Ripped from the pages of the Frank L. Baum's "Land of OZ" novels, The Speakeasy Society's newest piece throws audiences into the middle of an alternate reality game (ARG) that takes place in real time and evolves according to audiences' responses.
Back in December, Shannon had the chance to experience The Kansas Collections first chapter, The Key, in which the Scarecrow took charge of the wonderful land of Oz after Dorothy left; however, things have gone awry. Oz and it's citizens are in distress. There is civil unrest, there is violence in the streets, and we are being recruited to serve in the Scarecrow's Armed Militia - but there is deception around every corner and things aren't quite what they seem.
In Chapter 2 of The Kansas Collection, titled The Axe, The Scarecrow has a mission for the new recruits to his armed militia; investigate members of the Patchwork Resistance that have made their way into our world. These rebels are seeking out new recruits themselves, so the task should be a fairy simple reconnaissance mission...but nothing from Oz is what it seems. Things are quickly upended and you must choose where your loyalties truly lie. Allies and friends are very different things.
Chapter 2 - The Axe continues The Kansas Collection, The Speakeasy Society's re-imagining of Baum's Land of Oz. Individual choices lead the audience down different roads on an epic quest to restore the Emerald City to its former glory. In The Axe, a new front of the approaching storm comes into focus and audience members must decide for themselves what to reveal and what to keep hidden.
There are no wrong answers...
The Axe will premiere at an undisclosed location in Northeast Los Angeles. Admission is limited. There will be no late admittance. The on-site running time is estimated to be about 15-20 minutes, but performance lengths may vary depending on audience choices. Please note - the performance requires audience mobility. It is intended for audiences of 14 years of age and older.
Tickets are now on sale at speakeasysociety.com and dates are available from Thursday, Feb. 16 through Saturday, Feb. 18. General admission is $15+ fee and can be purchased at http://theaxe.bpt.me. If you haven't experience the Chapter 1 - The Key, have no fear, as they will be doing an encore performance Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb.11.
The Speakeasy Society, named Best Emerging Immersive Theater Company of 2015 by LAWeekly, is an LA based immersive entertainment company creating intimate and epic experiences in unexpected places. They collaboratively create 360-degree worlds providing escape through total engagement - crafting a shared experience where audience interaction becomes a vital aspect of the performance.