. And the ground may not always be even. In fact, the audience will be asked to walk during the productions, which is also offbeat. The non-sedentary play.

To find out what pieces will be performed on what evening, peruse here. General admission is $39 to $60, and the plays wrap on Sunday, Nov. 6 (not Nov. 5 as previously listed, note).

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