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SHHH...IT'S A SPEAKEASY to Return to the Great Room Next Month


SHHH...IT'S A SPEAKEASY to Return to the Great Room Next Month

Rising Sun Performance Company's Founding Artistic Director Akia announced today that they will be bringing back its annual fan favorite for its 7th year. "Shhh... It's a Speakeasy" will make its return on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 for one night only.

Returning to the beautiful and historic Great Room at the Alliance of Residence Theatre's South Oxford Space, RSP is setting the stage for it's infamous immersive theatrical experience. The event originally began at the notorious UNDER St. Marks Theatre for several years, and at Theatre Lab in Manhattan before moving to Brooklyn two years ago for the annual event.

Set in an immersive & interactive party environment, audience members can dance, mingle and play with the sordid characters of the 1920s underworld. Set in Charley's nightclub, audience members unfold the mystery of Charley's disappearance; have run ins with business rivals, card sharks, dancing girls, ladies of the night and rich patrons. Watch from afar or play along, attendees will also have opportunities to win at casino style games of chance with fabulous prizes, learn the Charleston and perhaps help some star crossed lovers along the way...

Shhh... It's a Speakeasy is conceived and directed by Akia, Choreography & Musical Direction by Ashleigh Herndon and will feature the talents of RSP's critically acclaimed and award-winning ensemble and guest artists.



Friday, November 3rd

A.R.T NY South Oxford
The Great Room
138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
C Train to Lafayette (Brooklyn)
Or B/Q To Barclay Center

Doors Open at 7PM
"Ante Up" at 7:30PM

Tickets are $20 to $100 and are available online at or

Dress to Impress, 1920s style dress encouraged but not required.
This event is 21 yrs. and older for entry.


Rising Sun Performance Company is a vital part of the Off-Off Broadway landscape; being one of the longest running ensemble companies at our producing level in NYC. Founded in September of 2001, RISING SUN PERFORMANCE COMPANY (RSP) is dedicated to producing ensemble-based work. It is run by artists for artists to allow them to create their own opportunities instead of their opportunities creating them. RSP is the full time artistic home for a wide range of theatre artists, including actors, writers, directors, designers, singers, and dancers. 2017 RSP's 16th producing season, culminating in 100 plus productions and events. This includes the development of countless NYC and World debut plays, over 70 One Act Plays as part our annual series, 3 musical cabaret series, free outdoor performances, children's theatre, immersive themed theatrical experiences and its trademark revivals, including sold out critically acclaimed hits: Goodnight Lovin' Trail, The Shape of Things, An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, Hellcab The Last Supper, Fool For Love, Bug and Brilliant Traces. RSP has been Artist in Residence at Horse TRADE Theater Group, The Field's Far Space, Hosteling International , Space on White & Governors Island. RSP has received 7 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominations, 23 PCTF Nominations and 11 Awards from Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and is a 5 time FRIGID NY Festival Award Winner.

Akia (Director) is the founding artistic director of Rising Sun Performance Company and is an active member of the flourishing Off-Off/Indie & Off Broadway theatre communities having produced, directed, and performed with numerous NYC companies for over a decade. She is the Company Manager for the international sensation, Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theater. Akia has received critical praise for her direction of RSP long running hits such as "Hellcab", "Goodnight Lovin' Trail" , "The Last Supper", "Crapshoot" and "Bug". She served as an advisory Board Member for The Paul Butterfield Fund & Society, and Company Manager for The New York Innovative Theatre Awards & Foundation, where she serves on their honorary awards committee as Sub-Committee Chairman and as an At-Large Judge. Past notable credits include working on staff at Horse Trade Theatre Group, serving as General Manager for FRIGID New York's inaugural year, and returning as Volunteer Coordinator in 2009; she also served as Production Coordinator for nationally acclaimed Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, overseeing the Playwrights Unit and INSIGHT 13 production series. She is a recipient of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards "Founders Award" for her contributions to the organization and Off Off Broadway Community. Most recently she took home the Outstanding Director & Planet Activist Award from the Planet Connections theatre Festival for The Glory of Living.

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