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Off-Broadway News Twenty-Sided Tavern Sets Off-Broadway Bow

The production blends the worlds of tabletop roleplay games and theatre to create an interactive experience.

The Twenty-Sided Tavern at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse Amy Boyle

The Twenty-Sided Tavern will premiere Off-Broadway at Stage 42 later this spring.

Beginning performances April 19, the officially licensed Dungeons and Dragons live experience will officially open May 5. The production unites Hasbro, Curious Hedgehog, Showpath Entertainment, and Wizards of the Coast to bring the tabletop adventure game to the stage.

The Twenty-Sided Tavern is an improvised quest play. Relying on audience participation, each performance is uniquely tailored to decisions made by audience members on their phones using patented software from Gamiotics. Audience members choose which characters will appear each evening, as well as which paths they will take, and which decisions they will make along the journey. The in-mobile-browser platform does not require any special equipment, instead running on audience members' phones.

READ: How The Twenty-Sided Tavern Lets Audiences Choose Their Own Adventure

The show originally premiered at The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, later playing runs in Chicago and at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

While the production naturally appeals to Dungeons and Dragons players, knowledge of the tabletop roleplay world is not required, as the structure of the game is communicated within the show. 

Created by David Andrew Laws, Sarah Reynolds, and David Carpenter, The Twenty Sided Tavern is written by Laws. The game design is by Reynolds. Casting for the Off-Broadway premiere will be announced at a later date.

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