“Our ancestors sinned and are no more,
and we bear their punishment.” Lamentations 5:7


Cursed: An American Tragedy is an immersive experience that explores the story of a family curse shown through three different generations during times of war. The audience can choose to follow various family members within the three different time periods- The Civil War, World War I, and World War II. The audience will witness men facing the horrors of war, families dealing with the reality of being left behind in wartime, and the esoteric approaches with which the women confront what they perceive to be a curse on their bloodline.  

The audience enters the experience divided by two different narrators: an amiable mystic known only as Gypsy, and a zealous deliverance minister who calls herself Violet. They are encouraged to leave their voices behind as they enter the home of this family, where the veil of time is thin and the space is inhabited by multiple generations. They are encouraged to follow their interests and act boldly during their time in the home. As the audience splits off between the time periods to follow the characters that interest them most, they will find themselves intermittently brought together to witness events like visions, battles, and religious experiences that link all the generations together and transcend time. The driving force of the experience is the women’s belief that the visions and sight passed down to them from their mothers is a curse on their family. The attempts to comprehend its nature will ultimately result in the audience beholding either the dissolution or acceptance of its power.  

Cursed explores the ideas of family, fate, and what it means to construct our own narratives as Americans. It is an attempt to expand on the popular voyeuristic style of immersive theatre, by offering the audience the freedom to act silently but adventurously in order to discover the family’s secrets through careful observation and one-on-one experiences.


CAST

CREATIVE TEAM

Isabella Coelho
Libby Conkle
Juan Pablo Ocasio
Samuel Wyatt Haines
Anna Connelly
Christina Renee Jones
Ian Miller
Keith Surney
Ashlyn Lozano
Laura Resinger
Leo Chappell
Tyler Esselman
Jill Perez
Elise Randall
Max Stewart

Mary
Martha
Eli
Josiah
Grace
Sarah
John
James
Beatrice
Grace
Samuel
George
Gypsy
Violet
William

Lauren N. Fields
Janie Killips
John Hampton Cade
Eric Richardson
Michaela Heidmann
Jill Moshman
Lauren Lundy
Jordyn Prince
Bryce Fields

Director/Writer
Writer/Director
Assistant Director
Composer
Dramaturg
Movement Director
Stage Manager
Pre-Production Queen
Technical Director


IN PRODUCTION


IN REHEARSAL