The Metaphysical Beat Cafe Where Insomniacs Meet

ANOTHER SLEEPLESS NIGHT…

Time doesn’t exist in the space between sleep and waking. That’s why insomniacs meet here… at The Night Cafe, a 1950’s beat cafe that’s all about hip cats and sleepless nights. Join us to complete puzzles and challenges, explore the Dream Corridor, meet fellow insomniacs and achieve your final goal: to fall asleep.

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How will you experience the Night Cafe?

Listen

… You’re a cool cat and you’re just here to soak in that sleepless vibe. Listen to our killer bebop band, Elise Roth and her Slumber Five. Maybe you’ll take a visit to the Dream Corridor or maybe you’ll just chill.

SOLVE

… You’re no chump, man. You’re in the night cafe for one reason: to fall asleep. You know that killer brain of yours can solve whatever ails you. Problems are just puzzles, man. Solve a few and head off to slumberland.

Interact

… You know how to work a room, man, and you’re gonna work this crowd of cats till you figure out what it is that’s keeping you awake. Maybe you’ll do some art or write some poetry. Who knows where the wind will take you?

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Tell me more about what happens at the Night Cafe?

Q: Do I have to Interact?

A: How much you choose to interact with the Night Cafe is entirely up to you. Engage with our actors and puzzles or a little or a lot- or not at all. It’s entirely okay to just spend a cool, chill night in a metaphysical beat cafe soaking up interactive experience design, one of the newest art forms coming out of Boston. Our cast and crew are trained to make sure that you feel comfortable and would never surprise you, put you on the spot or ask you to perform for people. Dragging someone unwillingly onto a stage is not cool, man. Not cool.

Q: Is there a dress code?

A: There’s no enforced dress code, but everything is more fun when you’re part of the game. If you wanna hang with the hipsters, we highly recommend your best beatnik wear: all black, berets, horizontal striped shirts, tight pants, sunglasses, or horn-rimmed glasses. For advanced ways to look beatnik, try a Stilyagi look. Also- pajamas are ALWAYS appropriate at the Night Cafe.

Q: What are my ticketing options?

A: The Night Cafe has staggered entry. We're offering three basic types of tickets:

Rider Ticket. Our basic package, which comes with access to the amazing interactive Night Cafe, but does not include the Dream Corridor. Enter the experience between 6:30p and 7:30p or 9:30p and 10:30p, and stay up to two hours. ($40)

Poet Tickets. This comes with two experiences on the Dream Corridor, plus access to our interactive cafe. You'll spend about two hours at the show and will enter between 7 and 7:30p or between 10 and 10:30p. ($55-65)

Rebel Tickets. For the cool cats who can't get enough experiences. These puppies come with a full ride--three!--experiences on the Dream Corridor, plus access to our interactive cafe. You'll spend nearly three hours at the show and will enter between 6:30 and 7p or 9:30 and 10p. ($75-85).


In addition, your Rebel or Poet ticket can be either Standard or Luxury class. With a Luxury ticket, you’ll choose among available experiences. With a Standard ticket, we’ll choose for you.

Q: What's the venue’s accessibility like?

A: The Cafe is a flat, open environment separated by a short flight of stairs (3 stairs), but there is a "long way" around, with only one step, if needed. Some of our Dream Corridor experiences might involve sitting on the ground or moving into small spaces but we’ll let you know ahead of time so you can opt out if you’d like. If you have particular concerns or might require adjustments, please do reach out to us at info@visitthenightcafe.com. We're happy to provide more details.

Q: Will there be dancing?

A: Inasmuch as you can dance to free jazz and a vibraslap, you should absolutely dance.

Q: What will I do in the cafe versus the dream corridor?

A: There are two parts of the Night Cafe: the cafe itself and the Dream Corridor. In the Cafe, you’ll hang out with the band and fellow insomniacs, do puzzles, complete challenges, drink tea (provided by sponsor Mem Tea!) and eat cookies (provided by sponsor Dave’s Fresh Pasta!) and just generally enjoy your insomnia. If you choose, you can also have two to three experiences in the Dream Corridor, a series of bespoke, 15 minute immersive experiences created by six different designers. What kind of experiences? Read more HERE.


 
 

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INSOMNIA IS A DRAG, MAN. SO JOIN US…

Date: July 19th and 20th, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm to 12:30am, with staggered entrance times. Show duration is 2-3 hours, depending on ticket.

Place: Auspicious Phoenix Productions; 64 Joy St, Somerville, MA 02143

Cost: $40-85

Suggested Dress: Beatnik chic, pajamas or Beatnik Pajama chic
 


About Us

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The Night Cafe is a collaboration between Kellian Adams Pletcher (Green Door Labs) and Lizzie Stark (Stark Participation). With a combined twenty years of experience designing games, larps, and theatrical experiences, their work has appeared in the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and beyond. Kellian is best-known for her immersive show Club Drosselmeyer, an immersive nutcracker in swing time, Lizzie for her book Leaving Mundania and for co-editing #Feminism. They both teach game design at Northeastern University and previously joined forces to build Save the Munbax in October 2018.


our Cast

Elise Roth and her Slumber Five

Ramy Abdelghani

Daud Alzayer

Jacqueline Carlson

Erik Fearing

Caryn Johnson

Caroline Murphy


Celia Pearce

Brian Pletcher

Jessicalee Skary

Lucia Starkey

Peter Vander Giessen

Matteus Van der Wilden

Alex Viscusi

Cy Wise

our CREW

Set Design: Ted Simpson and Pan Moncada
Lighting Design: Megan Reilly

Dream Designers:

Sharang Biswas and  Nick O'Leary

Sam Liberty

Jason Morningstar

Caroline Murphy

Mark Sabalauskas


A HUGE thanks to our sponsors:

Monster Loves You, Elegy for a Dead World and WHAT IS THIS LOGO??!! Check them out at  https://www.dejobaan.com/

Monster Loves You, Elegy for a Dead World and WHAT IS THIS LOGO??!! Check them out at https://www.dejobaan.com/

Live Django Jazz on Tuesdays and the best vegetarian shepherd’s pie you’ll ever eat. What more can we say?  http://www.burren.com/

Live Django Jazz on Tuesdays and the best vegetarian shepherd’s pie you’ll ever eat. What more can we say? http://www.burren.com/

An amazing game design studio of fun, talented people… and they’re hiring:  www. zapdot.com

An amazing game design studio of fun, talented people… and they’re hiring: www. zapdot.com

Ever wondered who the Oddfellows are? As it turns out, they’re cool people who play a lot of games and do good work for the community. Check them out at   www. massioof.org/lodges

Ever wondered who the Oddfellows are? As it turns out, they’re cool people who play a lot of games and do good work for the community. Check them out at

www. massioof.org/lodges

綾華能

Study Japanese chamber music for koto and voice with

Ayakano Cathleen Read (cathleenread@gmail.com)

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What’s in the Dream Corridor? What can I expect?

In the Cafe you’ll hobnob with the other sleepless while you solve what’s keeping you awake but now and then… you’ll be called to the Dream Corridor. The Corridor is a series of six small-group experiences from six different immersive designers, each lasting for up to fifteen minutes. You can choose THREE encounters, TWO encounters or none at all if you’re happy in the Cafe. What kind of experiences will you find in the Corridor?

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Welcome to Aronia, by Jason Morningstar

Are you ready for sun, sand, surf, majestic white-capped mountains and the vacation destination of your dreams?!!! Fantastic! Your flight awaits for a week of much-deserved rest relaxation. You just need to fill in some very simple customs paperwork first.

Generously sponsored by The Burren


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The Deep Time Dome by Sam Liberty

Ever lie awake worrying about your place in the universe? Ponder life, death and your place in the cosmos in our metaphysical space dome. Guests will enter our 15 foot planetarium dome while a gentle voice guides them through the stars… and other things.

Brought to you by our friends at Friendship Lodge #20 IOOF


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The Counsel by Sharang Biswas and Nick O’Leary

The Doctor is IN! Work through the pressing issues that are keeping you awake in a (semi-) licensed group counseling environment with a (semi-) trained professional. But why are you here again? And why does everyone keep talking about avocados? Don’t worry, you’re in good hands.