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“Pillar of Fire”

“Pillar of Fire” An Encore Performance of Ray Bradbury’s “Pillar of Fire”, a precursor to “Fahrenheit 451”, will be performed by Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Oberst Jr. on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7 pm  in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room.

The free event is part of the “One Book,  One City” Big Read project focusing on Bradbury.

Last August, Oberst performed a virtuoso ‘unplugged”  version of the show in the Library Park after an unplanned power outage hit the entire Library earlier in the day. Without the lighting, amplified sound, or the recorded voices that were planned, Bill earned a huge standing ovation. The March 24 performance will include the special effects that couldn’t be utilized last August—as well as Oberst’s intense dramatic fireworks.
Oberst, who performs around the world, will be traveling from South Carolina to South Pasadena to perform the dynamic “Pillar of Fire” which was selected as the “Best Solo Show” of 2015 in Los Angeles by BitterLemons. It also won the Platinum Award of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Draped in a charred and torn garment, Bill will portray William Lantry who is awakened from the grave in 2349, at a time in which the earth has been cleansed of scary stories and Halloween. The government decides to destroy the last remaining graveyard and digs up Lantry, who represents all that is absent from the sterile world.
When he was in middle school Ray Bradbury’s powerful writing changed Bill Oberst’s entire life when he read the short story collection, “S Is For Space”. Oberst has gone on to become a renowned stage, film and television actor, most known for his work in horror and cult films. His career includes projects in film, television and one-man-show theater performances. Oberst’s role as the creepy 'Facebook Stalker' in the online interactive video film “Take This Lollipop” brought him widespread attention after the project received multiple Webby Awards nominations, three awards at SXSW, and a 2012 Daytime Emmy Award.
In addition, Oberst has received heaps of popular and critical kudos for his many theatrical portrayals of historical figures, including Jesus, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. Oberst has also created the one man show “Stand Up! When Comedy Was Funny”, which featured the classic comedy routines of Rodney Dangerfield, Bob Newhart, Woody Allen and Moms Mabley. Since 2008, Oberst has appeared in over 100 independent film and TV projects, including “Criminal Minds”.
The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Admission is free and no tickets or reservations are needed. The Library is only about a block away from the South Pasadena Gold Line Station and free parking is available at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage, located at 805 Meridian Avenue next to the Metro Gold Line Station.

Presenter / Producer: South Pasadena Public Library

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Theater > Drama

Event Phone: 626-403-7335

South Pasadena Public Library Community Room
1115 El Centro Street
South Pasadena CA 91030

Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley

Performance Dates: 3/24/2017
Friday, 03/24/2017

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