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Dungeons & Dragons at Bartow-Pell Mansion-Museum

Cast Party and Red Monkey Theater Group presented 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 joined 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 included 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 were available as special optional add-ons to the experience.

Guests played SECRETS OF THE BLIND PALACE, Aviezer’s acclaimed Dungeon Master’s Guild best-seller. The evening was 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 unraveled a mystery, defeated monsters and other foes, and discovered 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 included:

  • 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

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

The Artistic Director of NYC’s Red Monkey Theater Group, Tal Aviezer 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 DMsGuild.com.

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

Accessibility

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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