Atlas Obscura presents Red Thread, a theatrical exploration of the concepts of chance and chaos with performer and award-winning magician Siegfried Tieber. Using sleight of hand, magic, and illusion, Tieber’s latest creation guides participants through an unlikely journey, blurring the line between the improbable and the impossible. The whole experience may leave Tieber’s guests wondering if their decisions are theirs and of their own free will, or if they are predetermined. Co-written by Jared Kopf, Red Thread will open on Thursday, October 3, 2019, and run through Sunday, November 10, 2019. Each evening will take place at Pskaufman Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles, the subterranean art gallery and event space of award-winning shoe designer and creative visionary Paul Kaufman. For more information on these magical experiences, please visit https://www.atlasobscura.com/experiences/red-thread.
Scheduled to run for six weeks, each Red Thread show will only accommodate 34 guests. It will be a unique 90-minute adventure from the moment the intimate audience gathers until Tieber sends them home. There will be six shows to choose from each week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and Sundays at 7:00pm, plus a late show on Saturdays at 10:30pm and a matinee on Sundays at 4:00pm. As with Tieber’s wildly successful show See/Saw (2017 in LA/2018 in NYC), Jon Armstrong, an award-winning magician/sleight of hand expert, is once again on board as Red Thread’s artistic director. Tickets for this limited engagement will cost $74.00 each. Tickets will go on sale in August. Find Pskaufman Gallery at 8th Street & Werdin Place, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (down the alley). The unconventional venue will be transformed for this unique experience. Recommended ages for audience members is 16+.
In describing the concept behind the Red Thread name and experience, Tieber explains, “Every time we flip a coin, we create two possible outcomes—there is a fork in the road, if you will. Rolling a die opens 6 doors; shuffling a deck of cards creates more possibilities than the human mind can imagine. Every outcome is the starting point of further possibilities. It doesn’t take long before this starts to look like a labyrinth: some paths converge, some run parallel to each other, some are dead ends. Like the Greek mythological princess, Ariadne—who gave Theseus a thread when he entered the labyrinth—my hope is to take the audience with me and guide them through this journey.”