Someone Else's House

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Obie Award-winning multimedia artist Jared Mezzocchi has a harrowing story to tell: his family’s frightening, true-life haunting inside a 200-year-old New England house. Flip the switch, light your candles, and prepare yourself (as best you can) for this first-hand story of terror with the latest interactive production from the Geffen Stayhouse.

NOTE: Due to mature content, children 12 and under are strictly prohibited.

Someone Else's House

In advance of your show, you’ll receive a box of items to help you set the scene for your performance, as well as important artifacts with which you’ll interact during the show. Shipping charges for US audiences are included in the ticket price.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Audiences of up to 40 households will be mailed a haunting kit ahead of their show date. The shipping box can be opened, but the haunting kit is not to be opened until instructed during the show.
  • Audiences are encouraged to create the mood for their ghost story environment: light some candles (safely), turn off the lights, close the blinds, etc.
  • This production will use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Audience members will “check-in” to their show up to 30 minutes ahead of curtain, and may be asked to interact with Jared. Please be prepared to share your video at all times.

 

Someone Else's House

THE BACKSTORY

By Jared Mezzocchi

This is my family’s true story. The house you see in the “broken mirror” picture is an actual photo of the property taken just before a series of terrifying events began to unfold there. These occurrences took place before I was born and I’ve spent my whole life frightening my friends at bars and around campfires with the tales.

But during this past year of complete isolation, I’ve found myself digging deeper into my family story-- aligning my family’s memories with the actual history of the house and its previous inhabitants. I had no idea how much there was to unearth, and I now hope to tell it from an entirely new perspective. I want to release my family from the decades-old anxieties that they still hold-- and I think I might be a step closer to achieving that.

I hope that audiences find themselves both thrilled by the haunted nature of the experience, as well as able to appreciate mortality, family, and the undeniable need for ghost stories amidst such a challenging time in the world.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Mailing address required for delivery of your haunting kit. Packages will be shipped UPS for United States orders (USPS for post office box addresses); FedEx for Canadian orders (additional fees apply).
  • Internet access is required, with audio/video conferencing capability.
  • You must be willing to participate and have a good time!

BUY OUT A SHOW

Full show buy-outs are available, even for dates not currently listed on the calendar. Looking for a fun group activity for friends, family or employees? Contact Karen Gutierrez at kareng@geffenplayhouse.org.

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PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Runtime
70 minutes, no intermission.
Late Seating
The virtual lobby will open 30 minutes prior to your showtime. There will be no late seating.
Warnings
Given the unique nature and logistics of this production, tickets must be purchased seven days in advance of any given performance date.

AGE RESTRICTION: Due to mature content, children 12 and under are strictly prohibited.

Reviews

At the beginning of each performance, Jared guides the audience through examining the materials within the haunting kit box, going over the Johnson family tree and asking selected audience members to read about a few of them from the back of cards in their possession. This is one of the few really interactive times during the performance since once he starts telling tales as he walks through the house, there is no time to stop to ask the audience any questions as Jared winds up running for his life to escape the terror within the Enfield Village Victorian, built in 1800 by the eccentric Johnson family patriarch. And since Jared has shared its floor plan with us, each moment gets more frightening as he runs from room to room while revealing some of the secrets he has discovered about its spooky history.

Kudos to the imaginative Jared Mezzocchi for writing and performing such an entertaining show that will wrap you up in the terror along with him. In fact, be sure to notice the reactions of other audience members on the screen with you as the suspense mounts! Director Margot Bordelon along with the Virtual Design Collective (VIDCO) production team offer dazzling lighting, special effects and mysterious projections that will certainly grab your attention, even when the moment passes so quickly you are left wondering exactly what you just saw!

sweet - Shari Barrett - Culver City News - ...read full review


At the beginning of each performance, Jared guides the audience through examining the materials within the haunting kit box, going over the Johnson family tree and asking selected audience members to read about a few of them from the back of cards in their possession. This is one of the few really interactive times during the performance since once he starts telling tales as he walks through the house, there is no time to stop to ask the audience any questions as Jared winds up running for his life to escape the terror within the Enfield Village Victorian, built in 1800 by the eccentric Johnson family patriarch. And since Jared has shared its floor plan with us, each moment gets more frightening as he runs from room to room while revealing some of the secrets he has discovered about its spooky history.

Kudos to the imaginative Jared Mezzocchi for writing and performing such an entertaining show that will wrap you up in the terror along with him. In fact, be sure to notice the reactions of other audience members on the screen with you as the suspense mounts! Director Margot Bordelon along with the Virtual Design Collective (VIDCO) production team offer dazzling lighting, special effects and mysterious projections that will certainly grab your attention, even when the moment passes so quickly you are left wondering exactly what you just saw!

sweet - Shari Barrett - Culver City News - ...read full review