Top 10 of 2012. One of "this year's most memorable productions." -- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
4 Stars " When you peer into the looking glass, it stares right back at you." -- Time Out
"Fiendishly clever… an experience you won't soon forget. Brilliantly designed and directed." -- New York Post
"A thoroughly disorienting and delightful experience." -- Huffington Post
"Not your average night of theater… If you can get your hands on a ticket, we advise that you take the chance to escape your usual passive play perspective and tarry down this rabbit hole." -- Metro
"Finally, Punchdrunk’s immersive revolution and smash success Sleep No More has found a worthy competitor."-- Showbusiness Weekly
Third Rail Projects continues its critically acclaimed production of THEN SHE FELL, an 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, Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett and in collaboration with The Company. Performances take place at The Kingsland Ward at St. Johns, a century-old institutional facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that allows the action to play out on 3 floors.
THEN SHE FELL is a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which only 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). Macari Winery of Mattituck, NY (macariwines.com) 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 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.”
The Company includes: performers Rachel I. Berman, Carly Berrett, Lia Bonfilio, Elizabeth Carena, Alberto Denis, Lindsey Dietz-Marchant, Stacie C. Fields, Brighid Greene, Carolyn Hall, Julia Kelly, Roxanne Kidd, Madison Krekel, Mary Madsen, Chris Masters, Josh Matthews, Aaron Mattocks, Rebekah Morin, Zach Morris, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Tara O'Con, Tom Pearson, Joshua Reaver, Edward Rice, Zoë Schieber, Jessy Smith, Simon Thomas-Train, Niko Tsocanos, Carlton C. Ward, and Jennine Willett; Production Manager Debra Beardsley; Stage Manager
John Nehlich; Assistant Stage Managers Kate Black and Kristina Vnook; Production Assistants TJ Burleson, Jared Douglas, Katie Galaro, Samantha Gass, and Jordan
Muller; Sound Designer and Composer Sean Hagerty; Costume Designer Karen Young; Lighting Designer Kryssy Wright.
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. For more info, visit www.thirdrailprojects.com.
THEN SHE FELL runs performances Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30pm & 10:30pm. Tickets are $95 - $135, available at www.thenshefell.com. Private events are also available; visit the website for more information on private events. The Kingsland Ward at St. Johns is located 195 Maujer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (just 2 blocks off of the L train at Grand Street). Performances begin promptly and there is absolutely no late admittance and no refunds. Admittance is strictly limited to audience members 21 years of age and over; 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 significant periods of 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, climbing stairs or being alone. For more information call 718-374-5196.
THEN SHE FELL is made possible, in part, with support from Arts@Renaissance and St. Nicks Alliance; The Brooklyn Community Foundation; New York City Council Member Diana Reyna; Official Wine Sponsor, Macari Wines; Materials for the Arts/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Sanitation; T. Edward Wines; Groundworks Inc.; Beverage Consultant Sarah Sutel, Mixologist Kathy Hubler (Wong), Chefs Megan Johnson and Leigh Friend (Casellula); New York Costumes; The [QuA2D] Art Mill Residency in Jeffersonville, NY provided by Daniel Castellanos & John Wenk; NYC Dance Response Fund, a program of Dance/NYC established by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Third Rail's fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas; and by Third Rail Projects, with support from individual and institutional donors, and volunteers. Third Rail Projects also extends its sincerest gratitude to Arts Brookfield for its significant support throughout the development of Then She Fell.