“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.
Juan Pablo Ocasio
Samuel Wyatt Haines
Christina Renee Jones
Lauren N. Fields
John Hampton Cade
Photos courtesy of Gracie Meier
This production was presented:
July 14th & 15th 2017
The Foxhole Chicago