Ever wanted to watch as a major heist unfolds in front of your eyes? Not on film, but actually happening right in front of you?
Thanks to the magic of immersive theatre, you can. Daria Miyeko Marinelli and Elana McKelahan, the playwright and directors of Untameable, respectively, give you that opportunity in a Brooklyn church they’ve converted for the occasion.
Plus, you can see it from both sides: those trying to steal the diamond, and those trying to protect it from the thieves. And while those multiple angles come with an opportunity cost—you’re definitely going to miss some action at some point—that just gives you a great reason to meet and compare notes with your fellow theatre-goers after the show.
Listen in as Daria and Elana discuss fascination with “illegal teamwork movies,” what it takes to act in an immersive show, the opportunities for connection that this style of theatre can provide, and how to invite the audience in by breaking all the rules.
“When people leave a show and they want to talk about it, and they’re really excited about it, it is exciting to me as a creator of the show…”
“…and I love theatre that makes people talk to each other. And it’s kind of impossible to see this show with someone else, and not talk about the experience you have, because you create your own experience…”
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The Unsoft War and Highly Impractical Theatre present
written by Daria Miyeko Marinelli
directed by Elana McKelahan
St Paul’s Hall
334 S. 5th Street
November 4–22, 2015
Saturday, November 21 @2PM
tickets: $0.99–$99, available via BrownPaperTickets
photos by Kabir Chopra