Free Open House at L.A.’s Theatricum Botanicum Saturday May 4

For a spectacular free thing do in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 4, celebrate the 40th anniversary one of L.A.’s almost hidden gems — the Theatricum Botanicum!

Tucked away in beautiful Topanga Canyon, the Theatricum Botanicium will celebrate its anniversary with an open house 11 am – 5pm, featuring a full day of food, games, theater and fun for the whole family.

Will Geer Founder of Theatricum BotanicumIt’s not just any old celebration! There are several free mini-classes in juggling, theater games, improv, Elizabethan dance, stage combat and fencing. There will be story telling, garden tours and a photo gallery displaying archival photos.

The day includes a sneak peek of the upcoming five-play summer repertory season and comedy improv from Off the Grid at 3 pm.

This special place owes its vibrant theatrical legacy to actor Will Geer.  Blacklisted during the McCarthy Era, Geer set up a homestead here, opened a theatre for blacklisted actors and folks singers and cultivated a garden so he and his wife could surive by selling fruits and vegetables. Finding successful work as the Grandpa character on the popular TV series The Waltons, Geer was able to further his theatrical reach by forming the non-profit The Will Geer Theatrical Boticanicum.

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