This fall, guests will sip on libations before being immersed into JFI Productions’ trademark scary world of sensory story-telling in a brand-new experiential theater venue right off theatre row.
Known for reimagining and redefining the theatre-going experience, Just Fix It Productions (JFI) proves this year will be no exception— all the while taking into consideration the ever-changing post-quarantine climate. 2021’s iteration of CREEP L.A. is filled with intimate moments, deep connections and soul-shaking chills & thrills, all within the bounds of safety, compliance, consent, and, of course, facial coverings. But what’s Halloween without a good mask, anyway? Guests will find themselves in a multitude of surprising worlds including a spooky and sultry bar, a desolate town-square populated with odd characters, and a world-warping haunted house with a mind of its own.
CREEP L.A. intertwines nuanced and in-depth story-telling with hands-on audience interaction, fostering emotional connections and unforgettable moments. Equal parts beautiful, and terrifying, the CREEP L.A. experience has been described by guests as feeling like they’re truly inside a horror movie. Since 2015, CREEP L.A. has reached sold-out audiences of over 30,000, receiving rave reviews for its groundbreaking approach to the genre. Utilizing 3,000-60,000 sq/ft spaces, upwards of 30 cast members, and a creative team from diverse backgrounds, CREEP L.A. has solidified itself as L.A.’s go-to Halloween event. With only 6 showtimes a night, this year CREEP L.A. welcomes intimate groups of 6 brave souls into its dark and twisted world on select dates September 29th – October 31st.
“We are thrilled to bring theatre back to LA in an innovative and tangible way. It feels fitting for CREEP L.A. to not only be located in the heart of the city, but, also, so close to the theatre community. We have missed connecting with our audiences in-person and cannot wait to creep them out in the safest way possible,” said Justin Fix, director of CREEP L.A. and founder of JFI Productions.
This season of CREEP L.A. will take place at The Ghost Light, a brand-new experiential theatre venue nestled within the walls of the iconic Three Clubs in Hollywood (1123 Vine St., Los Angeles 90038). With a full bar, themed cocktail list, and host of haunting performers, The Three Clubs becomes part of CREEP L.A. from 7-10PM, before opening up to the public after the performance. For nearly 30 years, The Three Clubs has been an anchor for artists and theatre-makers, and JFI Productions couldn’t be more proud to bring their brand of boundary- pushing theatre to Santa Monica Blvd’s theatre row. Aiming to reimagine nightlife in Los Angeles, JFI Productions will serve as artistic directors and creative producers for The Ghost Light, seeking to make this new venue a home for surreal experiences in L.A.
For all performances The Ghost Light asks audiences to join in providing the safest space possible for patrons and cast & crew. COVID-19 policy requires ticket holders to wear masks and to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Past CREEP L.A. experiences have received rave reviews and praised JFI Productions’ Justin Fix and his team: Producing Partner J.T. Swierczek, Writer & Co-Artistic Director Daniel Montgomery, Co-Artistic Director & Managing Director Stephanie Turek, and Head of Production & Creative Producer Kristin Childers.
Tickets for CREEP L.A. 2021 are currently Sold Out. For more information on CREEP L.A., please visit: www.CreepLA.com Engage with and follow CREEP L.A. on social media at: #CreepLA @JFIProductions
For news on future productions (and to peek at past productions), visit www.JFIproductions.com
JFI Productions & Amazon Present I Know What You Did Last Summer
In addition to CREEP L.A. this fall, JFI Productions will be bringing to life the Amazon original series I Know What You Did Last Summer as a mysterious, subversive, debaucherous interactive experience. Inspired by Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel (also the basis of the iconic 1997 film), the new series follows a group of teenagers bound together by a dark secret and stalked by a brutal killer. As they try to piece together who’s after them, they reveal the dark side of their seemingly perfect town – and themselves. Guests of the experience are welcomed into a small town celebrating its graduating class, starting with a euphoric party and culminating in a dark and twisted journey through an unforgettable night.
Taking place at The Ghost Light theater at Three Clubs in Hollywood (1123 Vine St, Los Angeles 90038), this free event runs Wednesday October 13th – Sunday October 17th. Tickets were available at https://www.theghostlightla.com/ but have sold out. New series October 15th. #IKnowWhatYouDid
Related: Looking for other spooky events in Los Angeles for the 2021 Halloween season? Check our 2021 Southern California Halloween event guide for more!
CREEP L.A.: Lore (2020)
The television show Lore is based upon Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast of the same name. The podcast focusses on real-life tales of terror, usually tied to the notion of folklore. The six-episode Amazon series follows this same general approach, with each episode serving as its standalone tale of terror—touching upon everything from demons and creepy dolls to bizarre medical experiments.
Upon entering Creep LA: Lore, handlers guided groups of up to eight brave souls inside an imagined universe where the groups travel through a wholly engaging, multi-sensory, one-hour walk-through experience within a dynamic and diverse environment of moody rooms, intimate encounters, and terrifying scenarios. At Creep LA: Lore, everyone is part of the experience—whether they intend to be or not.
Our Man in the Haunt Reports on Creep L.A. Lore
Our own Philip Hernandez went through the Lore experience as part of his 2017 national tour and filed the following, first-hand report:
“Guests go through in groups of up to eight, and there are moments when you’re separated from the group. In multiple scenes, it was just the actor and me. There were several monologues delivered only to me. In acting class, this happens all the time, but it is rare to be so intimate in a commercial setting. Here, you’re interacting directly with the actors, and it’s an intense experience. We often pay for an experience of this nature, but don’t usually get it.
“The actors use and direct audience members within the scene. For example, I was sealed in a casket, where I could only listen to the scene, and, after the other guests had moved off… In another scene, I got to watch my group going through a scene from a window and banged on it to scare them. In yet another scene, I was going through a forest and had a personal experience with the Bunny Man, who reveals himself and tells his story. Then I had to move on and rejoin the group. For this reason, each guest is only in parts of the experience.”
“When you first walk in, you’re given a bandana to put around your mouth, so you won’t speak during the experience. The concept here, as explained by the creators of Lore, is that not everybody likes to play the hero character. A lot of times, people go through these immersive experiences and feel pressure to act in a certain way or know what to do—like the improve situation for actors. Sometimes this takes away from the experience because guests get stuck on what to say or do when they really should be paying attention to the story and enjoying themselves. The bandana is an attempt to create an interactive experience for the introvert. Introverts don’t have to worry about something pithy to say during the scenes we’re going through. With the bandana on, you can exchange looks with the people you’re going through with and build camaraderie that way. As an introvert by nature, I appreciated this.”
“In many scenes, you’re in close quarters with your scene partners. At one point I had to share a cot with one of the women in my group. I felt we were both a little uncomfortable. But like in theater, it forces you to interact with the people around you and builds a camaraderie.
“The final scene takes place in a speakeasy where the actors play with you. One of the women actors asked if I’d ever tried, ‘Essence of Story.’ She said that with just one drop, everything would be clear, and I’d be able to tell endings from beginnings. I thought that was very cool, that moment. Also, because not everyone had been part of each scene as we went through, the speakeasy venue allows guests to interact with each other and ask about scenes they weren’t a part of or how you felt about being in a particular scene.”
In closing, Philip observed, “A creepy experience like this is uniquely L.A. It’s heavy acting and theatrical base works especially well in this creative town.”