A play without a script or an audience where you're cast as one of the characters
Once upon a time...
The Dance and the Dawn tells the tale of six beautiful Ladies who came to the court of the Queen of Ice for a midnight ball, and there danced with seven noble Lords, all in pursuit of the True Love that could heal their hearts.
The conclusion of that tale is up to you.
About the Medium
A theatrical experience—also known as “interactive literature” or as “theater-style live-action gaming”—is essentially a play without a script or an audience. It is a chance to live out a story, guided by the game rules but ultimately directed only by one's own thoughts and actions.
About the Game
The players take on the roles of nobles in a gothic fairy-tale realm, convened for a great ritual dance, who have one night to find love and redemption. Six players become the Ladies of Ash, who have come to the midnight ball in hopes of healing their heartbreak; the other seven become the cold, proud Lords of Ice who are there waiting for them, and who struggle with tragedies of their own. The game is an event that lasts about four hours, which will be taken up with dancing and dueling and courtly intrigue...and, of course, with the eternal hope of romance and joy.
How This Works
When you sign up to participate in The Dance and the Dawn, you'll be sent a “casting questionnaire,” which will be used to determine what role would be the most compelling and interesting for you. You'll then be sent a set of materials unique to your particular character, along with an explanation of the rules of the game. If you show up having read those materials, you'll be set...although, for the sake of making a memorable and atmospheric evening, you may want to assemble some kind of character-appropriate formalwear costume beforehand.
Players in The Dance and the Dawn spend a lot of their time waltzing. If you don't know how to dance, don't worry; it's not hard and not scary, and there will be a brief lesson beforehand to help you get into the swing of things.