The Grand Paradise Is Now Closed
The work ran from January 30th - December 31, 2016

Please visit us at Third Rail Projects and join us for our currently running immersive hit Then She Fell.

The Grand Paradise by Bessie Award-winning Third Rail Projects
Creators of the long-running immersive theater hit Then She Fell

A pas de deux of desire and death, a midlife crisis, a coming of age, and a search for the Fountain of Youth at the resort of the eternally brokenhearted.

Set in those hazy and culturally liminal years of the late 1970s becoming the 1980s, The Grand Paradise was a tropical resort that purported to be the home of the original, genuine Fountain of Youth whose waters promise to quench our deepest longings. Greeted with a tropical drink, a garland of flowers, and an overly-cheerful activities director, visitors encounted the resort’s resident population; characters who embody the era’s shifting and blurring values — a rogue’s gallery of eccentrics, hustlers, eternal youths, gods, monsters, disco queens, and con men. Guests were invited to explore the resort and beaches, watch a floorshow, follow performers into one-on-one encounters, and trade their faded ideals for shiny new illusions.




The Grand Paradise
by Third Rail Projects 

 Zach MorrisTom PearsonJennine Willett

 Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett
in collaboration with The Company

Bill Caleo and Zach Stern


Erik Abbott-Main, Elizabeth Carena, Alberto Denis, Ashley Handel, Roxanne Kidd, Jeff Lyon, Rebekah Morin, Lauren Muraski, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Tara O'Con, Wil Petre, Joshua Reaver, Katrina Reid, Edward Rice, Ashley Robicheaux, Sebastiani Romagnolo, Jessy Smith, Tori Sparks, Niko Tsocanos, Carlton Cyrus Ward


Rachel Abrahams, Matthew Albert, Erika Boudreau-Barbee, Guilia Carotenuto, Andy Chapman, Elisa Davis, Alberto Denis, Jake Ely, Benjamin Freedman, Amy Gernux, Gierre Godley, Joseph Harris, Julia Jurgilewicz, Roxanne Kidd, Madison Krekel, Justin Lynch, Rebekah Morin, Krista Morgenson, Zach Morris, Lauren Muraski, Taylor Myers, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Tara O’Con, Joshua Reaver, Katrina Reid, Edward Rice, Alex M Schell, Julie Seal, Bre Short, Jessy Smith, Bryan Strimpel, Jeff Sykes, Jake Szczypek, Simon Thomas-Train, Niko Tsocanos, Carlton Cyrus Ward


Nick Auer, Michael Bell, TJ Burleson, Cameron Michael Burns, Heather Frew, Dana Gal, Joshua Gonzales, Ange Lopilato, Samara Seligsohn, Kristina Vnook, Michaela Whiting, Sarah Weinflash


Production Design: Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett
Original Music & Sound Design: Sean Hagerty
Costume Design: Karen Young
Scenic Design: Elisabeth Svenningsen
Lighting Coordinator: The Dangerous Lady

Assistant Directors: Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Edward Rice
Stage Manager: Kristina Vnook
Construction Lead: Carlton Cyrus Ward
Production Manager: Brittany Crowell
Assosciate Production Managers: Jordan Schulze, Elisabeth Svenningsen
Rehearsal Directors: Jessy Smith, Niko Tsocanos

Assistant Stage Managers: Nick Auer, TJ Burleson, Dana Gal, Sarah Weinflash
Assistant Stage Manager Swings: Cameron Michael Burns, Samara Seligsohn
Production Assistants: Heather Frew, Ange Lopilato, Michaela Whiting
Production Interns: Jake Ely, Johanna Hunter
Box Office Manager: Michael Bell
Box Office Associate: Joshua Gonzales
Box Office Staff: Dana Gal

Associate Sound Design: Isaiah Singer
Costume Design Assistant : Audrey Ketchell
Scenic Charge: Beth Svenningsen

Scenic Artists: Julia Bilbao, TJ Burleson, Emma McDonnellLarissa Skye Van Rensselaer
Scenic Interns: James Barber, Greer Duckworth, Kalyani Priyadarsan, Brendan Sullivan
Illustrations and Graphic Design: Emma McDonnell
Props Coordinator: Kristina Vnook
Wardrobe Supervisor: TJ Burleson

Wardrobe Assistant: Mary Rubi
Stitchers: Anna Alisa Belous, Jin Ha Fan
Build Crew: Claire Bacon, Emma Hoette, Rebekah Morin, Parker Murphy,
Lily Ockwell, Sebastiani Romangnolo, Tristan Sylvester, Simon Thomas-Train

Light Crew: Where Huertas, Jeromy Hunt, Melissa Mizell
Sound Crew: Olivia Gemelli


Sean Hagerty: electric mandolin, violin, banjo
Isaiah Singer: bass, electric piano, electric, acoustic, and steel guitars, harmonica
Ben Magnuson: Rhodes piano, organ
Mike Lunoe: drums, percussion

"Echo (Drink till You Drown)"
Lyrics by Tom Pearson
Music by Sean Hagerty and Elizabeth Carena

"Hourglass (If We Could Find…)"
Lyrics by Tom Pearson
Music by Sean Hagerty and Elizabeth Carena

In-Flight Video
Producer: Tori Sparks
Performers: Performers: Michael Bell, Einy Åm Sparks
Video Editor: Einy Åm Sparks
Director of Photography: Julio Florio
Technical Supervisor: Tyler Sparks


Artistic Directors: Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, Jennine Willett
Associate Artistic Director: Marissa Nielsen-Pincus
Production Manager: Brittany Crowell
Business Manager: Edward Rice
Development Associate: Niko Tsocanos
Marketing Associate: Joshua Reaver
Social Media Manager: Tara O'Con


Hailed as one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive and experiential dance and theater, Third Rail Projects, led by Artistic Directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett, is dedicated to re-envisioning ways in which audiences engage with contemporary performance. They have made work in New York, nationally, and abroad since 2000. Their currently running, award-winning immersive hit Then She Fell, was named as one of the “Top Ten Shows of the 2012” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, and acclaimed as one of the best theater experiences of 2013 by Vogue.

In 2016, the company premiered four major works, all of which were met with massive critical and audience recognition: As Time Goes By in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sweet & Lucky with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Learning Curve with Albany Park Theater Project in Chicago, and The Grand Paradise, in Brooklyn which ran for 11 months and garnered rave reviews and Critic’s Picks from The New York Times and Time Out New York, among others.

The artistic directors and company work nationally on new immersive and site-specific projects and internationally through the newly launched Global Performance Studio (GPS), which combines Third Rail Projects’ creative and educational offerings through a program of cultural listening and exchange. Third Rail Projects has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards for Then She Fell (2013) and Vanishing Point (2008), and the artistic directors were recently named among the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine.

Fundamental to Third Rail Projects is the notion of re-imagining contexts for presenting contemporary work, as exemplified by a history of creating work sought after by avid dance and theater goers as well as underserved populations and those seeking unique experiences. Collaboration is integral to all of Third Rail Projects’ endeavors, both in the creative process as well as the intersection with each new site, community, and cultural landscape in which they work. This manifests in numerous points of inquiry and programmatic objectives that foster artistic exchange and shared practice across unique communities.

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Thank you to Third Rail Projects' Producers Circle — visionary champions
who helped make the development of The Grand Paradise possible.

Mark Baltazar, Christina Basch, Stephen Berenson, Beth Biegler, Ron Black, Christy Burke, John Callery, Lisa and Joe Carena, James Cavanaugh, Jae Day, Kelly DeAngelis, Mark Dobrow, Alice Doo, Ellen Elkins, Aron Estaver, Lawton Fitt and James McLaren, Dr. Peter C. Friedman, Carla Geisser, Judy and Steven Gluckstern and The Lucky Star Foundation, Daniel Gomez, Matthew Gratz, Harvey Guion, Rick Hamilton, David Held, Stephanie and Ron Kramer, Brett Kuehner, Lisa LaMattina, Adam Landry, Patty Laxton, Leonard Lee, Laura Leslie, Giorgio Manes, Tony Mansour, Karyn Margolis, Chris Michaud, Virginia and Timothy Millhiser, Maggie and Ken Morris, Mary Ellen Obias, Laureen Ojalvo and PJ Maglione, Maria Pacana, Thomas Palmer and Dominique Alfandre, Jennifer Pontius, Brette Popper and Paul Spraos, Sheila Raughter, Charles Read, Darcy Reaver, Marta Renzi, Susan and Tom Rice, Lynn and John Salmon, Tim and Anna Schumacher, Diego Segallini and Daria Masullo, Brad Seiler, Martha Sherman, Lindsi Shine, Jill Slater, Dr. Philip Sohn, Robert Stevens, James Stuart, Kimberly and Mark Tsocanos, and Julian Yap

Thanks also to our 2015 Kickstarter backers who helped make this work possible.

The development phase of The Grand Paradise was made possible, in part, with initial support from Governors Island, Materials for the Arts/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Sanitation, The [QuA2D] Art Mill Residency in Jeffersonville, NY provided by Daniel Castellanos & John Wenk, Third Rail’s fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas &; and by Third Rail Projects, with support from individual and institutional donors, and volunteers. Third Rail Projects also extends its sincerest gratitude to Arts Brookfield for its significant support throughout the development of The Grand Paradise.

Additional thanks: Tara O’Con, Bob Ocon - Federal Aviation Administration, New York Center, JetBlue Airways, John Martin - Manager Air Traffic Services for JetBlue Airways, Tamara Young - Manager Corporate Communications for JetBlue Airways Hewn Bros., Infinite Scenic, NJ Agwuna, Anna Aschliman, Nick Auer, Erika Barbee, Julia Bilbao, Aidan Bose-Rosling, Giulia Carotenuto, Erin Cohen, Kirsten Cooper, Megan Correia, Brittany Crowell, Alberto Denis, Carina Don, Brendan Duggan, Caitlin Dutton, Desi Fisher, Jim Freeman, Gabriela Gowdie, Dana Gal, Abagail Greenbaum, Ashley Handel, Emma Hoette, Brian James, Meridith Jones, Julia Kelly, Roxanne Kidd, Annette Koehn, Kate Ladenheim, Valerie Light, Justin Lynch, Jeff Lyon, Zach Martens, Emma McDonnell, Zach McNally, Rebekah Morin, Parker Murphy, Christina Ng, Alannah O’Hagan, Lily Ockwell, Paul Olmer, Emily Padden, Eh-den Perlove, Carly Plagianakos, Aimee Plauche, Brendan Quigley, Becky Radway, Joshua Reaver, Kristina Reid, Max Robinson, Sebastiani Romagnolo, Kim Savarino, Alex Schell, Alison Schilling, Kelsey Schroth, Julie Seal, Samara Seligsohn, Jessy Smith, Shanyn Strüb, Sam Swanton, Simon Thomas-Train, Ava-Margeaux Tierney, Rebecca Vineyard, Kristina Vnook, Stewart Wagner, Erin Young.