On Saturday, October 17 Alone kicked off the latest version of its interactive existential experience: Index of Absorption. The final chapter in a four-part series titled: Unweave the Rainbow, Absorption is a forty-five minute tour into a modern day, urban, Alice in Wonderlandesque universe. Like the story, you’re dropped into a world where fantasy and reality collide and aren’t quite sure what to do or where to go. As you explore you come across a cast of colorful characters that are meant to enhance but not necessarily help you on your journey. Sometimes they provide guidance and set you on your way; other times you become part of their personal amusement project and walk away thinking, “what the hell just happened?” It’s not a choose your own adventure experience but you are definitely encouraged to roam and go through every unopened door…just don’t expect to like what’s behind it. It’s something you learn very early and definitely tests your tolerance for dealing with the unknown. Spoiler alert: this is a very physical “adventure” so expect to get dirty, crawl, be jostled, marked on, and have your personal space invaded. It’s not meant to scare or hurt you but to emphasize that in the world of Alone you are not in control. My favorite moment happened in one of the more subdued places where I sat and observed a commercial on the Enola Foundation, the fictitious(?) organization responsible for your experience. Something about the words and voice felt very Scientology like, fascinating and at the same time creepy as hell. It’s those little moments that set this experience apart from everything else out there.
Those looking for the typical Halloween haunt may be disappointed as there aren’t the traditional types of scares that you’d expect around this time. That’s not to say it’s not scary it’s just that it happens on a psychological level rather than visceral one. If you’re looking for a more engaging, more immersive experience; one where the point is not to survive but rather experience Absorption might be it. Performances run through November 1st and some dates are already sold out. For tickets and more information head over to: