Last night, I went to a house. I’m not allowed to tell you where the house is, except to say that it’s in St. Paul. The house will soon be the site of one of the year’s most unusual album-release shows, a performance by Peter Wolf Crier that will also be a theatrical production directed by Jeremey Catterton of the company Lamb Lays With Lion. The title of the production: This Is Not For You.
Arriving for a “house warming press conference,” members of the media were greeted with cups of wine and chairs arranged in the house’s living room—which Catterton says for the purposes of the performance will be known as “the Wolf Room.” (The other rooms will also be named, but as of last night the only other decisions Catterton had made in that respect were that the kitchen would be known as “the Kitchen” and the bathroom would be called “the Bathroom.”) Flanked by Peter Pisano and Brian Moen, the two members of Peter Wolf Crier, Catterton explained the concept of the show, which will play from October 14-23; tickets are on sale now at peterwolfcrier.com.
It will be an “experience.” Presumably the musicians will play selections from the new album, Inter-Be, and there will also be performances by Catterton and an unspecified number of others. The experience will involve the entire house, though not every audience member will visit every room of the house. Every audience member will have a complete experience, though some experiences will be more exclusive than others. As explained in the press release:
General admission ($10) will admit the audience to the performance and provide a seat in the house to experience the events.
Hand-held admission ($20) will admit the audience on a guided tour through the house for a more intimate experience with performers and musicians, that General Admission will not be able to witness.
Private admission ($30) will admit a select few audience members to the guided tour, as well as to exclusive experiences with performers, and the house, that no one else will ever know about or experience.
The exact location of the house will be disclosed to each attendee only upon the purchase of admission. Catterton then walked us through the house, which was almost entirely empty. (One closed door was braced shut with a garden rake. There may or may not have been anything inside, but were were not permitted to know anything about it.) The house is small, and the performance will certainly be intimate even for the GA masses.
The show is entirely characteristic for Catterton, whose troupe has previously collaborated with musicians including Jenny Dalton and Fort Wilson Riot, but it’s also sure to be unique. Exactly how much uniqueness you want to buy is up to you.
Jay Gabler (email@example.com) is the Daily Planet’s arts editor.
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