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Dungeons & Dragons at Bartow-Pell Mansion-Museum

Cast Party and Red Monkey Theater Group present Dungeons & Dragons at Bartow-Pell: Secrets of the Blind Palace on September 25 & 26.

“Every detail and collective talent was equally amazing. Every member of your team contributed to creating atmosphere and ambience.” – Janette B.

Guests will join Dungeon Master Tal Aviezer for an original site-specific adventure, outdoors and socially distanced on the gorgeous grounds of a historic mansion. This lantern-lit adventure will include live actor NPCs, custom-crafted props, live music by Janette Beham, take-home gifts, and much more. Delicious refreshments from Antoinette’s Patisserie and custom-crafted miniatures from ANVL will be available as special optional add-ons to the experience.

We’ll be playing SECRETS OF THE BLIND PALACE, Aviezer’s acclaimed Dungeon Master’s Guild best-seller. The evening will be filled with mystery, discovery, choices that matter, engaging role-playing, and exciting combat. SECRETS OF THE BLIND PALACE was inspired in part by the poem The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allen Poe, and by the novels Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Shining by Stephen King, and by the Evil Dead movies.

Through a mixture of live role-playing and dice-driven tabletop gameplay guided by the Dungeon Master, guest will unravel a mystery, defeat monsters and other foes, and discover magical treasure.

“I’m so happy I had the chance to play! I had a great time.” – Leon B.

Dungeons & Dragons at Bartow-Pell: Secrets of the Blind Palace includes:

  • Interactive Dungeons & Dragons adventure with DM Tal Aviezer outdoors on the beautiful grounds of Bartow-Pell Mansion-Museum
  • Live actors portraying important Non-Player Characters
  • Custom-made props, terrain, miniatures, and playing aids
  • Take-home gifts to commemorate your adventure
  • Live music performed by Janette Beham

For players age 21 & up.

Game Sessions:

Friday, September 25 6pm-10pm (Up to 6 players, ages 21+)

Saturday, September 26 4pm-8pm (Up to 6 players, ages 21+)

Rain Date: Sunday, September 27 5:30pm=9:30pm

Individual tickets are $80 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS >>

Add a custom miniature for $25

Enhance your experience by adding a custom-crafted miniature of your character for DUNGEONS & DRAGONS AT BARTOW-PELL: SECRETS OF THE BLIND PALACE! Available until September 11th as a $25 add-on to your event ticket! Your Anvl Miniatures character will be created to your specifications & will be waiting for you at the mansion to explore the Blind Palace, and you’ll take it home with you! Add custom miniature >>

Add refreshments from Antoinette’s Patisserie – COMING SOON

Social distancing will be required for all guests who are not from the same household. This game will use miniatures and custom-crafted terrain, but players will not touch miniatures, terrain, or props. Players will each be issued a sanitized laser pointer to indicate where they’d like their minis to be moved. At the conclusion of the evening, guests who purchased a custom-crafted mini of their adventurer will be given their miniature to take home with them. Players will have access to the mansion’s restroom during the game, but the game will otherwise take place entirely outside on the courtyard directly behind the mansion, weather permitting. In case of weather-related cancellation, the rain date will be Sunday evening, September 27, 5:30pm-9:30pm.

Red Monkey Theater is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization and a portion of your ticket price may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.

About the Dungeon Master

Your Dungeon Master for Dungeons & Dragons at Bartow-Pell will be Tal Aviezer. The Artistic Director of NYC’s Red Monkey Theater Group, Tal is best know to Bartow-Pell audiences as the lead actor and author of a series of ongoing site-specific Sherlock Holmes plays performed at both Bartow-Pell and at Lyndhurst mansion in Tarrytown, NY. Tal has directed and produced numerous shows over the past 21 years, many of them works of Shakespeare. Recent favorite roles include Hamlet, Macbeth, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Trigorin in The Seagull, Gary Peter Lefkowitz in I Hate Hamlet, Cassius in Julius Caesar, and Mr. Croup in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.

Tal has worked as a voice actor and voice director for video games and for numerous local and national radio stations. Training: National Theater Institute, Royal Shakespeare Company. An experienced DM, Tal considers D&D to be a powerful interactive storytelling tool and an engine of creativity, empathy, friendship, and fun. His style includes an equal emphasis on role-playing, exploration and discovery, and combat. His original best-selling D&D adventures are available at

Production Team

Dungeon Master/Writer – Tal Aviezer

Artists/Crafters – Andy Cannistra, Carolyn Fox, Matt Gordon

Sound Designer – Rachel Tamarin

Catering by Antoinette’s Patisserie

Live Performers – Amy Frey, Matt Gordon


Bartow-Pell Mansion museum is a landmarked historic building and unfortunately all entrances require the use of steps. Five steps lead up to the building entrance. For this reason, although the event takes place entirely outdoors and there are no steps to access the playing area, this event is unsuitable for guests in wheelchairs due to lack of restroom access. 

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