"Passage Into Fear"
at The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park!
Pictured: Nella Lewark (L) and Amber Stroyer (R), part of our ensemble cast
The "Passage Into Fear" production donated a significant
portion of seats
to VETS 100% free-of-charge!
"Passage Into Fear," is a mystery thriller
in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie set
the waning days of World War I.
"Passage" shows largely benefitted the
Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
in conjunction with
the hundred-year anniversary
of the Great War.
"The Veterans Museum is the perfect West Coast location for Passage,"
said the play's writer/director Charles Caratti (also playwright/director
of "It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol," "All the Time in the World,"
and "Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens"). "The audience, literally
by history on every side, will feel as if they've actually walked inside the show."
"Passage Into Fear" is set onboard a transcontinental passenger
train traveling from Venice, Italy to Zurich, Switzerland during the waning
days of World War I. An elderly dowager, Mrs. Lillian Merriweather, boards
the train insisting she knows of a sinister plot with vast international repercussions,
then promptly disappears. Other characters include a young American woman
on a final fling in Venice before returning home to be unhappily married,
a pugnacious 6-year-old war orphan, a Member of Parliament and his daughter,
a pair of Spanish gypsys who have wandered the continent most of their lives, a sinister
Austrian doctor hiding an immense secret, and a ruthless German countess bent
on achieving her evil ends no matter who gets in her way. The solution to
Miss Merriweather's disappearance ultimately has it roots in understanding
the very causes and history of the war itself.
Just a few comments from reviewers and attendees of past shows:
"Action, humor, drama, twists and
-- this show has it all!"
-- Peter Rayman ("Passage Into Fear")
"A smart presentation -- and possibly the most
pleasant history lesson I've ever had!"
-- Rick Marian ("Passage Into Fear")
"This show is fabulous!"
-- Diane Cunningham ("Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens")
"So much fun! Even our KIDS loved it!"
-- Kyle Jannet ("It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol")
"We all had a great time! And that little
in the show; what a doll!"
-- Janice Dayle ("Passage Into Fear")
"It felt like we were INSIDE a movie!"
-- Deanna and Ronnie Beale ("All the Time in the World")
"Caratti's love letter to a time gone by."
-- The North County Times ("All the Time in the World")
"The California Center for the Arts was the
perfect venue for a show this good!"
-- Martin Franz ("It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol")
"I've seen previous productions of Passage Into Fear
but this is by far the best... Excellent acting
fantastic visual and sound effects. All in all,
it's a wonderful theatrical experience."
-- Mel Alpert ("Passage Into Fear")
"This is just the right show for someone who
says they don't normally enjoy theater."
-- Jack Brell ("It's a Wonderful Christmas Carol")