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Interactive Show SOCIAL ALCHEMIX LIVE Returns In 2022

The upcoming presentations will take place on Monday nights at two intimate venues.

Interactive Show SOCIAL ALCHEMIX LIVE Returns In 2022

SOCIAL ALCHEMIX (LIVE!) - an intoxicating hybrid of intimate game night, storytelling, and aligned serendipity, conceived, designed, and hosted by cocktail guru and performer Wil Petre returns to live performances in 2022. Originally called A Cocktail Party Social Experiment, the show inspires audiences to join conversations prompted by a deck of alchemical cards and enjoy tasty libations while going deeper into meaningful exchange of thoughts. In 2022, SOCIAL ALCHEMIX (LIVE!) resurfaces after the pandemic isolation and brings more interactive fun, plus a deck of cards the viewers can purchase at the show or online.

The upcoming events will take place on Monday nights throughout 2022 at two intimate venues: Threes Franklin (113 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY) and Caveat (21 A Clinton Street, Manhattan). Times vary; visit the website for details. Tickets are $18 online/$22 at the door and can be purchased at

SOCIAL ALCHEMIX is a brainchild of the theatre artist and storyteller Wil Petre who, together with his partner, graphic designer Chiaki Murata, created a deck of unique, alchemy-inspired cards and book of instructions that provide prompts for meaningful conversation. The set was a centerpiece of Petre's participatory live performance series A Cocktail Party Social Experiment, which debuted in 2019 and enjoyed a successful run in NYC before going digital with the onset of COVID pandemic in 2020. Now, redefined and improved, the show returns to live performances. At an intimate club setting, everybody is asked to turn off their cell phones for the duration of the event; to enter the shared space, skip the small talk, and get into the good stuff. The host invites the participants to draw from an alchemical deck of tarot-like cards which in turn generate conversation prompts - questions such as: "What rules are meant to be broken?" or "How would you like to be remembered?" The evening evolves into an afterparty, at which the cards and game are no longer necessary, as guests have slipped into the part of the evening we all love, feeling more connected to one another.

"This game and show certainly had weight pre-pandemic. Feelings of isolation due to this hyper-connected hustle-culture. The past two years only seemed to underline these issues. As a country we're as divided as ever, and after months of lockdown, we're incredibly rusty when meeting new people. If ever there was a need for an evening of permission, not only to share our stories, but to deeply listen, listen longer than we are used to, that time is now. To feel reconnected to the human tapestry," says Petre, whose first-hand knowledge of how meaningful and healing a conversation comes from years of experience as an NYC bartender.

In 2022, Petre and Murata's longstanding dream of making SOCIAL ALCHEMIX available for participants to own finally came true. This unique set of cards and book of questions are $28 and can be purchased at the show or online at

Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 and ID (21+) will be required at the door at all events. All staff are fully vaccinated. Masks are welcomed but not required. The audience will be drinking and conversing in close quarters where social distancing may not always be possible, but please alert staff if you would like to sit with more distance between guests.

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