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3/26/2019 Member News
Imagination Stage Presents Escape From Peligro Island: You Create Your Own Adventure

Imagination Stage Presents
Escape from Peligro Island: You Create Your Own Adventure
Audiences are in control of the story in the U.S. premiere of a brand new live-action theatrical experience

April 27, 2019- May 26, 2019

BETHESDA, MD (March 25, 2019). This spring, Imagination Stage presents a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience for audiences of all ages. Escape from Peligro Island is the theatre’s first-ever audience-driven performance. The show is reminiscent of the Choose-you-Own Adventure book series, Dungeons and Dragons, role-playing video games, and escape rooms in that the story is completely in the hands of the audience members!  

Every Escape from Peligro Island audience member will use a paddle to cast their vote on the protagonist’s actions in real time. From the moment the play begins, the fate of the hero, Callaway, rests in the audience’s hands. Will he time travel to the Wild West and meet a talking horse? Develop superpowers and fight crime in the future? Or have a crush on a vampire? No one- not the audience, not the actors, not the crew- will experience the same show twice, as there are 70 different ways the story could go.

“We couldn’t be more excited to share the first show we have ever done in which the audience gets to decide the story!” says Escape from Peligro Island director and Imagination Stage Associate Artistic Director Kathryn Chase Bryer. “Escape from Peligro Island takes the best aspects of live theatre –never seeing the same show twice, audience participation in a communal experience- to new heights. Young audience members will be delighted both by the participatory nature of the show and by the larger-than-life adventure story, told with humor and lots of eye popping physical feats!”  

Escape from Peligro Island, written by Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, is best for ages 5+, and runs April 27, 2019 to May 26, 2019 in Imagination Stage’s Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre. Tickets start at $15 and may be purchased online at, at the Imagination Stage box office, or via phone at 301-280-1660. Group rates are available. 

Our press performance will be at 1:30 p.m. on April 27
Press tickets and photos are available upon request.

Contact [email protected] for more information.


Escape from Peligro Island features a cast of acclaimed local actors. Last seen at Imagination Stage in The Smartest Girl in the World, Dallas Tolentino plays Callaway, adding to credits at Synetic Theater, Constellation Theatre Company, Rorschach Theatre, Adventure Theatre MTC, and The Kennedy Center. Returning to Imagination Stage after his Helen Hayes Award-nominated role in Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure, Aaron Bliden also joins the cast. Bliden has previous credits with The Second City, as well as with Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Theater J, and others. Rounding out the cast, Tia Shearer returns to Imagination Stage after previously appearing in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Night Fairy, Anime Momotaro, Wind in the Willows, and Bunnicula. Shearer is also a founding member of Arts on the Horizon.

Imagination Stage Associate Artistic Director Kathryn Chase Bryer, recipient of the 2018 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction in a Musical for Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure and nominee for the 2019 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction in a Musical for Cinderella, directs Escape from Peligro Island. The creative team consists of Movement Directors Dallas and Tori Tolentino. Tori will also serve as an onstage Narrator and Board Operator. Scenic Designer Nate Sinnott (Helen Hayes nominated for Outstanding Set Design for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Costume Designer Kiana Vincenty, Lighting Designer Lauren Gallup, Projections Designer Sarah Tundermann, Sound Designer Matt Otto, Assistant Lighting Designer Jacob Hughes, and Stage Manager Hope Villanueva.  



April 27- May 26

  • Saturdays at 1:30 and 4:00 p.m.
  • Sundays at 1:30 and 4:00 p.m.

ASL-Interpreted performance: May 26, 2019 at 1:30 a.m.

Please call 301-280-1660 for more information and to ensure proper seat location for the ASL-Interpreted performance.


Tickets: $15+; best for ages 5+



4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

Parking: Metered parking in the adjacent public parking garage; parking is free on weekends

Metro: Red Line/Bethesda Station                          






Founded in 1979, Imagination Stage is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to inspire creativity through theatre and arts education programs that nurture, challenge, and empower young people of all abilities. It offers year-round professional theatre for young audiences and classes in creative drama/acting, musical theatre, dance, and filmmaking for ages 1-18.