Immersive, interactive, intense theatrical experience where you are the protagonist in a story about Baba Yaga and the Firebird
About this project
10 Minutes In The Forest: enter and be wary
10 Minutes In The Forest is an immersive, interactive, intense experience that allows you, the audience, to be the protagonist in fairy tale. Enter the deep forest with Baba Yaga and the Firebird and test your bravery, courage and cunning!
This immersive theater piece is also a playable game and art installation. 10 Minutes In The Forest will be produced at The Slate, a new black box theater run by the The Pocket LLC at 815 Seattle Blvd. S, inside the Inscape Arts Building. Performances will happen June 2-5th.
The piece is for individual audience members or paired companions who interact directly with actors and dancers portraying Baba Yaga and the Firebird. The experience will require you to move through the sculptural forest, so we recommend wearing clothes you feel comfortable moving in.
enter the deep forest, stranger
where Firebird hides her eggs from danger
three attempts are all you’ve got
you are safe: the eggs are not
beware, take heed, keep watch, look out: Baba Yaga is about
10 Minutes In The Forest is produced by Casework Productions, an organization founded by Casey Middaugh. The show features music by composer David Ibbett and the performances by Lauren Bond, Katrina Hamilton, Sarah McKinley, Emily Rychlick, and Hosanna Tolman.
Risks and challenges
This is the second mounting of this production, and while the venue and collaborators are different from the first iteration, we’ve learned a lot and I feel confident we’ll be able to meet the new challenges.
PROBLEMS FROM THE FIRST PRODUCTION AND NEW SOLUTIONS
1. Accidentally wiping out our Baba Yaga
The first time this show was produced we only had one actor playing Baba Yaga and we nearly ran him into the ground. This time every evening we perform there will be at least two actors playing Baba Yaga and two dancers for Firebird so that they can trade off, take breaks, and take care of their bodies during this physically demanding show.
2. Running out of materials for the Forest
I took meticulous notes about the volume of forest materials 5 years ago, and this time I’ve doubled them. I think we’ll be fine.
3. Only having one day for everyone to see the production
We have so many performance dates! There will be ample opportunity for Seattle folks to see 10 Minutes In The Forest. For people living elsewhere? Well, that’s a problem we haven’t solved yet…