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Submersive to Relaunch H.T. DARLING'S INCREDIBLE MUSAEUM

Baltimore's renowned immersive theater company Submersive Productions announces the relaunch of their sell-out spring show, H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Acquisitions from the Perisphere. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 16 to Dec. 17 at the historic Peale Center at 225 Holliday St. in Baltimore.

H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum and Submersive recently won three combined 2017 Best of Baltimore awards from Baltimore magazine and City Paper. Accolades include BEST ONE-OF-A-KIND THEATER COMPANY (Baltimore magazine), BEST ACTOR (for the entire ensemble; City Paper), and BEST PROPOSAL TO MY MOM (City Paper).

The relaunch of the award-winning show features the same cast, but includes new story lines and new creatures . "So many audience members expressed their delight regarding the interactions they had with the puppet creatures in the show," said puppeteer and Submersive Co-Artistic Director Ursula Marcum. "We wanted to expand the opportunities for engagement, so we've added two more puppeteers to bring new specimens to life." The run will also include special events, such as a family day, cocktail party fundraiser and end-of-run auction of the art created for the show.

The fully immersive experience centers on explorer H.T. Darling and his team as they present a showcase of artifacts brought back from an expedition to the planet of New Galapagos. Audience members choose their own path through the evening's events, and may take part in a champagne toast, tour a Grand Exhibition Hall, witness the unveiling of the planet's newly discovered species and explore more than a dozen rooms in the Peale Center in downtown Baltimore.

Created by a team of more than 20 Baltimore artists, the performance and installation activates all four floors of The Peale Center. (Not coincidentally, The Peale is the first building in the country built to be a museum.) Each room has a unique purpose and offers audience members the chance to uncover details of a many-faceted narrative.

Performances of H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum will be at 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, and at 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $20-$55, and can be purchased at www.submersiveproductions.com.

Check out a trailer for the show below!


Submersive Artistic Directors Ursula Marcum and Glenn Ricci are producers, with Ricci, Lisi Stoessel and Susan Stroupe directing.

The same cast is returning, and includes Francisco Benavides, David Brasington, Emily Hall, Martha Robichaud, Trustina Sabah, Lisi Stoessel, Sarah OlmsTEd Thomas and Alex Vernon. Original puppeteers Ursula Marcum and Jess Rassp will be joined by Jessie Delaplaine and Kim Le for the remount. Marie Claire Macadar and Kathy Vary will also join the cast as Museum Guards.

Artists creating the world of New Galapagos and the Musaeum include set and puppet fabricators Lisi Stoessel, Ursula Marcum, Jessie Delaplaine, Kim Le, Chris Reuther, Samantha Kuczynski, Alessandra Torres, Francisco Benavides, Jess Rassp, Alex Vernon, Brook Tobey, and Jack Higgins; visual artists Laure Drogoul, Jonathan Latiano, Robert Marbury, Lynne Parks, Chris Siron, and James Taylor; sound designer Glenn Ricci; lighting designer James Johnson; and costume designers Stephanie Parks and Ben Kress. The team also includes movement coach Dody DiSanto, and stage manager Brad Norris.

Submersive Productions is a collaborative artworks company that combines artistic disciplines to create memorable and profound audience experiences. The company was formed in 2015 to produce the Spring and Fall editions of The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House at the Maryland Historical Society. That production was the longest-running immersive theater experience in Baltimore history, and earned a Best of Baltimore award for "Best Theater Experience" from the Baltimore City Paper. Submersive seeks to create artworks that utilize unused, underused, or unusual spaces that reflect the architectural fabric of the city. For more information, visit www.submersiveproductions.com.

The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture at 225 Holliday St. in Baltimore is a 501©3 tax-exempt, non-profit corporation. It began as Friends of the Peale in 2008 with the purpose of raising the funds to restore and reopen the historic Peale Museum building. In June 2012, the Friends of the Peale and the Baltimore History Center at the Peale, a Maryland non-profit corporation formed by Judge John Carroll Byrnes, joined forces as The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture.The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture will renovate and re-use the Peale Museum building for various programs and exhibits. For more information, visit www.thepealecenter.org.



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