Fahrenheit 451, the play is hotter than ever as it plays to sold out audiences at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, through June 29, 2008....blogged by Joyce Schwarz, new media guru/author @ www.hollywood2020.blogs.com.
Fahrenheit 451 podcast -- link http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WwfqtKqQ
Here's a great podcast with Joyce Schwarz and lead actor Dave Polcyn playing a stunning version of Montag in Ray Bradbury's FAHRENHEIT 451 with Ray's own Pandemonium Theatre company.
May 11, 2008 reprint of hollywood2020.blogs.com post
RAY BRADBURY ON BOOKS & LIBRARIES ...and Fahrenheit 451 Play & more
Fahrenheit 451, the play by our national treasure Ray Bradbury and produced by Ray's theatrical production company - The Pandemonium Theater Company - continues through June 1 at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena...blogged by Joyce Schwarz,at www.hollywood2020.blogs.com.
I highly recommend the production ---for tickets --323) 960-4451; Thurs, Friday, Saturday @ 8 pm Sundays @ 3 pm no show on May 25 -- because of the holiday, www.plays411.com/raybradbury.
The Pandemonium Theatre Company adaptation of Ray Bradbury's stunner Fahrenheit 451 continues through June 1, 2008 at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, don't miss it! Seen (left) is the cover of the program for that production which only hints at the amazing costumes and staging.
RAY BRADBURY WAS IN THE HOUSE....
Prior to the curtain opening on Saturday night when I saw the play, Ray Bradbury spoke to the audience from the front row -- yes, he was there himself looking quite debonair I must say. He was wearing a new medal from the French government that designates him a Commander of the Order of Arts and Literature.' This honor is bestowed for significantly contributing to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance
Author Joyce Schwarz is honored to be shown in the photo with Sci-Fi legend Ray Bradbury after a production of his Pandemonium Theatre company adaption of Fahrenheit 451, now at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena.
Bradbury kiddingly commanded us in the audience to enjoy this evening's production after he mentioned one of his favorite topics -- libraries and how important they were to his life and to many of ours. Blogger note -- Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451's first incarnation at the UCLA Library basement on a rental typewriter that cost him $9.50 (10 cents for each half hour).
BRADBURY ON BOOKS....in re-reading Fahrenheit 451's Simon and Schuster Classic edition, I was particularly drawn to the section where Professor Faber tells Fireman Montag that 'it's not books you need, it's some of the things that were once in books...Faber explains " There is nothing magical in them, at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us
The three things Prof. Faber tells us are missing in the society depicted are :
#1 Qquality of information.
#2 Leisure to digest it.
#3 Right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two!
Hmmmm those are probably the most compelling reasons to see this production -- in these days of new media, mass media, Youtube vidiots and mobisodes (episodes on cell phones), big screen TVs, Time Square videotrons & sports stadium vision boards, just what is our quality of information? How much leisure do we really have in the go-go, always on society of today, and if we don't have the first two how can we carry out valid actions without learning from that duo?