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A mobile immersive experience of identity, desire, and faith, Rochester, 1996 is the story of an urban pastor, his teenage daughter, and one Sunday that shaped the rest of their lives. In a three-hour odyssey across Los Angeles, audience members are drawn into the lives of the Shoemaker family in an experience described as "downright perfect" by No Proscenium.

Rochester, 1996 debuted at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival, winning the Speakeasy Society's Golden Key Award for immersive theatre.

Rochester, 1996 is a co-production of Capital W and DryCræft Los Angeles. 



WINNER - Golden Key Award, Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018

No Proscenium - Recreating A Moment In Time

Hyperallergic - The Viscerally Uncomfortable Feeling of Being Transported to My Christian Upbringing

No Proscenium - Rochester, 1996 Pushes Boundaries You Don't Expect

Media Geeks - Rochester, 1996: Beauty In A Shattered Illusion

the production team

Lauren Ludwig – Director, Writer

Monica Miklas – Producer, Dramaturg

Thaddeus Shafer – Story Development, Producer

Christina Bryan - Stage Management

Jonny Taylor - Production Design

Brandon Baruch - Lighting Design

Dave McKeever - Sound Design

Rachel Weir - Costume Design


Philippa - Julia Nejman

Daniel - Thaddeus Shafer

Emily - Grace Lee

Nadia - Dasha Kittredge

Meta - Lorinda Hawkins Smith

Joseph - Soren Royer-McHugh

Adrienne - Lauren Flans

Chakaia - Cammie Middleton


all of our Indiegogo donors

Ajay Davuluri, Chelsea Lutz, Laurel Vail, flyingkayak77, Laura Vogel, Gianna Masi, ohbridget, Ashley Steed, Amin El Gamal, Lisanne Sartor, Arielle Sara Levine, Melinda Lauw, Casey Baker, Pam Wishbow, Ryan Harrison, Lisanne Sartor, Joanna Whitney, Dylan Ris,, Melissa Johnson, Mason Flink, Meredith Berg-Erwin, Elizabeth Prestel, John Pick, Megan Breen, Erika Schmidt, Katelyn Schiller, Ally Fion, Lauren Bello, Will Holt, Katy Kammeyer, Noah Nelson, Avi Strausberg, Randi Ludwig, Bruce Lemon Jr., Cristen Brinkerhoff, bpyates, Aaron Kogan, ncimiluca, Ron Najor, Alex Burger, Doris Roberts, Sarah Smith, crwollman, Dana Greenblatt, cjksleb, Matthew Bamberg-Johnson, Jay Bushman, Cara Mandel, Eric Hoff, Ed Ludwig, Randi Ludwig, Russell E., Robin Roemer, Bennett Webber, Joan Ludwig, Doron Kipper, Adrienne Relyea, Brigid Miklas, Robert Miklas, Eva Anderson, Landon Zakheim, Frank Smith, Craig Relyea, Ross G