Arcane Theatreworks is dedicated to fantastical theatre productions that move the mind, heart and soul. We are story-tellers in the mold of Bradbury, Verne, Poe, and Lovecraft.
Our mission is to create such a union by producing electrifying evenings of theatre full of magic, outre’ themes, bold writing and exciting visuals that will thrill and elevate the public.
INVASION OF THE POD PEOPLE - From Captain Nemo to Captain Kirk. From Jules Verne to Ray Bradbury. From The Island of Dr. Moreau to a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Join your hosts Charlie Mount and Jeff G. Rack of Arcane Theatreworks and “Theatre of the Mind” for a podcast about the weird and fantastical worlds of Sci-Fi, Horror, Mystery and Fantasy.
Show 1 - Frankenstein
In print, on stage and on screen there have been countless interpretations of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror classic Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. Charlie and Jeff compare and contrast many of the best know versions, and a few of the unknown.
Jeff has worked in many different areas of the film and entertainment industry over the last twenty-five years, but whether he’s writing, designing, or directing, Jeff approaches all his work as a storyteller. As an Art Director for films and commercials, and as an EFX artist, Jeff’s work can be seen in many films, including: Armageddon, Con-Air, Flubber, Mighty Joe Young, Kundun, and Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. Probably best known to Los Angeles theater patrons for his award-winning set designs, Jeff has designed and built over 150 productions from Santa Barbara to Edinburgh, Scotland, and recently received an L.A. Weekly Award for his work on Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage. Jeff is also one of the Artistic Directors and Producers of Unbound Productions. It’s very successful flagship production, Wicked Lit, takes classic horror literature and presents it theatrically in alternative venues. This years sold out run was performed within and on the grounds of the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, Ca. Shows he has adapted and directed for Unbound include: H. P. Lovecraft’s The Unnamable, and The Lurking Fear, Sleepy Hollow, The Dead Smile, The Yellow Wallpaper, Dracula’s Guest and Robert E. Howard’s Pigeons From Hell. Jeff also directed a very unique production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which used the very effective theatrical device of having four actors (3 men and 1 woman) portray the elusive and metaphysical Mr. Hyde. Other shows Jeff has directed are PEN, and The Mystery Plays. He was thrilled to direct two of Rod Serling’s original Twilight Zone episodes for Theatre West in Hollywood, which are still talked about and even received high praise from Carol Serling. Jeff was also a finalist in The 2008 Rod Serling Short Feature Scriptwriting Competition with his entry, No Totos.
Jeff G. Rack, Co-Artistic Director
Charlie served as the Artistic Director for the critically acclaimed Chestnuts Theatre Program at Theatre West where he produced the LA Premier of Requiem for a Heavyweight, and The Lion in Winter with Jim Beaver, as well as directing Betty Garrett in Waiting in the Wings and earning an Ovation nomination for his staging of Waiting For Lefty. Charlie directed Beau Bridges in the original production of Acting - The First Six Lessons, his own plays The Leather Apron Club, The Spirits of Walpurgisnacht and Against The Wall, co-produced with Ray Bradbury and his Pandemonium Theatre a production of Falling Upward with Pat Harrington, Jim Beaver’s play Verdigris and Lee Meriwether in The Women of Spoon River. Other plays written by Charlie include Trumpets and Table-Tipping produced at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills and The Junto at The Road Theatre. Originally from New York Charlie Mount developed his comedy/magic act at Manhattan’s famed Magic Towne House and became a regular at the world famous Comedy Cellar working with other newcomers like Jon Stewart, Ray Romano, Dennis Miller Colin Quinn and Chris Rock and was featured on the TV special Magic’s Greatest Illusions re-creating Houdini’s famous East Indian Needle Mystery. Charlie is a member of Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle.
Charlie Mount, Co-Artistic Director
Arcane was formed in 2018, but Charlie and Jeff have a long history of writing, producing, designing and directing great theatre productions in LA. Below is a gallery showing just a few of their critically acclaimed productions,
Jeff G. Rack and Charlie Mount