How to make a party for the end of the world

 The crowd gathers and fills up pints before Nautapocalypse begins.

The crowd gathers and fills up pints before Nautapocalypse begins.

Last weekend, Trap Street LA launched Nautapocalypse, our first full production in Los Angeles. Set within the mighty walls of Iron Triangle Brewing, it’s an immersive theatre show, live radio broadcast, and beer-fueled party for an apocalypse set off by earthquakes and submarines. It’s just as weird and wonderful as it sounds.

A lot of planning has gone into this thing. With six writers, twelve main characters, interactive elements, curated playlists, handcuffs, time travel, and a human-sized ear of corn, Nautapocalypse is a theatrical beast. Trap Street LA grew from the work we’ve done with Living Room Playmakers in Chicago. It was with LRP that I really learned how to collaboratively craft immersive plays, set in notable locations, that feel like parties. This show follows a similar path.

 Like LRP does in its shows, Trap Street LA hosts wear a pin to ID themselves. This time, as our show is in a brewery, we're rocking some snazzy bottlecaps.

Like LRP does in its shows, Trap Street LA hosts wear a pin to ID themselves. This time, as our show is in a brewery, we're rocking some snazzy bottlecaps.

At the same time, we’re trying some new things. We’ve introduced an inciting incident to the show that happens before you even arrive. SPOILER ALERT: the day before you arrive at the party, LA is shaken by a giant earthquake, and shortly afterwards, a German U-boat surfaces in Echo Park Lake. So as the party progresses, and more details get revealed, you have to decide: is it all a hoax, or is this a sign that the end is nigh?

We’re also adding some interactive elements during each show via Snapchat. If you follow Trap Street LA, you’ll receive secret clues and messages throughout the evening. If you do a little swiping, you’ll uncover the Nautapocalypse geofilter. If you snap at us, we might snap back…and that could lead to a secret rendezvous with a hidden character. And also a free beer. 

There are two more performances of Nautapocalypse. We’ll be continuing to shape and shift the show between now and closing night, so who knows—there might be a few more surprises in store.

Let’s get lost.

 Our Snapchat geofilter began as a hand-drawn submarine...

Our Snapchat geofilter began as a hand-drawn submarine...

 ...and then became fully realized. Here's Jack, played by Michael DeMarco Finley.

...and then became fully realized. Here's Jack, played by Michael DeMarco Finley.