The long-awaited expansion of the acclaimed, award-winning 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival production, One Last Thing Before You Go, is coming to Whittier this Halloween season. GIVE UP THE GHOST is an interactive and immersive haunting play where you, the audience, are your own ghosts in the afterlife, lingering in death’s foyer before the Ferryman brings you across the River to your final destination.
We described One Last Thing Before You Go as “easily [our] favorite production at [the 2018] Hollywood Fringe Fest.”
Brought to you by Spectacular Disaster Factory, the wife-husband team of Kirsten Hageleit & Aaron Vanek, and stage-managed by Emmy-Award winning producer Jenni Powell (lonelygirl15, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries) the production will have a limited run on Friday nights: September 27 (preview), October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 8, 15. Each night has two 90-minute shows at 8 pm and 10 pm.
GIVE UP THE GHOST reverses the typical Halloween haunt—our participants play their dead selves called back from the shore of Eternity to bear witness to the sorrows and terrors of the living. This is not a gorefest, extreme haunt or jump-scare maze. The audience will interact with characters at the edge of life and death in scenes that can be violent, tragic, and occasionally darkly humorous. Unlike some immersive events, the choices each audience member makes will haunt them, will change their story, and just might change the entire narrative. What choices will you make, as your light grows dim?
GIVE UP THE GHOST will be staged at the First Christian Church of Whittier – 6355 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90601. This is the only opportunity to experience this show at this location, for the church is converting to low-income senior housing in 2020.
A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the First Christian Church of Whittier and The Game Academy (thegameacademy.org), a 501c3 educational organization that utilizes role-playing games for learning.
For further information on GIVE UP THE GHOST, please visit aaronvanek.com/ghost. Tickets are $50 on preview night and will be $80 for general after preview. Tickets can be purchased here. To get 20% off of tickets, please use the special code CONJURING.