The Grand Paradise by Bessie Award-winning Third Rail Projects
Creators of the long-running immersive theater hit Then She Fell
Tickets on sale through December 31, 2016

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 is a tropical resort that purports 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 encounter 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 are 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, Lia Bonfilio, Erika Boudreau-Barbee, Elizabeth Carena, 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

*Cast for each evening's performance is posted in your itinerary & travel documents


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
Managing Director: Elizabeth Carena
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 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 for over 15 years. Their award-winning immersive hit Then She Fell, was named as one of the “Top Ten Shows of 2012” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, and acclaimed as one of the best theater experiences of 2013 by Vogue magazine. The company continues Then She Fell alongside its current immersive hit The Grand Paradise which opened in February 2016. Meanwhile, 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’s 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). Third Rail’s artistic directors were also 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 both 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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