History Lit: Plays from the Past Shine

"The Girl Who Owned a Bear" is one of the 2016 presentations.

Daniel Kitayama

If you've ever stood in the mausoleum at Altadena's Mountain View Cemetery in October after dark, chances are very good that you were there to see "Wicked Lit," the annual spooky tale-telling from theatrical company Unbound Productions.

The group is known for looking back several decades for its deliciously dramatic plays, but it isn't waiting for autumn to come around for some more fun, and fantasy, via actors and an offbeat theatrical setting.

Nope, the plays aren't wicked nor spooky, but they do have some time under their belt, hence the name "History Lit." Venture to the Pasadena Museum of History, and not a traditional stage, to see "Two Pictures in One," "The Garden Party," and "The Girl Who Owned a Bear."

Productions run not-so-nightly, but frequently, through July 31, 2016.

The notion of a trio of tales unfurling at the Pasadena Museum of History may make you wonder if the pretty gardens of the Fenyes Mansion will be involved. Indeed, you guess correctly; Unbound Productions will take the tales outside, much like they do with "Wicked Lit" at the Mountain View Cemetery.

The Curtin House and the gallery exhibit at the museum will serve as two other settings for the stories. Stories, by the way, that hail from the minds and pens of L. Frank Baum, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Katherine Mansfield.

It's a high summer treat of the most old-fashioned kind, a treat that incorporates the outdoors to spin a yarn, much like theater troupes have done for centuries (and still do each summer).

Find your parasol, or at least a garden dress or seersucker suit, and turn your carriage for the Crown City, and its history museum, for "History Lit."

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