The Catastrophe Club

Zizzy (Cassandra Nwokah) begins to suffer a seizure as Therese (Sue Kim) stands by in Sea Dog Theater's production of Devin Burnam's The Catastophe Club. Original photo by Jeremy Varne.
Is this the end of the world, or the beginning of the next adventure?

By Andrew Andrews

The year is 2520, and we’re attending an illegal gathering in an incredibly-intact, off-limits archeological site called Bronson’s—an underground establishment where people used to congregate to share ideas about the state of the world while consuming intoxicating substances.

Our host, a programmer named Ruth, has created a simulation of a typical evening here five centuries ago, based on records that were preserved just a few years before the great flood and freeze that wiped out much of civilization around the year 2025.

The characters in this simulation are replaying the lives of four scientists caught between impending doom on a global scale, and a more personal health crisis for one of the friends.

Although not an immersive play so much as an unusual venue, this experience begins with a secretive email announcing a map point for the gathering.

Upon arrival, you’re encouraged to check your belongings, order a specialty cocktail, take a seat and strike up a conversation with the other patrons around you.

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Andrew Andrews attended The Catastrophe Club at Bronson's in New York on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 7:00pm to write this review.

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