Then She Fell, Immersive Theatre Inspired by "Alice in Wonderland," Wins New York Dance and Performance Award

News   Then She Fell, Immersive Theatre Inspired by "Alice in Wonderland," Wins New York Dance and Performance Award Then She Fell, the immersive theatre experience inspired by "Alice in Wonderland," has received the 2013 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for Outstanding Production Performed in a Small Capacity Venue. The production also celebrates its one-year anniversary the week of Oct. 11.

Written, directed, designed and choreographed by Zach Morris, Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett in collaboration with The Company, Then She Fell is staged at The Kingsland Ward at St. Johns, a century-old institutional building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that allows the action to play out on three floors.

The company includes 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.

"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," press notes state. "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."

Inspired by the invitation in "Alice in Wonderland" to "Drink Me," the audiences are offered elixirs crafted from wines, teas, herbs and infusions selected by sommelier and beverage consultant Sarah Sutel. Macari Winery of Mattituck, NY, is the project's official wine sponsor. The concoctions are designed by mixologist Kathy Hubler.

The creative team includes Kryssy Wright (lighting designer), Karen Young (costume designer) and Sean Hagerty (sound designer and composer). TJ Burleson, Jared Douglas, Katie Galaro, Samantha Gass and Jordan Muller are production assistants; Kate Black and Kristina Vnook are assistant stage managers; John Nehlich is stage manager; and Debra Beardsley is production manager. More information is available by visiting thenshefell.com.

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