The ABC Project is a series of 26 site specific pieces of interactive theater written and directed by Anne Katherine Lesser (...please, call me annie). After the premiere of ABC Project's A(Partment 8) Stage Raw's Bill Raden declared, "In the few years since she landed in Los Angeles, experimental playwright-director Annie Lesser has firmly established herself as one of the most fearless and adventurous forces in the city's emerging immersive scene."
LA Weekly named The ABC Project the city's Most Extreme Audience Immersion in their Best of LA issue in October 2016, and in December 2016 included The ABC Project in their list of LA's top theater of the year. "Courageous actors and Lesser’s fertile invention and exacting eye made each show an exhilarating and profoundly unsettling journey into the poetics of extreme intimacy."-LA Weekly
"You can only lose if you play. But playing is half the game."
This 3-hour long experience includes a mini preshow and postshow presentations as well as a one to two hour long game at the center of the evening. 15 Audience capacity. Includes open bar and hor d'oeuvres.
A MESSAGE FROM CREATOR ANNIE LESSER: This piece is inspired by wine, dime museums and the questions that playfully haunt me.
Shows 6pm-9pm (except March 26th which is 5:30pm-8:30pm)
Preview February 26th With Post Show Talkback
Shows Sundays March 12-April 2nd
$175 GA Tickets, with a $50 VIP Add On
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: abcovell.eventbrite.com
Cast in Alphabetical Order:
Dana Benedict: Happy
Dasha Kittredge: Miss Vaga
Keight Leighn: The Lion Tamer
Terence Leclere: Sad
Matt Price: Doctor
Katelyn Schiller: Tiger/Lion
Orion Schwalm: Klutz
Scott Sytten: Dumb
Lena Valentine: The Speaker
Is his life is in your hands? Or is yours in hers? The second play in the ABC project shifts based on how you answer. Two audience members. One actor. Multiple outcomes.
This critically acclaimed show confronted how much we let love control our lives through both a 25minute experience and a 10minute experience at LA Native Barbers.
"B(arbershop) is a step back from the precipice of the irrational violence that so charged A(partment 8) with its sense of audience-implicating danger, what continues to be exciting is seeing Lesser fearlessly experiment without the firewall of the physical and figurative distance between spectator and performer that mediates the traditional drama. Even when its fireworks prove less than incendiary, the ABC Project provokes an introspective self-awareness all too rare for the stage." -LA Weekly
"With any immersive piece the moment you make me forget I'm in a play, that I'm in something theatrical, and I treat it as if it's real, it's job well done you've got me. And that's what happens and that's what happens with this."-MY HAUNT LIFE
Take a walk in someone else's skin in this fully immersive theatrical experience. One audience member per performance. Morbid and disturbing with a twinge of black humor.
This astounding run of over 100 performances done one audience member at a time occured in June of 2016. The show won the O Face Award for Best Acting at the Hollywood Fringe and was nominated for Top of the Fringe, Best World Premiere, Best Movement or Dance Piece and the Duende Distinction Award.
"Lesser not only successfully implicates audience members in their own sundry crimes of the heart but opens a space between empathy and horror for something more critically and morally contemplative." - Stage Raw
"Those looking for a darkly original work that sticks with you long after it's finished, A(partment 8) is worth the admission price."-LAist
"Annie Lesser has a small wonder on her hands, and actress Keight Leighn pretty much defines the term fearless at this point." -No Proscenium
"This could be one of the most intimate, visceral experiences ever created... It is a transformation. You walk in one person and walk out another." -Gia On The Move