Nearly 1,000 people attended our Mystery Lit enhanced staged readings at the Huntington Gardens, Pasadena Central Library and Sherlock Holmes in Brentwood – now Unbound is thrilled to bring this event to the Santa Anita Train Depot at the Los Angeles County Arboretum!
Enhanced Staged Reading
November 5 & 6, 2016 – 3:00 p.m.
Mystery Lit: Holmes, Sherlock and The Consulting Detective
by Jonathan Josephson
directed by Paul Millet
a mash-up of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Red-Headed League,” and “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches”
“The team behind Unbound Productions has been scaring the daylights out of area Halloween fans for the past seven years with their Wicked Lit productions of interactive horror plays performed at Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum in Altadena. Now, they’re seeking to add some intrigue to the mix this weekend by performing a Sherlock Holmes play based on three short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the Santa Anita Depot at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.”
– Pasadena Weekly
“Currently, these classical lit fiends are working on their very first full-length play which also happens to be the first in their Mystery Lit series. Rather than combining individual shorter plays into one theatrical event, like Wicked Lit, HOLMES, SHERLOCK AND THE CONSULTING DETECTIVE, written by Josephson, weaves together three stories into a single narrative On November 5 & 6, the public will have an opportunity to experience it in an enhanced staged reading – complete with costumes – at the historic Santa Anita Train Depot, housed on the grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum.”
It’s Sherlock Holmes times three! Follow three different versions of Doyle’s iconic Baker Street detective through a literary labyrinth of clues and misdirection in a script-in-hand performance featuring Sherlockian mainstays, new characters, and a host of theatrical surprises. Presented by Unbound Productions, this performance will appeal to young audiences, theatre lovers and Sherlock super-fans alike.
Members – check your email for a $5 discount code
Get tickets here or call 323-332-2065
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Enhanced Staged Reading * Santa Anita Train Depot
Travel southbound on Baldwin Avenue, passing the Arboretum’s main entrance at 301 North Baldwin Avenue and turning right into the second driveway you reach, marked “Arboretum Train Depot.”
About the Santa Anita Train Depot
In 1970, an abandoned train station was moved from its original location a quarter mile north of the Arboretum and restored to look as it was first constructed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in 1890. A typical half-passenger, half- freight depot with living quarters upstairs for the agent and family, the Santa Anita Depot was an active local station stop for both Baldwin Ranch and nearby Sierra Madre residents.
The Depot could not be moved intact, but all 100,000 of the original bricks were removed from the station as well as salvageable doors, trim, beams and even the picturesque Depot balcony. Reference photographs were taken of the interior details, and within days the Santa Anita Depot was a stack of wood and brick in the south parking lot of the Arboretum. Reconstruction was completed in 1970 and fifty yards of Santa Fe standard gauge track was laid in front of the Depot by members of the Monrovia Model Railroad Club.
The Santa Anita Depot of today has been refurnished with turn-of-the-century housewares and period railroad equipment to recreate the ambiance of the bustling station stop it once was. Guided tours of the Santa Anita Depot are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and every Sunday 1-4 p.m. (except for Christmas Day) as volunteer time permits. Follow either the dirt path down to the Depot or the winding, paved walkway opposite the Hugo Reid Adobe.