Friends of the Altadena Library and The Moveable Theatre Company announce the world premiere staged reading of the winning entry from the Zane Grey Playwriting Contest: “Surprise Valley” by Mary Casey.
and reception will take place Sat., May 1, 2010 at the former home
of famed western author Zane Grey in Altadena at 4 PM.
The competition asked authors to write a dramatization about the life of long-time Altadena resident, famed author Zane Grey. Zane Grey (January 31, 1872 - – October 23, 1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West. Zane Grey and his wife Dolly moved to California in 1918.
In 1920 they
located in Altadena, California, where Grey bought a prominent mansion
on East Mariposa Street, known locally as "Millionaire's Row".
Designed by architects Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey (no relation to the
author), the 1907 Mediterranean style house is acclaimed as the first
fireproof home in Altadena, built entirely of reinforced concrete as
prescribed by the first owner's wife. Grey summed up his feelings for
Altadena with this quote: "In Altadena, I have found those qualities
that make life worth living." In 1926 Mrs. Grey helped establish
the Altadena Library District, and was its first Board President.
Tickets are $75
and include a catered reception, performance and a question & answer
session immediately following with the author, cast and director.
All proceeds will benefit the expansion of the Altadena Library.