Ray Bradbury is appearing at the Civic Arts Plaza on Tuesday, but he won’t be singing, dancing or telling jokes.
The renown fantasist will be honored by Hollywood celebrities to mark his 75th birthday. Stars such as Shelly Long, Jon Voight and Rod Steiger will read from Bradbury’s works, which include “The Martian Chronicles,” “Fahrenheit 451" and “Dandelion Wine.” The readings will be staged and interspersed with music, says Norman Corwin, a well-known writer/producer who is creating the show.
“This won’t be just a shower of celebrities,” Corwin says. “I don’t believe in that kind of confetti. The pieces will accommodate the talent of each participant. The mode of staging will be simple but effective.”
Corwin, 85, is a longtime friend and fan of Bradbury. “I know of no talent as much at home in mixed media,” Corwin says. “Books, plays, TV, movies, poetry, articles. His batting average has been extra high. And Ray is still firing from all turrets at 75.”
The event is a fund-raiser for the Thousand Oaks Library, which was badly damaged by the Northridge earthquake. Both Corwin and Bradbury store their works in the library’s archives.
* Ray Bradbury tribute, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Civic Arts Plaza Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; $25-$75; 499-ARTS.