Dorothy is missing from Oz. Kidnapped? Stolen? Assassinated? No one is entirely certain, but Tik Tok and Jack have what they think is her current location. What they don’t know is what—or who—is inside. And so they reached out for backup.
For those of us who live in Los Angeles, the idea of a dream home being given to us is more than a dream—it’s a unicorn dancing on the head of Nicholas Cage who is shooting marshmallow cupcakes at Big Bird while singing “Fireworks” by Katy Perry illusion of a fantasy. We have all seen those illusions so many times and we know there is always something rotten behind such a beautiful façade.
Whenever I contemplate an immersive production, as either audience member of creator, there are a few things that consistently roll around in my head. The story always calls first for me, because I want to understand why a narrative is being told, why here and now. A close second must always be the design, as I believe that immersive theatre can transport audiences to another world in a way that no other art form can quite emulate. Finally, I believe that the right talent can bridge both earlier elements together; indeed, even the best story and design need the human touch to live and breathe.
There are few moments more terrifying in a human's life than those that forever alter how we think of ourselves. The moment when a boy is first called a man or a woman first learns she is pregnant, for instance, can spark an overwhelming rush of mixed emotions within us. We feel both excitement and fear, both joy and terror, all somehow in equal amounts and nearly paralyzing in their intensity.