Martians - An Evening With Ray Bradbury

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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING

“...the warmth and good humor of Ray Bradbury is wonderfully embodied in the performance of Mr. Mount... His performance is a TOUR-DE_FORCE! The ensemble invests their characters with passion and vividness and no small amount of humor. A DO-NOT-MISS experience!” Paul Myrvold, Theatre Notes

“Director Jeff G. Rack packs a lot of visual and esthetic delight into Martians ... the actors all play their roles with relish... A SENSORY FANTASTICAL RIDE. An INSPIRING AND MAGICAL journey.” E. M. Frederick, Hollywood Times

“A LOVING TRIBUTE to a writer that created tales to astonish, to amaze, to thrill, to live and love, as well as to take warning and heed.” Rich Borowy, Accessibly Live

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For Humanity to survive we must all become Martians! 

America's Storyteller, Ray Bradbury, is our guide to mankind's next great adventure, to our next outpost in outer space, the planet Mars.

Ray Bradbury speaks directly to the audience weaving Martians stories both humorous and harrowing, bringing his characters to life on stage right before your eyes. Characters like Bob and Carrie, a young couple struggling to turn the cold, dead Mars into an Earthly garden. There are Beck and Craig, two soldiers of fortune searching for the legendary Blue Bottle of Mars! Father Niven's religious faith traps a shapeshifting Martian in the form of Christ! Emil Barton is the last man on Mars with only recordings of his younger self to keep him company, or drive him mad!

As Ray creates his stories we come to know the mind and heart of the great writer who believes that humanity can only survive by carrying our culture out into the Universe! Most of the text is taken from Ray's own words, from interviews and books he's written on the art of writing, as well as adaptations of his Martian stories The Strawberry Window, The Blue Bottle, The Messiah and Night Call, Collect.

Ray Bradbury is played by co-creater Charlie Mount who played him in a production of The October Country and produced Ray's play Falling Upward with Pat Harrington, Jr, both staged at Theatre West in association with Ray's Pandemonium Theatre Company. Also a playwright, Charlie's plays include The Leather Apron Club, Against The Wall (Los Angeles Times Critic's Pick) and Trumpets and Table-Tipping. His directing credits include Acting: The First Six Lessons (with Beau and Emily Bridges), Waiting in the Wings (with Betty Garrett, receiving an Ovation Award nomination), Seascape, Waiting for Lefty (Ovation nominated for outstanding production), Gaslight, and The Fantasticks (with Lee Meriwether). A professional illusionist and Magic Castle member, Charlie has performed at The Sands Casino in Atlantic City, featured on TV's Magic's Greatest Illusions and his magic show Abracadabra was an L.A. Weekly Pick of the Week.

Martians is directed by co-creator Jeff G. Rack whose work as an Art Director for films and commercials, and as an EFX artist, can be seen in many films, including: Armageddon, Con-Air, Flubber, Mighty JoeYoung, Kundun, and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Probably best known to Los Angeles theater patrons for his award-winning set designs, Jeff has designed and built over 200 productions from Santa Barbara to Edinburgh, Scotland, including Ray's play Falling Upward for Theatre West. He is a multiple Ovation Award winner and received an L.A. Weekly Award for his work on Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage. Shows he has adapted and/or directed for Unbound Production's Wicked Lit include: H. P. Lovecraft's The Unnamable, and The Lurking Fear, Sleepy Hollow, The Dead Smile, The Yellow Wallpaper, Dracula's Guest and Robert E. Howard's Pigeons From Hell. Other shows Jeff has directed are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Birds, PEN, and The Mystery Plays.

The cast of Martians includes, in addition to Charlie Mount, John T. Cogan, Paul Gunning, Eric Keitel, Melissa Lugo, Michael Perl, Richard Mooney, Donald Moss, Robert Paterno and Joe Seely.

Sound design: Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski. Video design: Gabrieal Griego.

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) is the beloved author of over 600 short stories, over 30 books, numerous plays, screenplays, teleplays and a cantata. He became a working writer while still in his teens, writing jokes for the radio comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen. His first collection of stories, The Dark Carnival, was published in 1947, but it was his 1950 novel The Martian Chronicles that made him a literary star and cemented his name with that of the red planet in the popular imagination. Other best-sellers followed, among them Fahrenheit 451, The October Country and Dandelion Wine. His works have been adapted for feature films, television, stage, opera, and even a ballet (Frost and Fire). He considered himself a fantasy writer rather than an author of science fiction (I'm not a scientist,” he asserted). His influences ranged from Shakespeare and Melville to Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Buck Rogers newspaper strip. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his lifetime body of work, as well as the National Medal of the Arts. He won an Emmy® Award (for The Halloween Tree). He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from L.A. Weekly for his contributions to theatre. The French made him a Commander of Arts and Letters.

One of Mr Bradbury's favorite films was Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. “Going to the stars, taking your culture with you, and living forever! That's what it's all about!,” Bradbury said. That's a theme that's explored in Martians.

So join Ray Bradbury in a journey to the imagination. As Bradbury used to say, “The French made me a Commander, so I command you to enjoy this play!”

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Created and written by Charlie Mount and Jeff G. Rack. Directed by Jeff G. Rack. Based on the short stories The Strawberry Window, The Blue Bottle, The Messiah and Night Call, Collect by Ray Bradbury. Performed and adapted by permission of Don Congdon Associates, Inc. Presented by Arcane Theatreworks and Whitefire Theatre.

 


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Reviews

Shari Barrett
"The point of the final story seems to be that people will lose our connection to everyone else if we only speak to each other electronically. So, as we exist here in the middle between living in caves and among the stars, perhaps it's time to put down all the electronics and share our thoughts through the mind-expanding wonder created by reading a book, allowing our imaginations to soar so that we really can live forever on the printed page, just as Ray Bradbury undoubtedly will."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"Martians is a fun, informative, and inspiring show that urges you to push father, do more, be better, and to live forever. Highly Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


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"In Martians – An Evening with Ray Bradbury, at the Whitefire Theatre, actor Charlie Mount and director Jeff G. Rack have attempted to weave the writer and his work into a rich theatrical tapestry capturing the essence of the man and his art. The result is wildly baroque, madly ambitious, passionately driven and only mildly successful."

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


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"If you love science fiction, the weird, the wonderful and the fantastical, then you will adore this play. Take it from someone who always looks to the stars with longing and a thirst for adventure, this play is something very, very special. In short, I absolutely loved it…I'm still smiling. Bravo!"

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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"Mount and writer/producer/director Jeff G. Rack took a page from Bradbury's success playbook (in his lifetime, Bradbury wrote 27 novels, over 600 short stories) of combining short stories to create one novel by piecing together four short stories and made a piece of work so original and meaningful that Bradbury, the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Citation Jury prize would whole- heartedly approve."

sweet - Mary E Montoro - All About the Stage - ...read full review


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"This is a wonderful show! Charlie Mount wonderfully evokes the spirit and personality of Ray Bradbury. The actors are terrific, as is the staging and theatrical wizardry. Jeff Rack is a remarkable writer/director. You don't need to be a science fiction fan to enjoy this show. Wish I could say more, don't want to spoil the fun!"

sweet - Trey Nichols


Carol Kaufman Segal
"If you are an aficionado of Ray Bradbury, you definitley will not want to miss this production at the Whitefire Theatre."

sweet - Carol Segal - ...read full review


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"Get your ticket to Mars and strap in! Jeff Rack, Charlie Mount & Company mount a wild ride into the Martian mind of the great Ray Bradbury. Ray's unique way of writing comes vividly alive in MARTIANS at Whitfire Theatre. Rack & Mount recreate the child-like thrill of Disneyland's classic MISSION TO MARS by literally blasting the entire theater off to the Red Planet. They take you into the toy-filled office of Ray Bradbury which serves as inspiration to his fantastical tales of desire, wonder, and the cosmic adventure of just being human. Come Mars... MARTIANS await."

sweet - John Strysik


Cynthia Citron
"Many people believe that when you die you go to Heaven. But not Ray Bradbury. I am sure that he thought, when he died in 2012, that he would be going, at long last, to Mars. That would be entirely fitting for this Mars “historian”, the primary storyteller about adventures on The Red Planet. Beginning in the 1930s this prolific writer produced more than 600 novelettes and short stories in addition to more than two dozen plays, several dozen teleplays, 27 non-fiction books, a dozen children's books, books of poetry, and literally hundreds of audio cassettes. Most of them science fiction, fantasies, gripping mysteries, and other unique and thought-provoking tales which were ever afterward included in anthologies of the best stories of the year."

sweet - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Avatar
"In the new play, Martians: An Evening With Ray Bradbury, created and written by Charlie Mount and Jeff G. Rack, the warmth and good humor of Ray Bradbury is wonderfully embodied in the performance of Mr. Mount, who engages the audience with enthusiastic, playful intimacy as he, in the guise of the great Bradbury, expounds on his childhood, his writing methodology, and the universe in general. His performance is a tour-de-force. ...Whether you love Bradbury or never heard of him or read his works, Martians: An Evening With Ray Bradbury is a do-not-miss experience. Take advantage of the opportunity."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


Avatar
"MARTIANS-AN EVENING WITH RAY BRADBURY is a loving tribute to a writer that created tales to astonish, to amaze, to thrill, to live and love, as well as to take warning and heed."

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Avatar
"What a fantastic theatrical experience! Charlie Mount totally inhabits the role of Ray Bradbury, not only with a striking physical resemblance, but also captures his sense of humor. The rest of the cast is amazing, playing characters from his short stories about Mars as Mount's Bradbury weaves his tales in real time for the audience. The audio-visual elements, original music and sound design elevate this to a new level of live theatre. Jeff Rack's direction is perfectly on point; his cast captures the feeling of mid 20th Century futurism and science fiction. This completely immersive production feels a lot like something you'd experience at a big theme park rather than a small theater. The Whitefire is the perfect venue to experience this production. If you love science fiction, and the process of writing, imagination, and have unbridled optimism towards the future, you don't want to miss this show!"

sweet - William Joseph Hill


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"Masterpiece--of the mind and spirit. Dance of dialogue. Stunning show directed by Jeff G. Rack and adapted by Jeff G. Rack and Charlie Mount--who played Ray Bradbury. Congrats again to the wonderful cast and crew for taking me on this Sci-Fi -heartfelt ride!"

sweet - Pamela Hill


Shari Barrett
"The point of the final story seems to be that people will lose our connection to everyone else if we only speak to each other electronically. So, as we exist here in the middle between living in caves and among the stars, perhaps it's time to put down all the electronics and share our thoughts through the mind-expanding wonder created by reading a book, allowing our imaginations to soar so that we really can live forever on the printed page, just as Ray Bradbury undoubtedly will."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"Martians is a fun, informative, and inspiring show that urges you to push father, do more, be better, and to live forever. Highly Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


Avatar
"In Martians – An Evening with Ray Bradbury, at the Whitefire Theatre, actor Charlie Mount and director Jeff G. Rack have attempted to weave the writer and his work into a rich theatrical tapestry capturing the essence of the man and his art. The result is wildly baroque, madly ambitious, passionately driven and only mildly successful."

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


Avatar
"If you love science fiction, the weird, the wonderful and the fantastical, then you will adore this play. Take it from someone who always looks to the stars with longing and a thirst for adventure, this play is something very, very special. In short, I absolutely loved it…I'm still smiling. Bravo!"

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Avatar
"Mount and writer/producer/director Jeff G. Rack took a page from Bradbury's success playbook (in his lifetime, Bradbury wrote 27 novels, over 600 short stories) of combining short stories to create one novel by piecing together four short stories and made a piece of work so original and meaningful that Bradbury, the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Citation Jury prize would whole- heartedly approve."

sweet - Mary E Montoro - All About the Stage - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"If you are an aficionado of Ray Bradbury, you definitley will not want to miss this production at the Whitefire Theatre."

sweet - Carol Segal - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron
"Many people believe that when you die you go to Heaven. But not Ray Bradbury. I am sure that he thought, when he died in 2012, that he would be going, at long last, to Mars. That would be entirely fitting for this Mars “historian”, the primary storyteller about adventures on The Red Planet. Beginning in the 1930s this prolific writer produced more than 600 novelettes and short stories in addition to more than two dozen plays, several dozen teleplays, 27 non-fiction books, a dozen children's books, books of poetry, and literally hundreds of audio cassettes. Most of them science fiction, fantasies, gripping mysteries, and other unique and thought-provoking tales which were ever afterward included in anthologies of the best stories of the year."

sweet - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Avatar
"In the new play, Martians: An Evening With Ray Bradbury, created and written by Charlie Mount and Jeff G. Rack, the warmth and good humor of Ray Bradbury is wonderfully embodied in the performance of Mr. Mount, who engages the audience with enthusiastic, playful intimacy as he, in the guise of the great Bradbury, expounds on his childhood, his writing methodology, and the universe in general. His performance is a tour-de-force. ...Whether you love Bradbury or never heard of him or read his works, Martians: An Evening With Ray Bradbury is a do-not-miss experience. Take advantage of the opportunity."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


Avatar
"MARTIANS-AN EVENING WITH RAY BRADBURY is a loving tribute to a writer that created tales to astonish, to amaze, to thrill, to live and love, as well as to take warning and heed."

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Avatar
"This is a wonderful show! Charlie Mount wonderfully evokes the spirit and personality of Ray Bradbury. The actors are terrific, as is the staging and theatrical wizardry. Jeff Rack is a remarkable writer/director. You don't need to be a science fiction fan to enjoy this show. Wish I could say more, don't want to spoil the fun!"

sweet - Trey Nichols


Avatar
"Get your ticket to Mars and strap in! Jeff Rack, Charlie Mount & Company mount a wild ride into the Martian mind of the great Ray Bradbury. Ray's unique way of writing comes vividly alive in MARTIANS at Whitfire Theatre. Rack & Mount recreate the child-like thrill of Disneyland's classic MISSION TO MARS by literally blasting the entire theater off to the Red Planet. They take you into the toy-filled office of Ray Bradbury which serves as inspiration to his fantastical tales of desire, wonder, and the cosmic adventure of just being human. Come Mars... MARTIANS await."

sweet - John Strysik


Avatar
"What a fantastic theatrical experience! Charlie Mount totally inhabits the role of Ray Bradbury, not only with a striking physical resemblance, but also captures his sense of humor. The rest of the cast is amazing, playing characters from his short stories about Mars as Mount's Bradbury weaves his tales in real time for the audience. The audio-visual elements, original music and sound design elevate this to a new level of live theatre. Jeff Rack's direction is perfectly on point; his cast captures the feeling of mid 20th Century futurism and science fiction. This completely immersive production feels a lot like something you'd experience at a big theme park rather than a small theater. The Whitefire is the perfect venue to experience this production. If you love science fiction, and the process of writing, imagination, and have unbridled optimism towards the future, you don't want to miss this show!"

sweet - William Joseph Hill


Avatar
"Masterpiece--of the mind and spirit. Dance of dialogue. Stunning show directed by Jeff G. Rack and adapted by Jeff G. Rack and Charlie Mount--who played Ray Bradbury. Congrats again to the wonderful cast and crew for taking me on this Sci-Fi -heartfelt ride!"

sweet - Pamela Hill