Hollywood Gothique
Interactive Plays & Immersive Experiences

Immersive Halloween play invites you to “Give Up The Ghost”

Give Up the Ghost is an upcoming immersive theatrical production that turns the tables on traditional haunted house stories by casting the audience as the ghosts of their former selves, summoned from the great beyond to keep an eye on the living. The interactive narrative allows audience members to touch objects and actors, influencing which direction the story goes. Though the material may be violent and/or tragic, Give Up the Ghost is not an extreme haunt; the emphasis is on the story, not gore or jump-scares.

Kirsten Hageleit & Aaron Vanek expanded Give Up the Ghost from their 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival Production, One Last Thing Before You Go). The new production will be staged inside the First Christian Church of Whittier, under the supervision of television producer Jenni Powell (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries). The address is 6355 Greenleaf Avenue in Whittier, 90601.

Performances will take place on Friday nights, starting with a preview September 27, the continuing on October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 8, and 15. Each performance runs 90 minutes, with shows starting at 8pm and 10pm.

Tickets are $50 for the preview and $100 $80 for other nights. A portion of the box office will be donated to the First Christian Church of Whittier and The Game Academy (thegameacademy.org), a 501c3 educational organization that utilizes role-playing games for learning.

Get more information at: aaronvanek.com/ghost



Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.