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Review of Speakeasy Dollhouse, the play I'm starring in »

silentjames:

"We saw the murderer lurking to the side of the bar and asked him why he really pulled the trigger and if he was drunk—only to have him turn the tables on us, pointing to the Old Fashioned in our hands. The actors have done a stellar job of interacting with the audience and responding to unexpected questions and scrutiny, without ever stepping out of character."

brainwomb:

Speakeasy Dollhouse is a lovely and super entertaining interactive theater event in New York City. Both Kaitlin Foisy and Kat Mon Dieu are involved and stopped by Dr. Sketchy’s NY for a Speakeasy Dollhouse themed session!

How many immersive shows are there in NYC right now? I thought it was just SNM, Then She Fell, and Speakeasy Dollhouse (temporarily closed)? I keep randomly hearing about more!

mariafraser:

- Sleep No More: Immersive + promenade. (you can also make your own choices about what to see, what order to see it in, and what exactly to do).

- Then She Fell: I believe you’re taken on a track throughout, correct? So it’s immersive in the sense that actors will interact with you (much more-so than in SNM), though you do not make your own choices on what to see.

- Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812: No choices to make - it’s a set show that just happens to take place all around you. It’s less that the actors interact with you (though they have a few moments each night with specific audience members, depending on what table you’re seated at) - it’s more that the action isn’t confined to a stage. 

- Take Me Home: A 40 minute immersive experience in the back of a taxi-cab, through January 26.

- Queen Of The Night: Damned if I know. Babymammoth wrote a recap though. Anyone want to volunteer to come with me so we can find out? Sounds less “see it alone” friendly than SNM due to the food involved…

What am I missing? Probably anything in Brooklyn…

EDIT courtesay of thebarnardstokesbusiness

Here Lies Love: Immersive, but not promenade? (no one I know has seen it, but it doesn’t sound like there are multiple scenes - sounds like more of a Great Comet of 1812 model). Returning March 24th.

Speakeasy Dollhouse starts up again this Saturday. There is also a new, even larger production by them in a Gramercy Park mansion, The Brothers Booth. It opens Saturday, March 1st. Info on both http://www.speakeasydollhouse.com

Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning started in October 2011 and it is STILL going strong. If you haven’t seen it yet, come. If you haven’t seen it lately, come back. It continues to morph and grow. Tix/info:http://www.speakeasydollhouse.com/

Episode 2, Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth opens on March 1, 2014. Tix/info:http://www.speakeasydollhouse.com/

Cynthia von Buhler Gives PLAYBILL a Video Tour of Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning. 

(Source: m.playbill.com)

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE: THE BLOODY BEGINNING

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214593.

DECEMBER 7, 2013 at 5:00

DECEMBER 14, 2013 at 5:00

With SPECIAL GUEST STAR, Tony Nominated EUAN MORTON on December 7th.

"No ordinary theater experience." 
- The Wall Street Journal

"An ornately turned-out, unique, and well-produced experience.” 
- Flavorpill

"Thrilling and delighting all the senses." 
- The Huffington Post

“An ingenious project jam-packed with creativity.” 
- Show Business Weekly

STAGEWORKS MEDIA
PRESENTS

CYNTHIA VON BUHLER’S
SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE

NEW YORK CITY’S INDIE IMMERSIVE THEATRE HIT
CELEBRATES ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH FEBRUARY 22, 2014.

Based on a true NYC murder case, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE 
immerses audience in a surreal, Prohibition-era time capsule
featuring live jazz, burlesque, mobsters, moonshine and more.

Transporting audiences to an era of mobsters, moonshine, and murder, Cynthia von Buhler’s SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, one of the city’s most unique, interactive, and surreal theatre experiences, proudly celebrates its two-year anniversary this month. Performing to sold-out audiences since October 2011, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE brings an actual unsolved Prohibition-era murder to life in the downtown building that once served as mobster Meyer Lansky’s hangout. SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is performed weekly (Saturdays at 5:00PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.). Tickets (advance only and starting at $55.00) are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE was created by artist and author Cynthia von Buhler, whose Italian immigrant grandfather, a speakeasy owner named Frank Spano, was shot and killed on a Manhattan street in 1935. 

Though the shooter was caught, his case was inexplicably dismissed, leaving the question of motive forever unanswered. Long haunted by the mystery, von Buhler, whose mother was born the day her grandfather died, began interviewing family members about the killing and scouring autopsy reports, police records, and court documents. Inspired by a 1940s investigative technique called “nutshell studies,” von Buhler first recreated the crime scene in an elaborate dollhouse diorama (which can be explored on location during each performance).

Von Buhler brought her miniature set to life in SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, which was first intended to be a one-night theatrical staging (via a successful Kickstarter campaign). It has since become a hot underground theater ticket, going from monthly performances to weekly performances as it consistently sold out, and extending its run repeatedly over the past two years. 

The SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE experience begins with a series of emails featuring actual 1935 news articles, court documents, and autopsy reports. Audience members also receive special instructions to show up dressed for a 1930’s night on the town at a secret address, including the password they will need to enter. Upon arrival, an audience member has their palm read by a fortune teller, and is assigned a role ranging from shooting a mobster to aiding in an autopsy. Once they step through the tiny door, they are transported into a perfect replica of a speakeasy, where they can eat cannoli, sip hooch disguised in coffee cups, play cards with gangsters, enjoy burlesque performances – and witness a shooting, funeral, murder investigation, and trial. 

Each show explores a different motive behind the murder, from jealousy over a suspected affair to a Mafia hit. As audience members meander through a speakeasy bar, a private alleyway, a bakery, and more, they are privy to conversations and whispered snippets from cast members about the victim’s marital infidelities, mob connections, and other clues. The piece is constantly evolving based on new scenarios sparked by spontaneous interactions between cast members and guests, who are encouraged to become full-fledged participants in the unfolding drama.

“SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is more than just a play – it is a time capsule that transports audiences to the scene of a riveting crime and then invites them to live fully in that world, erasing the boundary between themselves and the performers,” said von Buhler. 

The cast of SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE includes noted jazz violinist Russell Farhang in the starring role as Frank Spano, Nino Giaimo (Uncle Nino from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Show with Vinny”) as undertaker Dominick Grimaldi, burlesque star Kat Mon Dieu as Lena Doino, jazz musician Howard Fishman as bandleader Henry Azelrod, and soprano Katie Kat as Millie Nelba.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE has attracted a roster of guest performers that has included bestselling author Neil Gaiman, musician Amanda Palmer, downtown theatre icon Edgar Oliver, actor/musician Euan Morton and others. New guest performers will be announced shortly.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is presented by Stageworks Media. It is performed on Saturdays at 5 PM (5 – 7:30 PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.).

Tickets to SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE are now available for performances through December 14th (no performance on Thanksgiving weekend, Sat, November 30th). Tickets are available in advance only (prices start at $55; Packages and VIP tables are available – up to $145 per person). Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214593.

Visit: www.speakeasydollhouse.com

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE: THE BLOODY BEGINNING

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214593.

NOVEMBER 23, 2013 at 5:00

DECEMBER 7, 2013 at 5:00

DECEMBER 14, 2013 at 5:00

With SPECIAL GUEST STAR, Tony Nominated EUAN MORTON on November 23rd and December 7th.

"No ordinary theater experience." 
- The Wall Street Journal

"An ornately turned-out, unique, and well-produced experience.” 
- Flavorpill

"Thrilling and delighting all the senses." 
- The Huffington Post

“An ingenious project jam-packed with creativity.” 
- Show Business Weekly

STAGEWORKS MEDIA
PRESENTS

CYNTHIA VON BUHLER’S
SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE

NEW YORK CITY’S INDIE IMMERSIVE THEATRE HIT
CELEBRATES ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH DECEMBER 14TH

Based on a true NYC murder case, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE 
immerses audience in a surreal, Prohibition-era time capsule
featuring live jazz, burlesque, mobsters, moonshine and more.

Transporting audiences to an era of mobsters, moonshine, and murder, Cynthia von Buhler’s SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, one of the city’s most unique, interactive, and surreal theatre experiences, proudly celebrates its two-year anniversary this month. Performing to sold-out audiences since October 2011, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE brings an actual unsolved Prohibition-era murder to life in the downtown building that once served as mobster Meyer Lansky’s hangout. SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is performed weekly (Saturdays at 5:00PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.). Tickets (advance only and starting at $55.00) are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE was created by artist and author Cynthia von Buhler, whose Italian immigrant grandfather, a speakeasy owner named Frank Spano, was shot and killed on a Manhattan street in 1935. 

Though the shooter was caught, his case was inexplicably dismissed, leaving the question of motive forever unanswered. Long haunted by the mystery, von Buhler, whose mother was born the day her grandfather died, began interviewing family members about the killing and scouring autopsy reports, police records, and court documents. Inspired by a 1940s investigative technique called “nutshell studies,” von Buhler first recreated the crime scene in an elaborate dollhouse diorama (which can be explored on location during each performance).

Von Buhler brought her miniature set to life in SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, which was first intended to be a one-night theatrical staging (via a successful Kickstarter campaign). It has since become a hot underground theater ticket, going from monthly performances to weekly performances as it consistently sold out, and extending its run repeatedly over the past two years. 

The SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE experience begins with a series of emails featuring actual 1935 news articles, court documents, and autopsy reports. Audience members also receive special instructions to show up dressed for a 1930’s night on the town at a secret address, including the password they will need to enter. Upon arrival, an audience member has their palm read by a fortune teller, and is assigned a role ranging from shooting a mobster to aiding in an autopsy. Once they step through the tiny door, they are transported into a perfect replica of a speakeasy, where they can eat cannoli, sip hooch disguised in coffee cups, play cards with gangsters, enjoy burlesque performances – and witness a shooting, funeral, murder investigation, and trial. 

Each show explores a different motive behind the murder, from jealousy over a suspected affair to a Mafia hit. As audience members meander through a speakeasy bar, a private alleyway, a bakery, and more, they are privy to conversations and whispered snippets from cast members about the victim’s marital infidelities, mob connections, and other clues. The piece is constantly evolving based on new scenarios sparked by spontaneous interactions between cast members and guests, who are encouraged to become full-fledged participants in the unfolding drama.

“SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is more than just a play – it is a time capsule that transports audiences to the scene of a riveting crime and then invites them to live fully in that world, erasing the boundary between themselves and the performers,” said von Buhler. 

The cast of SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE includes noted jazz violinist Russell Farhang in the starring role as Frank Spano, Nino Giaimo (Uncle Nino from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Show with Vinny”) as undertaker Dominick Grimaldi, burlesque star Kat Mon Dieu as Lena Doino, jazz musician Howard Fishman as bandleader Henry Azelrod, and soprano Katie Kat as Millie Nelba.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE has attracted a roster of guest performers that has included bestselling author Neil Gaiman, musician Amanda Palmer, downtown theatre icon Edgar Oliver, actor/musician Euan Morton and others. New guest performers will be announced shortly.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is presented by Stageworks Media. It is performed on Saturdays at 5 PM (5 – 7:30 PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.).

Tickets to SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE are now available for performances through December 14th (no performance on Thanksgiving weekend, Sat, November 30th). Tickets are available in advance only (prices start at $55; Packages and VIP tables are available – up to $145 per person). Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214593.

Visit: www.speakeasydollhouse.com

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THE IMMIGRANTS SHOW

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214593.

NOVEMBER 9, 2013 at 5:00

NOVEMBER 16, 2013 at 5:00

NOVEMBER 23, 2013 at 5:00

With SPECIAL GUEST STAR, Tony Nominated EUAN MORTON on November 16th and 23rd.

"No ordinary theater experience."
- The Wall Street Journal

"An ornately turned-out, unique, and well-produced experience.” 
- Flavorpill

"Thrilling and delighting all the senses." 
- The Huffington Post

“An ingenious project jam-packed with creativity.” 
- Show Business Weekly

STAGEWORKS MEDIA
PRESENTS

CYNTHIA VON BUHLER’S
SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE

NEW YORK CITY’S INDIE IMMERSIVE THEATRE HIT
CELEBRATES ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH DECEMBER 14TH

Based on a true NYC murder case, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE 
immerses audience in a surreal, Prohibition-era time capsule
featuring live jazz, burlesque, mobsters, moonshine and more.

Transporting audiences to an era of mobsters, moonshine, and murder, Cynthia von Buhler’s SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, one of the city’s most unique, interactive, and surreal theatre experiences, proudly celebrates its two-year anniversary this month. Performing to sold-out audiences since October 2011, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE brings an actual unsolved Prohibition-era murder to life in the downtown building that once served as mobster Meyer Lansky’s hangout. SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is performed weekly (Saturdays at 5:00PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.). Tickets (advance only and starting at $55.00) are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE was created by artist and author Cynthia von Buhler, whose Italian immigrant grandfather, a speakeasy owner named Frank Spano, was shot and killed on a Manhattan street in 1935. 

Though the shooter was caught, his case was inexplicably dismissed, leaving the question of motive forever unanswered. Long haunted by the mystery, von Buhler, whose mother was born the day her grandfather died, began interviewing family members about the killing and scouring autopsy reports, police records, and court documents. Inspired by a 1940s investigative technique called “nutshell studies,” von Buhler first recreated the crime scene in an elaborate dollhouse diorama (which can be explored on location during each performance).

Von Buhler brought her miniature set to life in SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, which was first intended to be a one-night theatrical staging (via a successful Kickstarter campaign). It has since become a hot underground theater ticket, going from monthly performances to weekly performances as it consistently sold out, and extending its run repeatedly over the past two years. 

The SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE experience begins with a series of emails featuring actual 1935 news articles, court documents, and autopsy reports. Audience members also receive special instructions to show up dressed for a 1930’s night on the town at a secret address, including the password they will need to enter. Upon arrival, an audience member has their palm read by a fortune teller, and is assigned a role ranging from shooting a mobster to aiding in an autopsy. Once they step through the tiny door, they are transported into a perfect replica of a speakeasy, where they can eat cannoli, sip hooch disguised in coffee cups, play cards with gangsters, enjoy burlesque performances – and witness a shooting, funeral, murder investigation, and trial. 

Each show explores a different motive behind the murder, from jealousy over a suspected affair to a Mafia hit. As audience members meander through a speakeasy bar, a private alleyway, a bakery, and more, they are privy to conversations and whispered snippets from cast members about the victim’s marital infidelities, mob connections, and other clues. The piece is constantly evolving based on new scenarios sparked by spontaneous interactions between cast members and guests, who are encouraged to become full-fledged participants in the unfolding drama.

“SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is more than just a play – it is a time capsule that transports audiences to the scene of a riveting crime and then invites them to live fully in that world, erasing the boundary between themselves and the performers,” said von Buhler. 

The cast of SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE includes noted jazz violinist Russell Farhang in the starring role as Frank Spano, Nino Giaimo (Uncle Nino from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Show with Vinny”) as undertaker Dominick Grimaldi, burlesque star Kat Mon Dieu as Lena Doino, jazz musician Howard Fishman as bandleader Henry Azelrod, and soprano Katie Kat as Millie Nelba.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE has attracted a roster of guest performers that has included bestselling author Neil Gaiman, musician Amanda Palmer, downtown theatre icon Edgar Oliver, actor/musician Euan Morton and others. New guest performers will be announced shortly.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is presented by Stageworks Media. It is performed on Saturdays at 5 PM (5 – 7:30 PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.).

Tickets to SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE are now available for performances through December 14th (no performance on Thanksgiving weekend, Sat, November 30th). Tickets are available in advance only (prices start at $55; Packages and VIP tables are available – up to $145 per person). Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214593.

Visit: www.speakeasydollhouse.com

We are thrilled to announce our next play in the Speakeasy Dollhouse series: The Brothers Booth! Tickets:http://speakeasydollhouse.com/play.html

(Source: )

THE IMMIGRANTS SHOW

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214593.”No ordinary theater experience.” 

NOVEMBER 2, 2013 at 5:00

NOVEMBER 9, 2013 at 5:00

NOVEMBER 16, 2013 at 5:00

NOVEMBER 23, 2013 at 5:00

With SPECIAL GUEST STAR, Tony Nominated EUAN MORTON on November 16th and 23rd.

- The Wall Street Journal

"An ornately turned-out, unique, and well-produced experience.” 
- Flavorpill

"Thrilling and delighting all the senses." 
- The Huffington Post

“An ingenious project jam-packed with creativity.” 
- Show Business Weekly

STAGEWORKS MEDIA
PRESENTS

CYNTHIA VON BUHLER’S
SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE

NEW YORK CITY’S INDIE IMMERSIVE THEATRE HIT
CELEBRATES ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH DECEMBER 14TH

Based on a true NYC murder case, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE 
immerses audience in a surreal, Prohibition-era time capsule
featuring live jazz, burlesque, mobsters, moonshine and more.

Transporting audiences to an era of mobsters, moonshine, and murder, Cynthia von Buhler’s SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, one of the city’s most unique, interactive, and surreal theatre experiences, proudly celebrates its two-year anniversary this month. Performing to sold-out audiences since October 2011, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE brings an actual unsolved Prohibition-era murder to life in the downtown building that once served as mobster Meyer Lansky’s hangout. SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is performed weekly (Saturdays at 5:00PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.). Tickets (advance only and starting at $55.00) are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE was created by artist and author Cynthia von Buhler, whose Italian immigrant grandfather, a speakeasy owner named Frank Spano, was shot and killed on a Manhattan street in 1935. 

Though the shooter was caught, his case was inexplicably dismissed, leaving the question of motive forever unanswered. Long haunted by the mystery, von Buhler, whose mother was born the day her grandfather died, began interviewing family members about the killing and scouring autopsy reports, police records, and court documents. Inspired by a 1940s investigative technique called “nutshell studies,” von Buhler first recreated the crime scene in an elaborate dollhouse diorama (which can be explored on location during each performance).

Von Buhler brought her miniature set to life in SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, which was first intended to be a one-night theatrical staging (via a successful Kickstarter campaign). It has since become a hot underground theater ticket, going from monthly performances to weekly performances as it consistently sold out, and extending its run repeatedly over the past two years. 

The SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE experience begins with a series of emails featuring actual 1935 news articles, court documents, and autopsy reports. Audience members also receive special instructions to show up dressed for a 1930’s night on the town at a secret address, including the password they will need to enter. Upon arrival, an audience member has their palm read by a fortune teller, and is assigned a role ranging from shooting a mobster to aiding in an autopsy. Once they step through the tiny door, they are transported into a perfect replica of a speakeasy, where they can eat cannoli, sip hooch disguised in coffee cups, play cards with gangsters, enjoy burlesque performances – and witness a shooting, funeral, murder investigation, and trial. 

Each show explores a different motive behind the murder, from jealousy over a suspected affair to a Mafia hit. As audience members meander through a speakeasy bar, a private alleyway, a bakery, and more, they are privy to conversations and whispered snippets from cast members about the victim’s marital infidelities, mob connections, and other clues. The piece is constantly evolving based on new scenarios sparked by spontaneous interactions between cast members and guests, who are encouraged to become full-fledged participants in the unfolding drama.

“SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is more than just a play – it is a time capsule that transports audiences to the scene of a riveting crime and then invites them to live fully in that world, erasing the boundary between themselves and the performers,” said von Buhler. 

The cast of SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE includes noted jazz violinist Russell Farhang in the starring role as Frank Spano, Nino Giaimo (Uncle Nino from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Show with Vinny”) as undertaker Dominick Grimaldi, burlesque star Kat Mon Dieu as Lena Doino, jazz musician Howard Fishman as bandleader Henry Azelrod, and soprano Katie Kat as Millie Nelba.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE has attracted a roster of guest performers that has included bestselling author Neil Gaiman, musician Amanda Palmer, downtown theatre icon Edgar Oliver, actor/musician Euan Morton and others. New guest performers will be announced shortly.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is presented by Stageworks Media. It is performed on Saturdays at 5 PM (5 – 7:30 PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.).

Tickets to SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE are now available for performances through December 14th (no performance on Thanksgiving weekend, Sat, November 30th). Tickets are available in advance only (prices start at $55; Packages and VIP tables are available – up to $145 per person). Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214593.

Visit: www.speakeasydollhouse.com

STAGEWORKS MEDIA

PRESENTS

CYNTHIA VON BUHLER’S
SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE

NEW YORK CITY’S INDIE IMMERSIVE THEATRE HIT
CELEBRATES ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH DECEMBER 14TH

Based on a true NYC murder case, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE 
immerses audience in a surreal, Prohibition-era time capsule
featuring live jazz, burlesque, mobsters, moonshine and more.

Transporting audiences to an era of mobsters, moonshine, and murder, Cynthia von Buhler’s SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, one of the city’s most unique, interactive, and surreal theatre experiences, proudly celebrates its two-year anniversary this month. Performing to sold-out audiences since October 2011, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE brings an actual unsolved Prohibition-era murder to life in the downtown building that once served as mobster Meyer Lansky’s hangout. SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is performed weekly (Saturdays at 5:00PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.). Tickets (advance only and starting at $55.00) are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE was created by artist and author Cynthia von Buhler, whose Italian immigrant grandfather, a speakeasy owner named Frank Spano, was shot and killed on a Manhattan street in 1935. 

Though the shooter was caught, his case was inexplicably dismissed, leaving the question of motive forever unanswered. Long haunted by the mystery, von Buhler, whose mother was born the day her grandfather died, began interviewing family members about the killing and scouring autopsy reports, police records, and court documents. Inspired by a 1940s investigative technique called “nutshell studies,” von Buhler first recreated the crime scene in an elaborate dollhouse diorama (which can be explored on location during each performance).

Von Buhler brought her miniature set to life in SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, which was first intended to be a one-night theatrical staging (via a successful Kickstarter campaign). It has since become a hot underground theater ticket, going from monthly performances to weekly performances as it consistently sold out, and extending its run repeatedly over the past two years. 

The SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE experience begins with a series of emails featuring actual 1935 news articles, court documents, and autopsy reports. Audience members also receive special instructions to show up dressed for a 1930’s night on the town at a secret address, including the password they will need to enter. Upon arrival, an audience member has their palm read by a fortune teller, and is assigned a role ranging from shooting a mobster to aiding in an autopsy. Once they step through the tiny door, they are transported into a perfect replica of a speakeasy, where they can eat cannoli, sip hooch disguised in coffee cups, play cards with gangsters, enjoy burlesque performances – and witness a shooting, funeral, murder investigation, and trial. 

Each show explores a different motive behind the murder, from jealousy over a suspected affair to a Mafia hit. As audience members meander through a speakeasy bar, a private alleyway, a bakery, and more, they are privy to conversations and whispered snippets from cast members about the victim’s marital infidelities, mob connections, and other clues. The piece is constantly evolving based on new scenarios sparked by spontaneous interactions between cast members and guests, who are encouraged to become full-fledged participants in the unfolding drama.

“SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is more than just a play – it is a time capsule that transports audiences to the scene of a riveting crime and then invites them to live fully in that world, erasing the boundary between themselves and the performers,” said von Buhler. 

The cast of SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE includes noted jazz violinist Russell Farhang in the starring role as Frank Spano, Nino Giaimo (Uncle Nino from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Show with Vinny”) as undertaker Dominick Grimaldi, burlesque star Kat Mon Dieu as Lena Doino, jazz musician Howard Fishman as bandleader Henry Azelrod, and soprano Katie Kat as Millie Nelba.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE has attracted a roster of guest performers that has included bestselling author Neil Gaiman, musician Amanda Palmer, downtown theatre icon Edgar Oliver, and others. New guest performers will be announced shortly.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is presented by Stageworks Media. It is performed on Saturdays at 5 PM (5 – 7:30 PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.).

Tickets to SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE are now available for performances through December 14th (no performance on Thanksgiving weekend, Sat, November 30th). Tickets are available in advance only (prices start at $55; Packages and VIP tables are available – up to $145 per person). Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/
event/214593.

Visit: www.speakeasydollhouse.com

Knock knock! Peter Moses found one of the Speakeasy Dollhouse portal door (at 29th and 2nd in Manhattan) in March 2013. He photographed it. He passed by the door again this month and there was an unexpected guest bursting through! Beautiful! Thanks for sending us these Peter! Knock knock! Peter Moses found one of the Speakeasy Dollhouse portal door (at 29th and 2nd in Manhattan) in March 2013. He photographed it. He passed by the door again this month and there was an unexpected guest bursting through! Beautiful! Thanks for sending us these Peter! Knock knock! Peter Moses found one of the Speakeasy Dollhouse portal door (at 29th and 2nd in Manhattan) in March 2013. He photographed it. He passed by the door again this month and there was an unexpected guest bursting through! Beautiful! Thanks for sending us these Peter! Knock knock! Peter Moses found one of the Speakeasy Dollhouse portal door (at 29th and 2nd in Manhattan) in March 2013. He photographed it. He passed by the door again this month and there was an unexpected guest bursting through! Beautiful! Thanks for sending us these Peter!

    Knock knock! Peter Moses found one of the Speakeasy Dollhouse portal door (at 29th and 2nd in Manhattan) in March 2013. He photographed it. He passed by the door again this month and there was an unexpected guest bursting through! Beautiful! Thanks for sending us these Peter!

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