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Join us for the second KCRW Drama Club on June 10th!
Come see The Day Shall Declare It and then hang out at the Paradise Shipping Company speakeasy with your KCRW friends.
Tickets are limited (the venue only holds 30 audience members), so get your TICKETS NOW for this special KCRW only performance on June 10th.
Annie Saunders and her collaborators at Wilderness have not only created an amazing site-specific immersive theater piece (read my review of The Day Shall Declare It), they’ve also created an amazing pop-up speakeasy: The Paradise Shipping Company.
The inspiration comes from Tennessee Williams’ writing, says Ms. Saunders:
Ever since the inception of the piece I have wanted to have a robust, working speakeasy bar as part of the piece. “The Paradise” or “the Paradise Dance Hall” feature heavily in Tennessee Williams work, and appears in “Moony’s kid don’t cry,” one of his earliest short plays and the one that the first scene of our show is based on – and which has in someways become a touchstone for the work as a whole, and also in “not about nightingales.” For Williams’ imagination, “the paradise” is always a place of fantasy, possibility, escape, as well as nostalgia and longing. It becomes somehow both a portal of return to better time long past and a means of escape to some future possibility (whether real or imagined).
I have always wanted the paradise to be more fully part of our show – somewhere hidden away, but open to the public, those lucky ones that can find it, with food and music and everything that he would’ve wanted it to be. It fills my heart to bursting that we have that. It’s so much more than just a bar. The boys from HeLo, the vagrant bartenders, and my team have done an incredible job creating it.
It a truly special hidden gem. Come, see a great piece of theater, enjoy a free drink before the show, and hang out with your fellow KCRW audience members, me, and the incredible cast.
See you at the Paradise!