Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Chicago's Otherworld Theatre Brings Interactive Fun to a Holiday Classic, a One Shot LARP Original, and a Star Trek Inspired Farce

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An Immersive Holiday Fairytale, 

Tales From The Wandering Wyvern Inn, and 

Starship Edsel 

An Immersive Holiday Fairytale 

Based on the Christmas fairy tale by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffman, you are the Nutcracker King’s esteemed guest and invited to sample from the Realm’s finest delights with a variety of beverages and delectable treats. However, be on the lookout for the Rat King! Who knows what nefarious plot they may be planning. Filled with character actors, puppetry, and dancing, REALM OF THE NUTCRACKER KING; An Immersive Holiday Fairytale runs December 16, 2022 - January 8, 2023 at Otherworld Theatre (3914 N. Clark St.).

Come along a 90-minute journey and step into the enchanted Realm of the Nutcracker King. This theatrical adventure is brought to life by the imagineering team behind Otherworld Theatre, the premier Science Fiction and Fantasy venue based in Chicago. 

You're invited as the Nutcracker King's esteemed guest, a specially selected mortal whose imagination is big enough to dream the imaginative world of the sugar plum fairies. You'll be invited to sample from the Realm's finest delights in a variety of beverages and delectable treats. 
Join us for a theatrical, immersive experience that will take you into a world of holiday magic!


• Enjoy a themed beverage, cocktails and mocktails abound!

• Participate in immersive storytelling, character actors, puppetry and dancing

• Undermine the sinister plot of The Rat King

• Capture photos with the actors and immersive environment

Showtimes available: Fridays at 7 and 9 p.m., Saturdays at 3, 5:30, and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit https://www.otherworldtheatre.org.

Now Playing Through January 8, 2023

Tales From The Wandering Wyvern Inn

Rumors abound about the quaint tavern, nestled quietly at the foothills of the Alden's Gate Mountains. It is the first stop for many who make the pilgrimage up to Heightswatch. The tavern itself seems unassuming - without the smoke stack you might even miss the structure. However, at night, there is no mistaking the glow from a single orb that beckons travelers to it's doors. As you approach, you see the famed Wyvern himself to greet you, holding his magical sphere and whispering through the winter wind that you should come inside for at least the night.


From the critically acclaimed creators of immersive experiences and Moonrise LARP Games comes a 90 minute high fantasy adventure. Transport yourself to the lowly tavern of The Wandering Wyvern Inn and uncover the mysteries that lie within. 


• A hybrid between LARP, Escape Room, and Immersive Theatre

• Grab a quest off the wall - an adventure awaits! Be an mage outlaw, a Strykarrian assassin on the job, a Druid on a quest to find the life saving antidote for your feverish friend - and more! The Quest Board changes daily.

• Walk into a full realized fantasy setting. Explore the tavern of the Wandering Wyvern Inn

• Actors lead you on your quest! NPCs are in the room with you and your adventuring party throughout your experience.

• Fantasy dress up is strongly encouraged!

• An intimate experience of no more than 5 Players at one time.

• A mystery unfolds over the course of 90 minutes

• A tasty beverage is included in your ticket! From cocktails, mocktails, and ale - we have something for every adventurer to enjoy!

Expect a brief onboarding to go over rules and consent mechanics before the experience begins.

DON'T BE LATE! Due to the nature of this experience, we cannot accept late patrons as it disturbs the actors and patrons. We ask you arrive 10 minutes before your time slot. Due to the nature of the event, there are no refunds.

Now playing through Jan 29, 2023

Starship Edsel 

Starship Edsel is a Star Trek inspired farce set aboard the Federation Starship Edsel towards the end of the 24th century. It is based upon a LARP written and developed by Brandon Brylawski, who is also a producer and head writer on this show.

The Edsel is a cruiser, Edsel class (the only one), largely regarded as a failure in ship design. Somehow, serious flaws in architecture and engineering were not caught until the prototype ship was completed. From its launch, it has been plagued with mechanical and operational problems that have played havoc with its fitness and combat-readiness, to the point where it became the butt of jokes throughout Starfleet. Soon it had become a dumping ground for personnel who were considered too disruptive or incompetent for front-line service, but who had not done anything sufficiently egregious to warrant being discharged. Eventually, Starfleet Command sent down an order to retire the embarrassing vessel, to the relief of all involved. But it was not to be. At the last moment, the Federation Council countermanded the directive: a political use had been found for the vessel. The Edsel's new continuing mission:

To stay in permanent parking orbit around the vacation planet of Atlantis
To deal with vapid and overbearing VIPs
To boldly give tours of an "Authentic Federation Starship"!
Starship Edsel is an improvised farce. Dialogue is improvised with characters and story arcs "lovingly" crafted in advance.

Directed by Jack Bronis

Created and Written by Brandon Brylawski

with additional writing by Eric Scull


Jen Connor as Captain Lilith Hardstone

Kelsey Blackwell as Lieutenant Co'Ay

Brandon Drap as Ensign Dan Gianutore

Matthew Kawa as Lieutenant T'Pang Gah

Laura Ann Parry as Lt. Commander Tracey Beamer

Carlos Rivera as Counselor J'Errrs'q

Janice Rumschlag as Lieutenant Amalda

Judson Russell as "Doctor" Croup

Bernadette Santos Schwegel as Cadet Cornelia "Corn" Hardstone

Dylan Schaefer as Commander Russell T. Stillwell

Keely Smith as Lt. Junior Grade Vialee Parr

Mark Soloff as Lt. Commander Null

Stage Manager/Technical Director/Computer Voice/Ensemble:

Charlie Minard

Technical consulting by Dan Granata

Starship Edsel runs 60-75 minutes and will play at 10pm the first Saturday and third of every month.

Date and time
Starting Sat Jan 7th 2023 -- ongoing 


Otherworld Theatre Company requires proof of full vaccination (initial vaccine and all eligible boosters) or a negative PCR test taken with 48 hours of the performance time. Masks are optional but are strongly encouraged to be worn during the show.

Otherworld Theatre is a Chicago-based performing arts nonprofit dedicated to producing live performances in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Otherworld's programing includes stage plays, sketch and improv comedy, online streaming performances, community events, and under its Moonrise LARP Games program, produces immersive theatre and Live-Action-Role-Playing (LARP) events.

For more information, visit https://www.otherworldtheatre.org.

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