Sinking Ship Creations in association with Acronym Presents and Wildrence, world premiere of The Mortality Machine, is an immersive theatrical experience created by Ryan Hart, Tommy Honton, and Lara Marcin. As you head to 59 Canal Street between Allen and Orchard you are given a character to play.
The premise is in 2014, five people died in an illegal medical experiment in a Canal Street basement. Before their families could learn what happened, the incident was covered up: buried under a mountain of legal procedures and sealed behind a web of police tape. No one knew how those five people came to participate in the experiment, or what they were doing; only that it cost them their lives. Some of their survivors moved on. Some fell apart. A handful kept fighting, and after five years, they’ve finally won the opportunity to unseal the laboratory, and learn what took their loved ones from them.
With live-action role play, dance and solving the crime, you are asked to submerge yourself into the experience, which I did. Though the experience was fun, you never really find out the answers to anything. We never really solve the mystery of their deaths, unless it was as simple as the experiment went wrong, but I wanted to know more. Call it the journalist in me. I wanted answers.
Due to my morality my night received the “Triumphant Ending”, which we were told was the first time. I have never been one to sell out, take pharmaceuticals (much to my doctors distress), or allow someone to be absorbed by evil without a fight. I am that person if someone was being attacked would jump into the fray.
It is true no two experiences of The Mortality Machine will be the same, however it states a warning of partial nudity, mild sexuality and profanity, this I did not see.
The cast which feature Daan Bootsma, Isaac Conner, Julia Jurgilewicz, Elizabeth Law, Rita McCann, Kelsey Rondeau, Jessy Smith, Jennifer Suter and Rafael Svarin are all talented and they all play their parts exceedingly well.
The dance portion choreography by Lara Marcin is seamless and quite beautiful.
The design by Tommy Honton, sound Design by Sergey Kasich, production Design by Orli Nativ, and Fabrication by Alex Young is all well done.
The script call a written narrative by Ryan Hart, is the part that lacks. Lets us find some of the answers you ask us to find. How did they get involved? Where is the doctor? And the rest of my questions I will not disclose, as to not spoil anyone else’s experience.
Immersive theatre is a wonderful way to spend some time, but as fun as this was, I wanted more.
The Mortality Machine: Sinking Ship Creations in association with Acronym Presents and Wildrence at 59 Canal Street between Allen and Orchard until Feb. 3rd. Tuesday through Sunday at 7pm The experience will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, with no intermission. In our case it was an hour and thirty.