THE GAME THEATRE is a NYC based company producing feverish, large-scale Live Role-Play Game experiences that mix LARP with strategy gaming and social deduction to create a compelling realm of interactive theatre where you, and the players around you, decide the ultimate outcome.
The 'Game' element of THE GAME THEATRE is a collection of designs that trigger human psychology from a variety of perspectives. Our experiences combine elements of traditional tabletop strategy gaming (with ramifications that go far beyond the table itself) with LARP to create a gripping interpersonal alternate reality.
Our events entertain experienced players yet are also very approachable for those with little to no experience in role-play or interactive gaming. The Game Directors 'cast' everyone in roles that are best suited for their background and interests. Moreover, our events are always "a game, within a game" so there are multiple channels of exploration available for you.
Become someone 'new' and forge a unique destiny through social engagement...
The 'Theatre' element of THE GAME THEATRE is something magical that occurs between players when the experience begins. In experimental dramatic circles it's often referred to as interactive theatre. We do not hire performers, or plant actors secretly in the crowd (although many still do not believe this fact). The 'show' is the spectacle of the real-time social progression that arrises from the shared experience between you those with whom you choose to engage.
Simply put: the strategy game and the social game feed one another to create a pervasive experience that erases the line between spectator and performer. We aim to make tangible social strategy, team building, and organic story telling an experience to behold.
With nearly four years research & development, under the cover of a variety of espionage themed role-play events in key NYC locations, THE GAME THEATRE has created original, player dictated, event formulas. You will self-navigate new realms to uncover information, locate allies, identify adversaries, and make daring decisions. This results in unexpected and exciting interpersonal connections, and its between these connections that interactive theatre is born. On typical night when you go out with friends you may talk to a few strangers, but will mostly communicate within your own group. You're now hereby warned: not with us.
Our Mission: all of us exist in an enveloping sensory (yes... often annoying) world where we are constantly forced to be a passive viewer and spectator. Whether it be your phone, online, or other channel, our eyes and ears are targeted every second...
Our experiences seek to shatter this through purest social activity and large-scale gaming, and one powerful tool we employ is Team Building. You will arrive as your 'Role' but often you will conclude the experience with genuine new connections, organic real-time experiences (and "I cannot believe it was you!" enemies) you never anticipated.
Our mainstay is diplomacy and treachery! At our events, trust no one!
Live Action Role Play, this is the real deal. While other LARPing can get really deep, The Game Theatre does a great job at providing an “entry level” experience that might blow your mind... Senior Players will be planted within the audience and will be messing with you in the funniest of ways. By mid point in the night, things will get hot and people will be yelling as plot twists blow the lid on what you thought immersive theatre could be. It’s amazing the depth and time the producers have put into for this production. I guarantee you’ve never experienced anything like this before. - Adam Aleksander (adamaleksanderpresents.com)
THE GAME THEATRE's experiences are organically designed, but never predetermined or scripted. The Game Directors provide you (and everyone else) with personal and team objectives that direct the progression of events so outcomes are both highly anticipated and the "win v.s. lose" conditions are transparent and measurable. We respect and honor our player guests, so you will precisely know why good (or bad) things have happened.
Of course, attaining Ultimate Victory for your team (or yourself) is coveted, however what's most memorable is the strategic strategy and social journey that you will have embarked on, as this is the centerpiece of our entertainment value.
The founders and principals of THE GAME THEATRE are knowns as 'The Game Directors'.
Evan Michaels, Esq. is an attorney and agent for creatives. He is the producer, writer, casting, game designer, and Master of Ceremonies for the production. Legal Website [password: Creativelawyer]
Christopher Batarlis is the lead game designer, possessing a London theater background. He's also Co-Master of Ceremonies and President of his own board game company, Everything Epic.
Evan and Chris have been producing Off-Off-Broadway role-play events for four years. They have also worked with major film studios on promotional events and have been featured at leading game conventions to display new design content.
The company also collaborates with immersive spaces and content artist Vivian Charlesworth.