A few weeks ago, I received a most mysterious package from the Sweet Tooth Hotel. It contained a rock candy lollipop, a pink leather STH keychain, and a handwritten note inviting me to stop by–no signature. This was my initiation into Disturbance, an immersive theatrical experience at the pop-up that premiered last night.
Disturbance isn’t a conventional play. It’s more like a murder mystery party crossed with a cult masquerading as an influencer network. Except it’s also New Year’s Eve of Y2K and you’re not sure how any of the beautiful, metallic residents of Sweet Tooth Hotel even know about Instagram. It doesn’t really matter. As you’ll quickly learn, nothing here is quite as it seems.
The new project is a collaboration between Anastasia Muñoz, Artistic and Executive Director of Arts Mission Oak Cliff, Sweet Tooth Hotel co-founder Jencey Keeton, Jeffery Colangelo, and Taylor Cleveland.
There are actors, but no stage; a plot, but no fixed script. Here, the audience becomes part of the play, picking up clues, making decisions, and steering the narrative like a choose-your-own-adventure book. Your viewing of Disturbance could be very different from mine; you have the freedom to make it that way.
“We want to give you an experience that only you are getting, even if only for a moment,” says Muñoz.
The party-turned-play is at Sweet Tooth Hotel on Friday and Saturday of this weekend and next. You can purchase tickets here for $35. I don’t want to spoil any surprises, so I’ll just give you a few tips to prepare you for your journey.
- Dress in your Y2K best and get ready to party like it’s 1999!
- Be social and chat it up. This is a party, after all.
- Switch the stations on your headset. You’ll want to hear this.
- Take selfies with the residents and post on social media. They’ll remind you to tag them.
- Keep an eye out for clues… you never know what you’ll discover.
- Take the medicine they give you. They only want the best for you.
- Be late! The year 2000 only starts once.
- Accept a makeover in the Disco Diamond room if you plan on going anywhere after the performance.
- Worry about it! Everything is going according to plan.