Arts@Renaissance presents the World Premiere of Third Rail Projects' THEN SHE FELL, an immersive theater event inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland). Performances begin October 3 at Arts@Renaissance, the Garden Level of the former Greenpoint Hospital, run by St Nicks Alliance. Opening night is slated for October 6.
THEN SHE FELL is a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which audience members explore a dreamlike world where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into lushly designed performance space. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll, it offers an 'Alice-like' experience for audience members as they explore the rooms, often by themselves, in order to discover hidden scenes; encounter performers one-on-one; unearth clues that illuminate a shrouded history; use skeleton keys to gain access to guarded secrets; and imbibe elixirs custom designed by one of NYC's foremost mixologists.
Set inside the former outpatient wing of what was once Brooklyn's Greenpoint Hospital, THEN SHE FELL pays homage to the hospital's history and evokes the inner, psychological landscapes of Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell, and iconic characters from Carroll's texts. Every aspect of each audience member's experience has been meticulously designed, from lush environments to the smells, tastes, and objects, that they discover as they explore and unravel a narrative that balances dream, reality, fact, and fiction.
During the performance, audiences are given the opportunity to imbibe specially designed elixirs crafted from gourmet-caliber wines, teas, herbs and infusions selected by noted sommelier and beverage consultant Sarah Sutel. Macari Winery of Mattituck, NY is the project's official wine sponsor, and their '09 Estate Chardonnay and the NV 'Sette were selected by Sutel to be paired with particular moments in the performance. Renowned mixologist Kathy Hubler (GM and Director of Beverage at WONG Restaurant), will custom design concoctions based on the sponsored wines and inspired by the themes and imagery of THEN SHE FELL, served to the audience in small vials marked "Drink Me."
Brooklyn urban garden design firm Groundworks Inc., led by Carmen DeVito and Alice Marcus Krieg, will also create an outdoor landscape design for the hospital courtyard as well as surprising arrangements within the world of the performance.
Featured Collaborators include: performers Elizabeth Carena, Alberto Denis, Stacie C. Fields, Rebekah Morin, Tara O'Con, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Jennine Willett, Tom Pearson, Zach Morris, and Zoë Scheiber; Production Manager/Event Producer Debra Stunich; Sound Designer and Composer Sean Hagerty; Environment & Interactive Design Consultant Christopher Cummings; Costume Designer Karen Young; Lighting Design Consultant Kryssy Wright; Beverage Consultant Sarah Sutel; and Collaborating Musicians Brian Olin and Isaiah Singer.
Led by Artistic Directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett, Third Rail Projects is a Bessie Award-winning company dedicated to re-framing dance and performance and bringing art to the public through an array of media and within a variety of contexts including site-specific performances, dance theater, installation art, video and multi-media projects, and immersive performance environments. THEN SHE FELL is a synthesis of the company's 10+ years working in these formats and is its most ambitious project to-date as well as a direct outgrowth of its wildly successful Steampunk Haunted House (2009–2011. More info at thirdrailprojects.com.
Arts@Renaissance is an innovative 4,500 square foot arts space in the restored outpatient building of the Greenpoint Hospital that serves as a bridge between North Brooklyn's vibrant long-term communities and the area's emerging creative population through the development of new multi-disciplinary work, residencies, workshops, and collaborative neighborhood art projects. More information at renaissancenbk.org.
THEN SHE FELL runs October 3–November 18, Wednesday–Sunday at 7:30PM and select late-night 10:30PM performances. A complete schedule is at thirdrailprojects.com. Arts@Renaissance is located at the Garden Level of the former Greenpoint Hospital, 2 Kingsland Ave (just off the Graham Avenue L stop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn).