I can finally tell you what I’ve spent much of 2013 working on. I was a contributor to, and eventually Associate Head Writer of, a new immersive theatrical event coming to San Francisco. It’s being produced by Boxcar Theatre and it’s…well, let’s quote from the Broadway World article:
Conceived and created by Boxcar Artistic Director Nick A. Olivero, “The Speakeasy” recreates an authentic Prohibition-era saloon, complete with period cocktails, craps tables, roulette and a backroom cabaret. Inside its multiple rooms unfolds a fully immersive theatrical experience involving more than 35 actors, singers and musicians. Together they lead audiences back to a time poised precariously between two great calamities, World War I and the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
“The Speakeasy” combines the writing talents of Barry Eitel and Tim Bauer, with assistance from Bennett Fisher, Geof Libby, Olivero, Peter Ruocco and Miriam Wilson. Olivero and Ruocco direct, with music direction by Grace Renaud and choreography by Kelsey Bergstrom.
It’s been a complete blast contributing to this insane project, even when I was staying up way too late struggling to pull together a huge minute-by-minute spreadsheet of where all 35 characters were meant to be throughout the entire evening. You should most definitely check it out.
Here’s the deal, though. In keeping with the rules of 1920s speakeasies, the location will remain undisclosed until the night of the performance, when you will get a text telling you how you’ll be admitted. So your first step is to head over to thespeakeasysf.com and get your name on the list. The show runs from January 10 to March 15, and tickets are already on sale.