After a sold out 5-week run in Brooklyn and an additional 2-week extension, Third Rail Projects will extend its acclaimed production of THEN SHE FELL through January 6. This immersive theater event is inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland). It is written, directed, designed and choreographed by Zach Morris with Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett and in collaboration with The Company.
THEN SHE FELL is a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which 15 audience members at a time 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.
THEN SHE FELL 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 (Elsewhere, Pour). Renowned mixologist Kathy Hubler (GM and Director of Beverage at WONG Restaurant), has custom designed 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. (groundworksgardens.com), led by Carmen DeVito and Alice Marcus Krieg, has also created an outdoor landscape design for the hospital courtyard as well as surprising arrangements within the world of the performance.
Featured collaborators of The Company 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 Schieber; Production Manager/Event Producer Debra Stunich; Sound Designer and Composer Sean Hagerty; Costume Designer Karen Young; Lighting Designer Kryssy Wright; Beverage Consultant Sarah Sutel; and Collaborating Musicians Brian Olin and Isaiah Singer. Joining the company for the extension are performers Carlton C. Ward, Lindsey Dietz-Marchant, Roxanne Kidd, and Jesse Smith.
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.
THEN SHE FELL runs through January 6, Tuesday–Sunday, two performances a night, at 7:30PM and 10:30PM. A complete schedule is at thenshefell.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). Tickets range from $95 - $105, available at www.thenshefell.com. Performances begin promptly and there is absolutely no late admittance. There are no refunds. Admittance is strictly limited to audience members over 21 years of age; all audience members must bring valid government-issued photo IDs. The performance lasts roughly 2 hours without intermission. Because of the immersive nature of this piece, audiences may be standing for several minutes at a time over the course of the performance. Audiences are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. This performance is not recommended for audience members who are not comfortable standing, walking, or being alone.