Unbound Productions founders Jonathan Josephson, Paul Millet and Jeff G. Rack will present History Lit stage adaptations of three plays at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 24 as part of Summer Family Dayat the Pasadena Museum of History. The plays include The Garden Party, by Josephson, adapted from the short story of the same name by Katherine Mansfield; Two Pictures in One, by Paul Millet, adapted from the short story The Two Altars: Or Two Pictures in One by Harriet Beecher Stowe; and The Yellow Wallpaper, by Jeff G. Rack, adapted from the short story of the same name by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
The mission of Unbound Productions is to create fresh adaptations of classic literature as a way of re-imagining great stories for new audiences. With its flagship theater festival Wicked Lit, and its newest project History Lit, Unbound takes pride in engaging in ambitious storytelling and creating surprising and “impactful” theatrical experiences.
The focus of History Lit is to bring a new life to great literature that reflects history in creative ways. The inaugural History Lit reading series has been produced in conjunction with Pasadena Museum of History and will features works by great women writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
The readings are being presented free of charge.
More about the plays:
The Garden Party—It is an ideal night for a party at the Sheridan estate and young Laura has had the time of her life playing hostess to a throng of party guests. But when an unexpected accident befalls a stranger who lives down the road, Laura’s congenial life may be changed forever.
Two Pictures in One—A simultaneous chronicle of the lives and fates of two early Massachusetts families: the Wards, an 18th Century Anglo family living during the early days of the American Revolution and the Caffeys, a 19th Century African-American family living ten years prior to the Civil War. By juxtaposing these two points in time, Two Pictures in One examines ideas of freedom and personal consequences.
The Yellow Wallpaper—An affluent woman is confined to her room for bedrest under doctor’s orders. Her treatment leads her to start seeing things in the ornate yellow wallpaper which dominates her bedroom, and forces her to deal with her inner and outer demons. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was residing in Pasadena when she wrote this classic story which deals with depression and female oppression in the late 1800s.
Pasadena Museum of History is located at 470 W. Walnut St.in Pasadena. Visit www.pasadenahistory.org for parking information.
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