7 Rooms: The Masque of the Red Death is an immersive virtual theatre experience where audience members “choose their own adventure” as they navigate Prospero’s decadent end-of-the-world party while a plague devastates the world outside. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s deliciously macabre short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” 7 playwright-director teams have created 7 fully staged short plays united by a live solo performance by powerhouse actor Juliet Bowler as the gregarious host of the party, Prospero. These assembled works create an evening of theatre that explores isolation, connection, moral dilemmas, humor, and humanity during the time of plague.
Playwrights: Sari Boren, Hortense Gerardo, Gabriel Graetz, MJ Halberstadt, A. Lehrmitt, Michael Lin, Cliff Odle, Kelly Smith
Directors: Lindsay Eagle, Jessica Ernst, David R. Gammons, Lee Mikeska Gardner, Shira Helena Gitlin, Johnny Nichols Jr., Elizabeth Yvette Ramirez, LaToya T. Robinson
Cast: Juliet Bowler, Kalee Burrows, Olivia Dumaine, Kristen Heider, Kira Helper, Naomi Ibasitas, Lorraine Kanyike, Michael Lin, Blair Nodelman, Jo Michael Rezes, Sydney Roslin, Evan Turissini, Shanelle C Villegas, Miles Wheeler II, Sharmarke Yusuf
Staff: S. Ayala, Paige D'Ambrosio, Mickey Dorsey, Leigh Downes, Betsy Goldman, Coriana Hunt Swartz, Liv Joan, Zane Kealey, Kyle Lampe, Deidre Purcell, Jake Scaltreto, Kendyl Trott, Michael Wonson
Accessibility Notes: This online event offers captioning. To see the performance with captions, turn the “live transcript” option ON in your zoom settings, and choose the Purple and Violet rooms first when charting your path through the house.
Content Warnings: Blood, strong language