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Alan Neal Hubbs dies at 63

Was artistic director of Pandemonium Theater

Alan Neal Hubbs, longtime artistic director of Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company, died June 9 of a pulmonary embolism. He was 63.

Born near Cinnaminson, N.J., Hubbs attended USC, where he formed two key artistic associations. One was with fantasy author Ray Bradbury. Hubbs directed the first stage adaptation of Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles” in 1970.

Hubbs also formed an artistic partnership with John Edward Blankenchip, founder of Festival Theatre USC-USA, a group of students and alumni that performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and toured elsewhere in Europe. Hubbs spent much of the next three decades in Europe, directing, acting, designing and writing. Among his many credits there were the European premiere of “The Martian Chronicles” in 1975, the world premiere of Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” in 1994, Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot,” Edward Albee’s “Seascape,” Gore Vidal’s “Myra Breckenridge” and Hubbs’ own “Revue U.S.”

Returning to the U.S. in 2001, he joined Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theater Company in Los Angeles, becoming artistic director in 2004 after the death of his predecessor, Charles Rome Smith. Hubbs appeared in “Bradbury: Past, Present and Future” in 2002 at the Court Theater, where he also directed Bradbury’s “Let’s All Kill Constance,” and then helmed the inaugural mainstage attraction at Edgemar Center for the Arts, “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” Blankenchip was production designer for the latter two shows and remained Hubbs’ designer of choice until Blankenchip died in 2009.

After the Court shuttered, Hubbs directed Bradbury’s “Almost Midnight” in North Hollywood and then moved Pandemonium to Fremont Center Theater in South Pasadena, where it remained for years. While there, Hubbs directed “Green Town,” “Dandelion Wine,” Autumn People,” “Invisible Boy,” “Yestermorrows,” “The Machineries of Joy,” “Leviathan ’99,” “A Ray Bradbury Christmas,” a 2008 production of “Fahrenheit 451” that ran for seven months and a long-running production of “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.”

In addition to directing, Hubbs was a performer in musicals in regional theater, including several shows with Downey Civic Light Opera.

He leaves no immediate survivors.

A memorial celebration of Hubbs’ life will take place at Fremont Center Theater, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.

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