The Illustrated Bradbury, Nine Ray Bradbury Stories Brought to LifeFremont Centre Theatre (1000 Fremont Avenue South Pasadena, CA 91030)
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Anything is fine, it is a small, casual theater
Soda, water, and candy are available during intermission
Ample street parking
10 Goldstar Member Reviews
Written on Mar 12 2009
My boyfriend liked it more than I did, as he was more familiar with Bradbury. Personally I found the theatre very inviting for a nap. I could barely keep my eyes open - too stuffy inside and the actor's delivery was very similar for many of the dialogues, which left me bored.
A few more props could have improved the performance, including utilizing the video screen in the background.
Not my cup of tea!
Written on Mar 09 2009
The tree on the stage was a genius set piece. The story telling was mesmerizing. Tobias did the narration as well as the 'excerpts' from the plays. They were well chosen, though I would love to see "The Veldt" as part of it.
There were other Bradbury stories in the mix and I wished I had known what they were so I could have read it ahead of time.
My kids loved the play. They read the stories.
The theatre was very nice, well maintained. Nice bathroom. Small, just about 63 seats so very cozy, not a bad seat in the house. Would have not found this theatre had it not been for this play and Goldstar. Would love to attend something there again.
Written on Mar 02 2009
Not my favorite event at The Fremont, but it was OK.
Written on Feb 23 2009
Loved the show. Well acted on a very simple stage. Tobias Andersen did a remarkable job. I was pleasantly surprised to find Mr. Bradbury in attendance. Meeting him was the best part of the evening.
More Information About The Illustrated Bradbury
Back in 1951, Ray Bradbury wrote a book called The Illustrated Man, in which the titular character possessed tattoos which came to animated life and depicted stories of the past and future. Actor Tobias Andersen uses the character as an inspiration for his non-tattooed solo performance piece The Illustrated Bradbury, in which he depicts nine tales derived from different volumes by the fantasy master and Pulitzer Prize honoree Bradbury.
The storylines unfolded include ones about: a man who seeks to destroy every machine that intrudes upon his life; men of the present day encountering a prehistoric monster from the ocean depths; a woman who stubbornly faces down Death himself; a chicken with a remarkable gift foretelling the future; and much more.
Bradbury is, of course, the author of over 500 published stories, and the inclination to call this selection for the stage Bradbury’s Greatest Hits would be restrained by the flurry of debates among Bradbury’s countless fans championing their particular favorites. But The Illustrated Bradbury is a wonderful sampler of beloved narratives from America’s Storyteller.
The Oregon-based actor Tobias Andersen continues an association with Bradbury begun when Andersen originated the role of Fire Chief Beatty in the 1979 Colony Theatre production of Fahrenheit 451 in Los Angeles. He is the Artistic Director of Mount Hood Repertory Theatre Company, where he has appeared in Our Town, Inherit The Wind, The Front Page, and On Golden Pond, and directed You Can’t Take It With You, Born Yesterday, Huckleberry Finn, A Thurber Carnival, and more. His credits regionally and internationally are extensive. He has also appeared in a number of movies-for-television as well as the recent feature film Feast Of Love.
David Smith-English directs. He is the Artistic Director of Clacakamas Repertory Theatre, where he has directed Fuddy Meers, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Moon Over Buffalo, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. He has directed professionally at a number of theatres in the Portland, Oregon area for several decades.
Set and lighting design: Christopher D. Whitten. Composer/Sound design: Rodolfo Ortega. Stage manager: Autumn Lawrence.
The show had its World Premiere at Clackamas Repertory Theatre in September, 2007. It premiered in Southern California in a one-weekend engagement at the Rubicon in Ventura in October, 2007. The new production at the Fremont Centre Theatre marks its Los Angeles Premiere.