Give Up the Ghost

Critics

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Reviews: 5

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Give Up the Ghost reverses the typical Halloween haunt—here, you play your dead self called back from the shore of Eternity to bear witness to the sorrows and terrors of the living.

This is not a gore fest or jump-scare maze.

You will interact with characters at the edge of life and death in scenes that can be violent, tragic, intense, and occasionally darkly humorous. The choices you make will haunt you, will change your own story, and just might change the entire narrative.

What choices will you make, as your light grows dim?

Each show lasts approximately 80 minutes. Some scenes are open for viewing anytime, others require a Shadow to guide you. Some scenes are for large groups, some are for smaller groups, some are for one person only. You will likely not get to see all the scenes in one viewing, but that's OK, your story is unique. Participants can choose to interact with the actors or not. You can touch some actors (from fingertips to elbow only, not roughly), actors will not touch you.

There will be a waiver to sign at check in.

This is an expanded version of One Last Thing Before You Go, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed Hollywood Fringe Festival production from 2018 by Spectacular Disaster Factory, LLC, the wife-husband team of Kirsten Hageleit & Aaron Vanek.

A portion of our box office goes both to the First Christian Church of Whittier (501c3), before they convert to low-income senior housing, and The Game Academy, a 501c3 that uses role-playing for education.

Use discount code CASPER and get $10 off regular ticket price

Reviews

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While their previous show One Last Thing Before I Go is still arguably one of my favorite immersive shows in recent years, GIVE UP THE GHOST loses the charm and thematic impact that its predecessor had. Don’t get me wrong. There’s still a lot good to be found in the show itself, but the unevenness of the vignettes, the onboarding process, and the confusion as to what tone the team was trying to go for brings down this ambitious project.

sweet-sour - Sarah Musnicky - Nightmarish Conjurings - ...read full review


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Give Up The Ghost is interactive theatre at its haunting best, inviting "recently dead" audience members to weigh the moral consequences of intervening in the world of the living...

Give Up The Ghost registers so highly on the PKE Meter that it is virtually off the scale. Though not a traditional scare show, the interactive play offers an ethereal voyage into limbo, where the audience become disembodied spirits, spying upon the living.

sweet - Steve Biodrowski - Hollywood Gothique - ...read full review


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We’d love to see the team continue to build, broaden and refine this concept for future events. Since it is mostly based on the trials and tragedies of human life, there will always be a plethora of content to pull from. If you go in with an open mind and willingness to play along, we think you’ll be impressed with what they’ve put together.

sweet - Sara Kinne - The Haunt List - ...read full review


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Give Up the Ghost poses emotional and interesting questions, giving the audience the opportunity to dig deep within themselves and come away with even more to think about. The style and audience agency highlight this idea of choice, and the actors shine in their scenes. Give Up the Ghost is a beautiful love letter to what it means to be innately human, and makes audiences want to linger in the Underworld just a little longer.

sweet - Lacey Pawlowicz - Haunting - ...read full review


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It’s that pure committing to the bit that makes GUTG worth the price of admission alone.

Tone remains a bit of an issue, as a few of the scenes feel like they’re reaching to be more profound than they actually are. Yet there’s no denying that the majority of the scenarios that Hageleit and Vanek devise are well tuned for eliciting interaction.

sweet - Noah J Nelson - No Proscenium - ...read full review


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While their previous show One Last Thing Before I Go is still arguably one of my favorite immersive shows in recent years, GIVE UP THE GHOST loses the charm and thematic impact that its predecessor had. Don’t get me wrong. There’s still a lot good to be found in the show itself, but the unevenness of the vignettes, the onboarding process, and the confusion as to what tone the team was trying to go for brings down this ambitious project.

sweet-sour - Sarah Musnicky - Nightmarish Conjurings - ...read full review


Avatar

Give Up The Ghost is interactive theatre at its haunting best, inviting "recently dead" audience members to weigh the moral consequences of intervening in the world of the living...

Give Up The Ghost registers so highly on the PKE Meter that it is virtually off the scale. Though not a traditional scare show, the interactive play offers an ethereal voyage into limbo, where the audience become disembodied spirits, spying upon the living.

sweet - Steve Biodrowski - Hollywood Gothique - ...read full review


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We’d love to see the team continue to build, broaden and refine this concept for future events. Since it is mostly based on the trials and tragedies of human life, there will always be a plethora of content to pull from. If you go in with an open mind and willingness to play along, we think you’ll be impressed with what they’ve put together.

sweet - Sara Kinne - The Haunt List - ...read full review


Avatar

Give Up the Ghost poses emotional and interesting questions, giving the audience the opportunity to dig deep within themselves and come away with even more to think about. The style and audience agency highlight this idea of choice, and the actors shine in their scenes. Give Up the Ghost is a beautiful love letter to what it means to be innately human, and makes audiences want to linger in the Underworld just a little longer.

sweet - Lacey Pawlowicz - Haunting - ...read full review


Avatar

It’s that pure committing to the bit that makes GUTG worth the price of admission alone.

Tone remains a bit of an issue, as a few of the scenes feel like they’re reaching to be more profound than they actually are. Yet there’s no denying that the majority of the scenarios that Hageleit and Vanek devise are well tuned for eliciting interaction.

sweet - Noah J Nelson - No Proscenium - ...read full review