Merry mausoleum

Merry mausoleum

Unbound Productions promises a night of fundraising fun Saturday at Altadena’s Mountain View Mausoleum

By Carl Kozlowski 04/08/2014

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For the past four years, the folks at Unbound Productions have been bringing the grounds of the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery to life each October with their Wicked Lit series of shows. The elaborately staged productions of classic horror short stories have proven to be a red-hot draw with sold-out crowds, but higher audience expectations also result in higher expenses needed to keep attendees ever more impressed.

On Saturday, Unbound will take over the mausoleum grounds a few months early to host its “A Night at the Mausoleum II” fundraiser. The evening features a live staged reading of the classic “Twilight Zone” episode “Kick the Can,” performed by a team of actors including three thespians who actually worked on other episodes of the iconic series: Michael Forest of the series’ “Black Leather Jackets” episode, Jacqueline Scott from the episode “The Parallel” and Mary Gregory of the series’ “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”). 

In addition, veteran TV actress Lee Meriwether (who played Catwoman on the “Batman” TV series) and Brian David Pope will round out the cast.  The evening’s other entertainment includes a film screening of the horror story classic “The Dead Smile” by F. Marin Crawford and staged readings of former Wicked Lit plays “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.” 

Finally, participants willing to chip in on a Vegas-style poker tournament can vie for the grand prize of a weekend stay in Vegas, complete with show tickets. There will also be silent and live auctions available for those willing to bid their way to some fun prizes. 

“We want to do an annual fundraiser but just had to skip last year due to circumstances,” says Jonathan Josephson, executive director of Unbound Productions. “It’s like an open house of the space at the mausoleum and the readings. The readings are done in two different locations inside the mausoleum. Combine the spooky atmosphere and the range of fun activities, and you’ve got a night that can’t be missed.” 

Unbound Productions hosts “A Night at the Mausoleum II” from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, 2300 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $25 general admission and $45 for those participating in the poker tournament. Visit unboundproductions.org.  

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