MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair has long been a town with many notable artists and performers. But are residents ready to be immersed in the performing arts? Running from February 19th to the 22nd, and again from February 26th to March 1st, the public is invited to visit numerous Montclair establishments.

Cafés throughout the township will each host a character that will engage customers who stop in at designated times, in a one-on-one rendezvous. The willing participant, for seven minutes, will interact with a performer, perfectly disguised as a random patron.  Together they will unravel a mystery, a back-story, a tale that will lead you to ultimately attend a grand event that is coming to our area in this summer.

Victor Carinha, one of the creators said, "This is a unique experience that dares the audience lean in and get a taste of the productions we are creating. We facilitate audiences to abandon their seats and immerse themselves in a fully-imagined, fascinating theatrical environment. Our productions focus on the audience member as the epicenter of a self-directed tale.”

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When asked whether he thought people would shy away from being in the thick of it, Carinha replied, "This work functions only if there is a sense of mystery. People love puzzles, mysteries, and enigma. I believe being part of the action, over passively viewing it, can change the game of the experience.”

Carinha said, "The backstory that unfolds revolves around the legacy of two brothers. Astor and Grey Watson establish an antique shop in 1915. Famous in their time, a terrible tragedy caused them to close their doors, almost permanently. Those doors are about to reopen. The plot of this project explores the relationship of those involved and the establishment that has captivated generations before."

When probed about the tragedy, Carinha said, "I guess you will have to come to one of the cafés".

The much-anticipated summer production will be called Astor & Grey's Antiques and Auctioneers. The participants will engage in a journey that starts February 19th and extends itself, culminating in the grand reopening of an antique shop, filled with the rich stories behind objects that held cultural significance. For more information contact astorandgrey@gmail.com.

 

Starbucks (Glen Ridge) 710 Bloomfield Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028 from 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Le Petit Parisien 10 Church Street, Montclair, NJ 07042 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Asana House 127 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07042 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Trend Coffee and Tea House 411 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Cafe Diem on the Montclair State University Campus 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Terra at the Isabel Rose Cafe 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 (Special Times on Weekends during normal business hours, 4-5PM Sat, 1-2PM Sun)