The ABC Project

The ABC Project is a series of 26 site-specific pieces of interactive theater written and directed by Anne Katherine Lesser (...please, call me annie). After the premiere of ABC Project's A(Partment 8) Stage Raw declared, "In the few years since she landed in Los Angeles, experimental playwright-director Annie Lesser has firmly established herself as one of the most fearless and adventurous forces in the city's emerging immersive scene."

 

\LA Weekly named The ABC Project the city's Most Extreme Audience Immersion in their Best of LA issue in October 2016, and in December 2016 included The ABC Project in their list of LA's top theater of the year. "Courageous actors and Lesser’s fertile invention and exacting eye made each show an exhilarating and profoundly unsettling journey into the poetics of extreme intimacy."-LA Weekly

Below you can look through the shows that have happened so far.

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A(partment 8)

Take a walk in someone else's skin in this fully immersive theatrical experience. One audience member per performance. Morbid and disturbing with a twinge of black humor. A play about questioning evil in one's self. 

Starring Keight Leighn with support from writer/director Annie Lesser.

The astounding initial run of over 100 performances done one audience member at a time occurred in June of 2016. The show won the O-Face Award for Best Acting at the Hollywood Fringe and was nominated for Top of the Fringe, Best World Premiere, Best Movement or Dance Piece, and the Duende Distinction Award.

A(partment 8) presented as The Chalet, at Timberline Lodge, the hotel where the exteriors of The Shining were shot, as part of The Overlook Film Festival in April 2017.

The show as remounted at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe festival for another sold-out run. It was there that it won The Freak, the audience choice award, for Best Immersive Theatre Piece.

The show was also independently remounted in May of 2019 to another sold-out run

"Lesser not only successfully implicates audience members in their own sundry crimes of the heart but opens a space between empathy and horror for something more critically and morally contemplative."- Stage Raw

 

"Those looking for a darkly original work that sticks with you long after it's finished, A(partment 8) is worth the admission price."-LAist

 

"The Chalet is incredibly effective, well-conceived, and truly terrifying." -Buzzfeed

"'The Chalet' is creepy and disorienting, but also deep with feeling."-IndieWire

This could be one of the most intimate, visceral experiences ever created... It is a transformation. You walk in one person and walk out another."

-Gia On The Move

"If you have a chance to be a part of an encounter like this from The ABC Project, please do it. It’s an incredibly special experience, one that will stay with you and maybe even change you a little."-Birth.Movies.Death./AV Club

"Annie Lesser has a small wonder on her hands, and actress Keight Leighn pretty much defines the term fearless at this point." -No Proscenium

Apartment 8 Background 2.jpg

A(partment 8)

Take a walk in someone else's skin in this fully immersive theatrical experience. One audience member per performance. Morbid and disturbing with a twinge of black humor. A play about questioning evil in one's self. 

Starring Keight Leighn with support from writer/director Annie Lesser.

The astounding initial run of over 100 performances done one audience member at a time occurred in June of 2016. The show won the O-Face Award for Best Acting at the Hollywood Fringe and was nominated for Top of the Fringe, Best World Premiere, Best Movement or Dance Piece, and the Duende Distinction Award.

A(partment 8) presented as The Chalet, at Timberline Lodge, the hotel where the exteriors of The Shining were shot, as part of The Overlook Film Festival in April 2017.

The show as remounted at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe festival for another sold-out run. It was there that it won The Freak, the audience choice award, for Best Immersive Theatre Piece.

The show was also independently remounted in May of 2019 to another sold-out run

"Lesser not only successfully implicates audience members in their own sundry crimes of the heart but opens a space between empathy and horror for something more critically and morally contemplative."- Stage Raw

 

"Those looking for a darkly original work that sticks with you long after it's finished, A(partment 8) is worth the admission price."-LAist

 

"The Chalet is incredibly effective, well-conceived, and truly terrifying." -Buzzfeed

"'The Chalet' is creepy and disorienting, but also deep with feeling."-IndieWire

This could be one of the most intimate, visceral experiences ever created... It is a transformation. You walk in one person and walk out another."

-Gia On The Move

"If you have a chance to be a part of an encounter like this from The ABC Project, please do it. It’s an incredibly special experience, one that will stay with you and maybe even change you a little."-Birth.Movies.Death./AV Club

"Annie Lesser has a small wonder on her hands, and actress Keight Leighn pretty much defines the term fearless at this point." -No Proscenium

Apartment 8 Background 2.jpg

A(partment 8)

Take a walk in someone else's skin in this fully immersive theatrical experience. One audience member per performance. Morbid and disturbing with a twinge of black humor. A play about questioning evil in one's self. 

Starring Keight Leighn with support from writer/director Annie Lesser.

The astounding initial run of over 100 performances done one audience member at a time occurred in June of 2016. The show won the O-Face Award for Best Acting at the Hollywood Fringe and was nominated for Top of the Fringe, Best World Premiere, Best Movement or Dance Piece, and the Duende Distinction Award.

A(partment 8) presented as The Chalet, at Timberline Lodge, the hotel where the exteriors of The Shining were shot, as part of The Overlook Film Festival in April 2017.

The show as remounted at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe festival for another sold-out run. It was there that it won The Freak, the audience choice award, for Best Immersive Theatre Piece.

The show was also independently remounted in May of 2019 to another sold-out run

"Lesser not only successfully implicates audience members in their own sundry crimes of the heart but opens a space between empathy and horror for something more critically and morally contemplative."- Stage Raw

 

"Those looking for a darkly original work that sticks with you long after it's finished, A(partment 8) is worth the admission price."-LAist

 

"The Chalet is incredibly effective, well-conceived, and truly terrifying." -Buzzfeed

"'The Chalet' is creepy and disorienting, but also deep with feeling."-IndieWire

This could be one of the most intimate, visceral experiences ever created... It is a transformation. You walk in one person and walk out another."

-Gia On The Move

"If you have a chance to be a part of an encounter like this from The ABC Project, please do it. It’s an incredibly special experience, one that will stay with you and maybe even change you a little."-Birth.Movies.Death./AV Club

"Annie Lesser has a small wonder on her hands, and actress Keight Leighn pretty much defines the term fearless at this point." -No Proscenium