If you’d like to truly get lost in another world for an evening, you’re going to want to see While Rats Eat Pie. Starting this Thursday, the Montreal-based multi-disciplinary arts studio Porte Bleue invites guests to take part in their latest project: an immersive dinner theatre performance where you’re as much a spectator as you are a part of the scene itself. The production takes the form of a dinner party, wherein—over a three-course meal and a shot of Yugoslavian liquor—you’ll be led through the surreal memories of your unstable host.
Telling the story of one man’s experiences during the breakup of Yugoslavia, actor/co-creator Chris Bell plays a PTSD-stricken former war correspondent who covered the Yugoslav Wars. Bringing you into a world of “traumatic memories, hopeless love, and an endless supply of reality television trivia,” your host will supply you with the most bizarre dinner conversation you’ve ever encountered — all while you enjoy a three-course meal of humanitarian aid-inspired appetizers, pasta and pie. The intimate setting is sure to have you immersed, not to mention the fact that it’s a BYOW event.
Owned by While Rats Eat Pie’s co-creator Colin Lalonde, Studio Porte Bleue has become known for producing and exhibiting local art that pushes both aesthetic and social boundaries. From the looks of it, While Rats Eat Pie promises to be no exception. Running from October 9th to the 26th with only thirteen guests per performance, seats are limited, so don’t miss your chance to watch it all unfold.
Purchase tickets ($30) in advance here.