Lucid Dream Minigolf: In Search Of Lost Time
Friday, Sept. 1, 5-7pm
Sept. 1 through Sept. 17
Saturdays & Sundays, 12pm to 5pm
Athens Cultural Center
24 Second Street
Athens, NY 12015
Lucid Dream Minigolf: In Search of Lost Time is a traveling, existential, heartfelt, pop-up minigolf course and interactive theater piece. Adult focused but kid friendly.
Our project aims to spark a sense of delight and playfulness creating a storytelling experience that uses the medium of minigolf as performance theater and interactive narrative with deeper themes of shared experience, of overcoming a sense of being behind in one’s life, of being lost, and resiliency. The main character, The Swamp Monster (a bioluminescent pet alligator flushed down the toilet by a neglectful owner in Manhattan who then swam their way up the Hudson in search of refuge), has had a hard past couple of years. They aren’t where they thought they would be at this point in their life. In a misguided, but understandable, attempt to fill that hole in themselves, they have stolen another character that represents time itself, Tyme the Gnome of Infinity. You as a player must go on a quest to search for and free Tyme by playing holes that represent your own autobiographical past (The Pyramid of What Was), present (The Abyss of What Is), and future (The Winds of What May Be). The game isn’t what you think it is and neither is your life. It’s more beautiful and connected than we often realize.
Take something familiar, fun, and accessible to all (minigolf), flip it upside down and imbue it with interactive art pieces, guided imagery, and narratives that playfully engage with deeper ideas and science designed to cultivate imagination. It’s the power of transcendental humanism through the gonzo absurdity of performance theater putt-putt. If Station Eleven, Sleep No More, the science of imagination, and an abandoned minigolf course all had a baby together, that baby would be this project.