“Wicked Lit” will be haunting audiences at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery once again, and it’s for a good cause. “Audiences in the past have have come to Mountain View Mausoleum to see short plays fully produced,” Jonathan Josephson, executive director Unbound Productions and one of the producers of “Wicked Lit.”
“What we’re doing this year is simpler and smaller. It’s a fundraiser and it’s the same concept, where audiences follow actors throughout the mausoleum but instead of being fully produced plays they’re snippets of the most popular plays we’ve done over the last nine years.”
Josephson said the play is going to give the veteran audience members as well as the newbies a new view of the classic show.
“Most of the people coming to the fundraiser have been to ‘Wicked Lit’ before,” he said. “For newcomers it will be a taste of what we typically do. The plays are adaptations of the classic dark stories. Some of them are literature pieces by Edgar Allen Poe, some are drawn from folklore but they all have a gothic, macabre feel. What makes “Wicked Lit” a production unlike others is that play physically moves from location to location.
“‘Wicked Lit’ has sold out when it plays and it’s very popular and of course getting to see the play in the mausoleum is really exciting and fun. A lot of the plays we produce are set in mausoleums. It’s a set-responsive experience... We’ve had about 30,000 people see our shows over the years,” Josephson said. “Because we have a bit of a following we’re able to pay our actors and our artists better than industry standards which we’re proud of. People are drawn to our productions.