Garjana: A Fully Immersive Interactive Musical
“Garjana is about to be New York City’s hottest trend, and it’s powered by Broadway dancers.”
-Ruthie Fierberg, Playbill Magazine
“Several recent studies have found that millennials are now choosing dancing over drinking, clean living over cocktails, and connecting with people over isolation with their iPhones. Garjana is their new outlet.”
What Is Garjana?
It’s a planet. NASA calls it Kepler-452b in the constellation Cygnus. Locals call it Garjana. Some folks from Garjana are currently visiting Earth, and they’ve partnered with the nonprofit Food Tank to create an immersive musical theater production to re-enact the 10000% true story of what happened when a small group of Earthlings visited in 2015.
A few years back, a tiny blue capsule landed on earth and some guy found it and gave it to the CIA. Turns out the capsule was an urgent message from the people of Garjana, seeking help because their planet sinking underwater due to climate change. Turns out the Garjanese people have been suffering the effects of over-industrialization just like us but their situation were even more advanced than ours. The capsule came with instructions on how to build a spacecraft that could get us to Garjana and a cool little glowing thing that provides a HUGE amount of power. Alien stuff!
Btw if you don’t believe any of this go ahead and call up 1-800-CIA-1234 and ask ’em yourself. You might be holding for a while.
So the CIA built the ship and sent a bunch of Earthlings but we arrived too late; only a small patch of land was left. But the few remaining survivors created an incredible society called the Lihi Tribe, who have embraced a simple, optimistic way of life, treating every day as a cause to celebrate and connect through music, dance, food, fashion and an overarching sense of goofiness. The show recreates how the Lihis introduced the Earthlings to their unique lifestyle, turning the audience into central characters of the show. Everyone in the theater is given musical instruments and they all sing, dance and play alongside the performers. People even make their own clothes and feast on alien food. It’s vegan and allergen-free. You’re welcome.
Of course, all this good would be nothing without some evil. Turns out there’s a rival tribe called the Jaku who want to steal the Earthlings’ spacecraft for their own purposes. This could strand us all on Garjana forever! Oh no! In a huge finale, the audience engages in a dance battle alongside the Lihi Tribe to save themselves from the Jakus, win control of their spacecraft and return home to Earth. The dance battle is judged by a giant cat. This is a silly show.
Early Garjana workshops were an immersive dance project to support Feeding America and the World Food Program, receiving joyous receptions from audiences at sold-out events across NYC (including the Highline Ballroom and Union Square Ballroom) and attracting thousands of participants and rave reviews. Playbill Magazine said it was “about to be New York City’s hottest trend.” The New York Times highlighted the “stars from Broadway, music, film, and television [leading] Garjana.” Billboard Magazine said, “the abundant smiles, encouragement, and laughs left no room to worry.” And Broadway World said, “Several recent studies have found that millennials are now choosing dancing over drinking, clean living over cocktails, and connecting with people over isolation with their iPhones. Garjana is their new outlet.”
The immersive musical experience as well as a special Garjanese-themed dining experience will debut off-Broadway in 2020.