Capital W is an immersive theater group headed by longtime collaborators Lauren Ludwig and Monica Miklas. Formed in 2015 with their debut production Hamlet-Mobile, Capital W has garnered a positive reputation for themselves over the past two years as purveyors of experimental, immersive, location-based theater, staging well-regarded productions for extremely intimate audiences.
- Capital W
- Los Angeles Area
- Innovative, site-specific staging
- Extremely intimate audience size (often ranging between one and four)
- Emotional connections and heavy drama
- Heavy immersion with varying degrees of interactivity/personalization
Capital W’s latest production is the sold-out Red Flags, part of the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
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Having previously collaborated in the world of sketch comedy with their troupe Lost Moon Radio, director Lauren Ludwig and producer Monica Miklas formed Capital W in 2015 to pursue immersive, experimental, and site-specific theater in Los Angeles. Their three productions thus far have shown great variety in terms of content, but consistently incorporate experimental staging elements, including shows staged in public spaces, vans, and the insides of actual homes.
Hamlet-Mobile – Premiering as part of the 2015 Fringe Festival, Hamlet-Mobile was a mobile theatrical experience, performing a cycle of 8 short pieces adapted from Shakespeare’s Hamlet (and using Hamlet’s original language). On performance nights, the Hamlet-Mobile cargo van would park in a single location and perform one of these 8 pieces in a loop for a 3-hour time block. Audiences ranged in size from one to four. Hamlet-Mobile proved an especially strong debut for Capital W, being one of the most revered shows in the Fringe Festival for 2015, winning the “Game Design” award at Indiecade, and even being collected in the Applause anthology Best Plays from American Theater Festivals.
And the Drum – An immersive dinner party performed inside the Koreatown home of LA-based entertainer Martha Marion. Integrating narrative drama, original music, dance, and poetry, And the Drum invited audiences to share an intimate evening with its performers, making decisions and interacting in ways that shaped the events of the evening as they went (much like at any “real” dinner party). The show ran from February 26 to March 19 of 2016.
Red Flags – Part of Hollywood Fringe’s 2017 season, Red Flags invites its singular audience member on a date with Emma, a woman whose online dating profile states that she can’t live without “Jane Austen novels, my rescue dog, or love.” As the date inevitably begins to turn sour, the audience member is forced into situations which force them to reconsider their feelings on intimacy, dating, and judgment.