Founded in 2008, Unbound Productions is a nonprofit theatre company whose mission is to reimagine timeless stories for new audiences by creating immersive, theatrical adaptations of literature. Since our first full production of Wicked Lit in 2009, over 30,000 patrons have enjoyed our immersive theatre events at venues including Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, Pasadena Museum of History, the Los Angeles Country Arboretum, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, ScareLA, LA Mart, Strub Mansion at Mayfield Senior School, and Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood. Unbound has also presented enhanced staged readings at The Huntington, Pasadena City College, Long Beach Comic Con, Midsummer Scream, and at many other venues and events throughout Southern California. Unbound has produced 36 world premiere plays, some of which have gone on to be produced at venues across the country as well as England, Scotland, and Cameroon. Our organization has been supported by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, California Arts Council, Pasadena Arts Commission, the Spero Foundation, and numerous other foundations and granting institutions.

The scope of Wicked Lit is to create dynamic adaptations of classic horror literature. Thousands of patrons have enjoyed Wicked Lit productions and installations since Wicked Lit 2009 at the haunted Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Since 2010, Wicked Lit has been staged at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena where audiences walk through the hallways of the mausoleum and among the headstones in the cemetery as our plays are staged all around. In addition, Unbound has mounted over 250 staged readings at libraries, schools, festivals, and special events all over Southern California including NoHo LitWalk, Pasadena ArtWalk, West Hollywood Book Fair, Long Beach Comic Con and theaters such as Chance Theater, The Antaeus Company, The Blank Theatre Company, High Street Performing Arts Center, and many others. Wicked Lit Costume, Lighting, and Sound Designers have been nominated for eight Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, winning four, plus one additional special recognition for Puppetry Design in 2016. Wicked Lit is regularly included in Stage Raw’s “Top 10” and a “Top Thing To do for Halloween” by LA Magazine, LAist, Timeout Los Angeles, Pasadena Star News, Pasadena Weekly, and Theme Park Adventure. The show has been named a Los Angeles Times “Weekend Pick” several times, been featured in American Theatre Magazine and on KPCC (SoCal NPR), and has twice been named Hollywood Gothique’s “Production of the Year.”


Unbound Productions created History Lit is to bring a new life to great literature that reflects history in creative ways.  The flash poetry performance Charles Bukowski: Back at Barney’s, in conjunction with the City of West Hollywood, Barney’s Beanery, and PST… It All Started Here, made a splash in February 2012 as History Lit’s spontaneous debut. In 2011, the inaugural History Lit reading series was produced in conjunction with Pasadena Museum of History and features works by great women writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Two Pictures in One, Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper. Performances took place at the Museum as well as private readings at Los Angeles-area schools. In 2012, these plays will be presented in a full production on the grounds of the Museum and the Fenyes Mansion. Two Pictures and Garden Party were remounted as a part of History Lit 2016, with the addition of The Girl Who Owned a Bear, staged within the exhibit Flying Horses & Mythical Beasts: The Magical World of Carousel Animals.

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