'The Goonies' Is Being Adapted Into an Interactive Theater Experience

'The Goonies' Is Being Adapted Into an Interactive Theater Experience

Sep 09, 2015

Fans of The Goonies are being heavily dissuaded from visiting the movie's filming locations, but soon enough they'll have a new way of interacting with the material. In a recent interview with Uproxx, director Richard Donner revealed that a special new off-Broadway show is in the works adapted from the 1985 release.

This won't be the first professional stage version. A friend of mine played Data in a Fringe Festival musical titled Save the Goondocks! back in 2004. But this one sounds more official, if Donner is involved with it (he says "we're doing," so I guess he is). Still at least a year away from opening, this "wonderful" production is going to be different in another way, too.

"Do you know what immersion theatre is?" Donner asked his interviewers, setting up the idea. "There’s no seats. The venue is you go into a warehouse and there’s something happening in that warehouse and that’s the play you’ve come to see, only you become part of it and you travel through with actors. It’s very popular now."

Immersion theatre isn't a new concept, as it can qualify numerous ways live theater has broken the fourth wall to interact with audience members, and this increasing trend can also be linked to haunted houses and gimmicky attractions like murder mystery dinner cruises. But they've been done by such esteemed artists as David Byrne, and long-running shows based on Macbeth and Lewis Carroll's life and classic story Alice in Wonderland seem quite popular. See a preview for the latter here:

Experiences like these, which tend to need a limitation on audience size per performance, also sound similar to the escape room concept we wrote about for a recent example tied to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. For that you had to unlock clues and solve puzzles while pretending to be a spy.

For The Goonies show, you'll likely do some similar things with a treasure map and a skull-shaped decoder and maybe even a bone-based organ. You'd be a Goonie, remaking their adventure for your own heightened enjoyment. If there are no water slides into a pool leading to a third-act pirate ship, though, then that will be a shame. 




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