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Immersive Theatre Premiere October 24th - November 10th
By: Rebel and Misfits Productions
St. Louisans will be the first to see this immersive interpretation before Rebel and Misfits Productions takes it to other cities. For those who saw their production of Hamlet: See What I See, this is not entirely dissimilar, however the style and the scope are entirely different. Artistic Director Kelly Hummert explains, "This one is extremely modern, sexy, dangerous, and personal. The amount of immersive rules will be ramped up, and because of that, this will feel like a brand-new experience. Instead of following the rules of the past, we will lean in to certain topical themes (both political and specific to St. Louis) and directly addressing them. Each character has a full and complete backstory, which will leave you rooting for some more than others while learning something new about yourself, whether you like it or not. Our hope is that you leave feeling differently, or perhaps more clearly, about the world you are re-entering."
Having seen this play more times than she can count and been in it four times, Hummert still feels like no one has quite unlocked it. "We very much plan on unlocking it. And that can't be done in a vacuum. We are relying heavily on the audience to trust us and go along for the ride. The way we are presenting it gives the audience a complete backstory for these characters who inhabit it. We learn deep and dark secrets about them, and it gives so much credence to the action, the why. By working inside-out, we are able to give this play a life it deserves but has never had."
One of Hummert's favorite pieces of Shakespeare, the issue for her is its brevity. "We are asked to accept the action and the words that are presented to us. For me, that has never been enough. I want to know these people more intimately. I need more history in order to suspend my disbelief and really take the ride. So, we decided, let's start there. Let's actually create a deep and twisted history for ALL of characters, and see how we can tell this story in a completely original way. I've talked to people who have worked on this show in some capacity 70 - 100 times. They all say that the concepts I am presenting are a 'first' for them. That no one has told this story from this kind of lens. And I am very excited about that. I can say for certain that if you think you know this story, you will be shocked and surprised by what we have created and will present. Nothing is what it once was or what it seems."
The cast includes Sean Patrick Higgins, Jeffrey Cummings, Spencer Sickmann, Reginald Pierre, Paul Cereghino, Shane Signorino, Kelly Hummert, Aarya Locker, Phil Leveling, Patrice Foster, Joel Antony, Hailey Medrano, Tyler Cheatem, Cynthia Pohlson, Ali Linderer, Kevin Corpuz and Jordan Woods. In true immersive theatre form, the play will be co-directed by Kelly Hummert, Sean Patrick Higgins with Jordan Woods assisting.
Follow along as Rebel and Misfits Productions host a city-wide scavenger hunt. Rocks with clues will be hidden throughout the city and clues will be revealed on their Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as their website at www.rebelandmisfitsproductions.com. The play itself will be revealed two weeks before they open.
Tickets will go on sale October 1st at http://www.rebelandmisfitsproductions.com/