Wicked Lit
Wicked Lit
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Wicked Lit is a dynamic new collection of plays adapted from the classic horror literature of Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Washington Irving, H.P. Lovecraft, and more. These timeless stories have been ambitiously reimagined to create surprising and impactful theatrical experiences. Originally devised as immersive theater, the shows in the Wicked Lit collection have previously been staged in cemeteries, museums, mansions, and hotels. Produce them in a theater or in a creative guerrilla setting and watch these chilling horror classics come alive.


SYNOPSIS


The following titles are available in the Print Edition

The Body Snatcher by Paul Millet
2F, 3M | 35 Minutes
With the help of two childhood friends, a female medical student accepts a job working for a prominent doctor but gruesome tasks and unspeakable horrors await her when she arrives at the lab.
 
The Cask of Amontillado by Paul Millet
1F, 2M | 30 Minutes
In this retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting classic, betrayal, unrequited love, and deception awaits Fortunato as he follows his longtime friend into the catacombs to fetch a cask of wine.
 
The Chimes by Jonathan Josephson
1F, 2M, Ensemble (Flexible) | 30 Minutes
Dickens’ novella is brought to life with a bite of horror as a proud parent discovers the repercussions of not accepting his daughter’s choices by the goblins who haunt a church.
 
The Grove of Rashomon by Jonathan Josephson
3F, 4M (Flexible) | 30 Minutes
A mother investigates the brutal crimes committed against her daughter and son-in-law, a samurai, in this reimaging of the iconic short story that inspired the film Rashomon,
 
Las Lloronas by Jonathan Josephson
5F, 3M (Flexible) | 35 Minutes
Told through storytelling, dance, and music, this famous Mexican folk legend captures the story of a desperate mother who murders her children by drowning them in a river.
 
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Jonathan Josephson
1F, 3M, 1 Flexible | 30 Minutes
Washington Irving’s iconic tale of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow comes to life in this lyrical reimaging of the classic story.
 
The Monkey’s Paw by Jeff Garcia Rack
1F, 4M | 35 Minutes
Based on the supernatural short-story, three wishes are granted to a down-and-out family but they must pay a terrifying price for interfering with fate.
 
The Tell-Tale Heart by Paul Millet
2F, 5M | 40 Minutes
A series of apparitions haunts a disturbed man who must answer to police about the disappearance of his uncle.
 
The Unnamable by Jeff Garcia Rack
1F, 2M | 35 Minutes
The quest for an ancient artifact leads two men to a cemetery where they uncover a family curse and unleash a beast from another dimension.

The following titles are also included in the Digital Perusal:

The Doll by Jeff Garcia Rack
4F, 1M | 40 Minutes
When a young girl receives a mysterious package with no return address, an evil force enters the home that turns the quiet household upside down.

A Ghost Story by Jonathan Josephson           
1M, 2 Flexible | 18 Minutes
Adapted from Mark Twain, hilarity ensues when a young student encounters a Ghost with an identity crisis and his Shadow who is determined to banish his soul to hell.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Jeff Garcia Rack
2F, 1M | 35 Minutes
A new mother is confined to her room for bedrest, however “rest cure” is anything but, as she begins to see things behind the yellow wallpaper that dominates her bedroom.

QUOTE


Wicked Lit is one of those amazing opportunities to feel the thrill of true fear, as if you were transported to another place and time… From the moment I arrived I knew this was going to be good; I had no idea it would leave me speechless!

–Scary Horror News


The Body Snatcher by Paul Millet

The Cask of Amontillado by Paul Millet

The Tell-Tale Heart by Paul Millet


Paul Millet is the artistic director of Unbound Productions, a Los Angeles based theatre company whose mission it is to adapt literature into new plays. For Unbound, Paul has adapted works by Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles Dickens, just to name a few. Also a prolific theatre director, Paul has directed numerous world premieres for Unbound as well as multiple productions all over the greater Los Angeles area. In his spare time he enjoys a successful career as a television editor. Paul is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Theatre Communications Group, Motion Picture Editors Guild and LA Stage Alliance.
 

The Chimes by Jonathan Josephson

A Ghost Story by Jonathan Josephson

The Grove of Rashomon by Jonathan Josephson

Las Lloronas by Jonathan Josephson

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Jonathan Josephson
 

Twenty-seven of Jonathan's plays have been produced at site-specific locations, schools and theatres around the world including Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), Milwaukee Rep (RepLab), San Jose Rep (SJREAL), Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival, Chance Theater, Shelterbelt Theatre Company, Project Theatre (UK), and Aberdour Youth Theater (UK). Jonathan is the Executive Director of Unbound Productions which has produced eleven of his adaptations as a part of Wicked Lit and History Lit: A Festival of Timeless Stories. Jonathan has received an Individual Artist Award from the Pasadena Arts Council to create the Sherlock Holmes mash-up Holmes, Sherlock, and The Consulting Detective (staged reading, Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens), is a four-time Finalist for Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award and a Finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. BA Theatre: Playwriting from UCSD. Proud member of the Dramatist Guild, Lifetime Member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. jonathanjosephson.com.
 
The Doll by Jeff G. Rack

The Monkey's Paw by Jeff G. Rack

The Unnamable by Jeff G. Rack

The Yellow Wallpaper by Jeff G. Rack

Jeff is one of the co-creators and the producing artistic director of Unbound Productions, a Los Angeles based theatre company whose mission is to adapt literature into new plays. Along with his writing and directing, Jeff has been recognized for his production design work in theatre and film. He is also an actor, magician, special effects artist, ride show designer, graphic artist, filmmaker and teacher for a Los Angeles film school. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Burbank, California. 

Performance Royalties are based on theater particulars. Please fill out an application for a personalized quote.

Billing responsibilities, pertinent copyright information, and playwrights' biographies are available in the show rider that comes with your license agreement. 

“A morbid delight.” –Pasadena Weekly  

“Topping the Un-Toppable! So this is not your reviewer’s first experience at Wicked Lit …but it may just be the best—and that’s saying quite a lot.” –CreepyLA

“Our heads melted from how fantastic it was!” –Theme Park Adventure

“With great anticipation we…were completely blown away by how much fun we had.” –Theme Park Adventure

“Wicked Lit is an entertainment that goes well beyond delivering cheap Halloween thrills.”–Culture Spot LA   

“Incredible. Stunning. As good as any Broadway performance.” –Golden State Haunts

“Truly a memorable and unique Halloween experience!” –Midnight Marinara  

“Wickedly creative. A fun and spooky time.” –Pasadena Weekly   

“There is nothing else quite like Wicked Lit.” –Examiner.com

"Another Run, Don’t Walk, Year! You may be tired at this point of reading raves about Unbound Productions’ extraordinary horror-themed theater Wicked Lit offerings, but you can’t be tired of seeing their shows." –Creepy LA 

"One of the 10 reasons Halloween is better in LA" –Time Out Los Angeles

"It wouldn’t be October in L.A. without... Wicked Lit" –Stage Scene LA 

"The last three productions sold out, so grab tickets ASAP." –Los Angeles Magazine 

"...should not be missed by anyone interested in an immersive and kinetic theater experience!" –Culture Spot LA 

"[Unbound Productions is a] uniquely amazing theater company... The cast and crew of Wicked Lit do a phenomenal job at immersing their guests into the stories and making them feel a part of it all.” –We Are Indie Horror 

"Each production is fascinating... the writing and the acting are top-notch!" –Edge Magazine

Materials: your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production and can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.

The required materials for Wicked Lit include:

You will receive production scripts for the number of actors featured in the title you are producing along with extra scripts for the director and stage manager. 

Available Products:

Wicket Lit Print Edition - The beautifully designed anthology, available at wholesale costs to sell in your lobby! 

Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes. 

Logo/PR Pack – Includes high-resolution artwork, ready-designed posters, reviews and pull quotes, and reference photos.

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