Monday, August 6, 2007

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The second Shakespeare-in-the-Cemetery play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, will debut August 10 and play through Sept. 2.

Shakespeare-in-the-Cemetery? As in Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Santa Monica Blvd, resting place of Jayne Mansfield and Rudolf Valentino? Yes.

Tickets are cheap; ambience is free. The company website says:

In 1998, the Cassity family acquired Hollywood FOREVER Cemetery and Funeral Home, Los Angeles’s oldest cemetery and the resting-place of Valentino, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, and hundreds of other Hollywood luminaries. Hollywood was established in 1900 with 60 acres developed including 5 mausoleums . . . . invites audiences "to arrive early, bring a picnic dinner to enjoy, a blanket to sit on and friends with which to share an inspiring evening. " Cost is $20.

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