Beat Generation Bohemian Underground Immersive Roleplay Weekend
April 20-22, 2018
Friday, April 20, 7:00 pm-Midnight: Workshops and participant relationship building and socializing.
Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am – Sunday, April 22, 10:00 am: immersive roleplay experience, beginning at the penthouse, moving to several NYC locations, and ending in a private diner in Harlem.
Sunday, April 22, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Debriefing and discussion
New York City, NY
Private SoHo Penthouse, Washington Square Park, Nuyorica Cafe, Private Harlem Diner
Number of tickets available
32 standard and 4 “sleep in the Penthouse”
$420/weekend, without sleeping accommodations
$575 including sleeping in a bedroom in the Penthouse 2 nights
What you will do
You’ll be part of the experience, co-creating it with other participants as you portray an artist, writer, poet, musician, painter, patron, muse, or junkie in the bohemian underground. Most characters will be historical figures; some will be fictional characters in the scene. Your character will arrive 30 days prior to the event, so that you can prepare how you will portray them during the event.
You will roleplay relationships and interpersonal conflicts and have impassioned philosophical or political debates. You’ll also be creating: improvising poetry and music, filming each other in scenes for your new new thing, posing as a subject for a painter, daring each other to push the envelope further, to get to the heart of the true and authentic human experience, the elusive “it” that is only glimpsed or felt fleetingly, before it ebbs away. There is no active, external threat that will appear. As Ginsberg noted in his poem, “Howl,” Moloch is ever-present, pervasive and ubiquitous, inescapable.
Not included on Friday night unless you have purchased one of the two rooms available in the penthouse, each with a queen bed. Saturday night the experience is not designed to end, but continues 24-hours straight from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.
If you get tired, there is “crash space” in the penthouse on the divan and several couches, but keep in mind that other people may continue roleplaying around you. If you would like to leave the experience for a few hours of sleep Saturday night (e.g. between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.) you may, but you will need your own accommodations elsewhere, unless you are staying in one of the penthouse’s two rooms.
The experience includes shared hors-d’oeuvres, snacks, and drinks Friday night (we may also order delivery of other food, which everyone may chip in for); continual snacks and drinks at the penthouse, Saturday brunch at the penthouse, and Sunday breakfast at the diner. Drinks included are unlimited coffee, teas, and water, and wine (up to one bottle per person). You may BYOB.
What your ticket includes
Site rentals in NYC; food on Friday, Saturday & Sunday; ticket to poetry performance at Nuyorica; experience design and staff; props, lighting, scene design; supplies; insurance; cleaning & fees.
You’ll be expected to dress in clothes appropriate to 1963, but none of the costuming is very elaborate. We will provide more inspiration closer to the event. We ask that all players bring no more than a “rucksack” for space purposes in the Penthouse. Since the experience is 24-hours straight, there is not a particular need to change clothes, but some characters may have reason to. You will need an outdoor jacket for April weather in NYC. A wool coat or long rainjacket will serve well.
The experience does not involve a lot of physical roleplay or walking, except to and from the subway stations. The experience will take place in these areas: the private penthouse, Washington Square Park, a poetry cafe, possibly Battery Park (opt-in) and a private diner in Harlem. Participants will take the subway to the various destinations. A subway station is in the basement of the penthouse building, with access to several lines, but train changes may be necessary. Several of the sites are accessible to those with mobility difficulties: the penthouse building has an elevator, and the diner is on the first floor. Some New York subway stations are wheelchair-accessible; some are not. A player who is not able to ride the subway may choose to take a taxi or Lyft to the location. At this time, the Nuyorica cafe has not been evaluated for accessibility.
There will be Wi-Fi and phone service available at all times, though we ask our participants to keep their modern electronics out of the immersive game spaces.
Potential themes and content
We provide this list of potential themes and content so that our participants are aware of what may come up during the experience. Since this is an experience where you are an inter-actor within the experience, not merely watching it, the themes can feel more intense, as if they are really happening to you and not as part of your character’s experience. Participants are asked to monitor their own sensitivity to these topics and to decide when and how they will engage with them.
Topics and themes may include: poverty, homelessness, intransigence, anti-authority, jazz music, poetry, homosexuality, bisexuality, heterosexuality, flirting, power imbalance, unfaithfulness, feminism, implied or explicit misogyny, simulated heavy drinking, simulated drug use, cross-dressing and drag, partner violence, implied or explicit homophobia, classism, wealth privilege, cissexism, gender binary and conformity, open outdoor spaces, small crowds in small spaces, angry shouting, verbal and/or emotional abuse, irresponsibility, abandonment of family/duty, self-destructive behavior, ableism.