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THE MORTALITY MACHINE: An Immersive Theatrical Experience To Premiere at Wildrence 1/10-2/3


THE MORTALITY MACHINE: An Immersive Theatrical Experience To Premiere at Wildrence 1/10-2/3 Sinking Ship Creations in association with Acronym Presents and Wildrence will present the World Premiere of The Mortality Machine, an immersive theatrical experience created by Ryan Hart, Tommy Honton, and Lara Marcin, at Wildrence (59 Canal Street between Allen and Orchard, New York, NY 10002), January 10-February 3, 2019. Performances will be Tuesday through Sunday at 7pm (dark Mondays). Tickets ($125) are available for advance purchase at or by calling 917-336-9236. Discounts for students, military, and seniors are available via the Sinking Ship Creations mailing list (sign up at The experience will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, with no intermission.

In 2014, five people died in an illegal medical experiment in a Canal Street basement. Before their families could learn what happened, the incident was covered up: buried under a mountain of legal procedures and sealed behind a web of police tape. No one knew how those five people came to participate in the experiment, or what they were doing; only that it cost them their lives. Some of their survivors moved on. Some fell apart. A handful kept fighting, and after five years, they've finally won the opportunity to unseal the laboratory, and learn what took their loved ones from them. When you enter the world of The Mortality Machine, you'll take the role of one of those survivors, venturing into basement for the first time. And what you'll find defies science and hope.

The Mortality Machine is an immersive theatre experience that combines live-action-roleplay and site-specific dance. Participants assume the roles of surviving family members of loved ones who died in a medical experiment, and must not only solve the mystery of their deaths, but confront their own attitudes about mortality and loss. No two experiences of The Mortality Machine will be the same.

Content Warning: The Mortality Machine contains depictions of medical procedures, death and grieving, partial nudity, mild sexuality and profanity. It is not suitable for children under the age of 18.

The cast will feature Daan Bootsma, Isaac Conner, Julia Jurgilewicz, Elizabeth Law, Rita McCann, Kelsey Rondeau, Jessy Smith, Jennifer Suter, Rafael Svarin with Written Narrative by Ryan Hart, Design by Tommy Honton, Choreography by Lara Marcin, Sound Design by Sergey Kasich, Production Design by Orli Nativ, and Fabrication by Alex Young with Production Manager Jessica Cauttero, Technical Consultant Andy Gallardo, with Executive Producers Daniel Tan and Jason Knox.

Sinking Ship Creations is the place to turn when you need a tragedy, an epic, or just a life a little less ordinary. We focus on live-action roleplay (LARP) as the medium for stories; a semi-theatrical experience where the actor is the audience. Part game, part improv, LARP allows us to experience tales more fantastic than our own world, while experiencing a range of human emotion and narratives. We envision a place where storytellers can produce wealth of stories, supported by our team and the community as a whole. Previous productions include Annals of the Passing Age, Project Ascension, and Escape From Marseilles.


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