The Soap Factory and Live Action Set are very excited to announce the remount of Crime and Punishment in April of 2015!
As one of the most successful shows in the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival, Live Action Set's Crime and Punishment brings an expertly crafted immersive theater experience to The Soap Factory's basement. Hailed as "a triumph ... of tone and design", "elegantly constructed" and "impossibly rich" by the Tangential and a promise to "provoke, frighten, amuse, and evoke at once" by Minnesota Monthly, Crime and Punishment is an experience not to be missed.
Inspired by the Dostoyevsky novel, featuring text by John Olive, Crime and Punishment blends physical theater and dance into an adventurous, immersive performance.
As the performance unfolds, 10 story-lines develop simultaneously. Tension builds, and the audience chooses which action to follow, creating their own unique experience. The story charges forward with engaging, physical performance developed by Live Action Set’s Artistic Director, Noah Bremer and gory blood effects, by Tyler Olsen of Rawredmeat productions. The incredible cast includes seasoned actor Candace Barrett Birk, noted dancer Stephanie Fellner and many more who blend dynamic physical performance styles.
The audience dons masks and descends 19 steps, into the sprawling, fractured world of Crime and Punishment, beginning a tormented journey. The striking mask worn by the audience fully immerses them into Crime and Punishment. Each member of the audience is implicated in the action; choosing how to experience this robust performance and where to find the story.
This site-specific performance envelops the audience in a fully immersive environment. Twisted, surreal rooms sprawl throughout The Soap Factory’s industrial basement space. Set designer Erica Zaffarano teamed with visual and multimedia artists, sound designer Michael Croswell, special effects makeup artist Kristen Leigh and custom smell scientists from the St. Croix Sensory to create lush, detailed environments.
Due to some adult content, Crime and Punishment is not recommended for those under 16 years old.
We recommend the audience wears comfortable shoes as they will walk and stand for extended periods of time during their performance experience. We also encourage you to wear contact lenses as opposed to glasses, for comfort during the performance. All audience members will wear a mask for the duration of the performance.
With 10 story-lines unfolding simultaneously and an infinite number of things to explore, we recommend you see Crime and Punishment several times! Tickets are extremely limited, so reserve yours in advance!