Social Alchemix (Live!)
Meeting New People Through the Alchemy Of A Social Game
Social Alchemix (Live!)
LIVE SHOWS MONDAY NIGHTS:
April 18th, May 23rd, June 20th at Threes Brewing / Studio (Greenpoint)
May 16th, June 13th at Caveat (LES)
More dates to be announced
Estimated Run Time: 90 minutes
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SOCIAL ALCHEMIX (LIVE!) is an intoxicating hybrid of intimate game night, storytelling, and aligned serendipity, conceived, designed, and hosted by cocktail guru and performer Wil Petre. In an informal setting, over drinks, and with cell phones turned off, the guests use a beautiful deck of alchemical cards to generate prompts for a meaningful exchange of thoughts. In the first part of the evening, Petre and his team introduce the game in a round played by volunteers from the audience. After a short intermission, everyone is invited to play in small groups, meeting new people in unscripted interactions that go beyond small talk. As the night progresses and conversations flow, the cards may be no longer needed – but those who enjoy them may purchase a deck of their own.
The upcoming shows will take place on Monday nights at two intimate venues: Threes Franklin (113 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY) and Caveat (21 A Clinton Street, Manhattan). Times vary; visit the website for details. Tickets are $18 online/$22 at the door and can be purchased at www.socialalchemix.com/live.
SOCIAL ALCHEMIX (LIVE!) – first introduced as a centerpiece of an interactive show A Cocktail Party Social Experiment in 2019 – is a brainchild of the theater artist and storyteller Wil Petre who, together with his partner, graphic designer Chiaki Murata, created a deck of unique, alchemy-inspired cards and book of instructions. The participants draw from an alchemical deck of tarot-like cards which in turn generate conversation prompts – questions such as: “What rules are meant to be broken?” or “How would you like to be remembered?” Initially structured as a performative experience where a selected few got to play, the show evolved into a spontaneous social mixer which brings strangers to the table and allows them to talk, listen, and connect in a way rarely available in today’s disconnected world. Petre, whose first-hand knowledge of how meaningful and healing a conversation comes from years of experience as an NYC bartender, explains: “After months of lockdown, we’re incredibly rusty when meeting new people. If ever there was a need for an evening of permission, not only to share our stories, but to deeply listen, listen longer than we are used to, that time is now.”
In 2022, Petre and Murata’s long standing dream of making SOCIAL ALCHEMIX available for participants to own finally came true. This unique set of cards and book of questions are $28 and can be purchased at the show or online at www.socialalchemix.com
Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 and ID (21+) will be required at the door at all events. All staff are fully vaccinated. Masks are required when not eating or drinking.
ABOUT THE GAME
SOCIAL ALCHEMIX is a party game designed to facilitate deep interpersonal connection. The alchemy of an amazing party begins and ends with incredible conversation, and SOCIAL ALCHEMIX provides the tools to skip the small talk and get into the good stuff. The set consists of two beautiful decks of alchemical cards, a book of questions and a mini-hourglass for clocking the response time. Perfect for cocktail lovers, burgeoning alchemists, conversationalists, and people whose love language is quality time.
Video reel: https://youtu.be/7U4hOwkfKQw
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Wil Petre (Concept, Host) is a performer, director, and experience designer specializing in intimate performance in public spaces. He has been praised by The New York Times as “a supremely charming actor who finds every laugh in the script and many that aren’t.” Notable recent appearances include Third Rail Projects’ 2016 show The Grand Paradise, of which he was an original cast member; Wil was also an original creative cast member of Queen of the Night, the 2015 Drama Desk recipient for Unique Theatrical Experience. Petre has also worked with The Civilians, Witness Relocation, Minute Zero, Collective Museum, Theater Mitu, and Les Freres Corbusier/Alex Timbers, among others, and appeared on stage at such important NYC venues as Playwright’s Horizons, Cherry Lane Theater, La MaMa ETC, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and Ars Nova. Outside the city, he performed nationwide and internationally, including appearances at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and in Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also works in film and TV.
As a storyteller, Wil has told stories with The Moth, winning the first slam he participated in and appearing in many subsequent Moth StorySlams and GrandSlams. He also told stories at other open mic venues such as KGB Bar and Bar 2A. Wil was performed in the 2014 Future of Storytelling Summit in Snug Harbor, Staten Island (with The Windmill Factory), and the 2016 Future of Storytelling Festival at the Africa Center (with Woodshed Collective.)
Petre received his BFA with honors in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he taught for almost a decade. He is currently based out of Brooklyn, NY where he operates a cocktail experience company with its signature Bar for One. www.wilpetre.com