GUMSHOE Experience

A New Paradise Laboratories Production

Immersive Theater Experience

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April 8 – May 7, 2017
Parkway Central Library

Something preposterous is happening at the Free Library of Philadelphia. You must help us unravel it.

An exhibition has opened containing the original manuscript of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” the very first detective story. Your guides, members of the Library staff, are behaving… well… strangely.

New Paradise Laboratories invites you into an immersive adventure in detection. GUMSHOE is also an expedition into the treasures of the great Parkway Central Library. It will blend disguise, subterfuge, infiltration, half-truths, and bald-faced lies, to get to the bottom of a crime that hasn’t yet happened. We’ll lead you through secret doors and down escape hatches, both real and imagined, into the underbelly of the building. The truth of life is its mystery.

GUMSHOE runs 90 minutes. Reservations required.

Already participated in GUMSHOE? Please let us know what you thought and you’ll be entered to win a MYSTERIOUS PRIZE!

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-567-4341

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Mobile Experience

April 8 – September 1, 2017
Parkway Central Library, the Rosenbach, and in between

You can also experience the GUMSHOE immersive adventure outside live performance times using your mobile phone.

  • Got 45–60 minutes? Start in the lobby of Parkway Central Library with your mobile phone and text the keyword FULLSHOE to the number 215-GUMTHAT (215-486-8428). Follow the secret prompts.
  • Got 20–30 minutes? Start in the lobby of Parkway Central Library with your mobile phone and text the keyword SHORTSHOE to the number 215-GUMTHAT (215-486-8428). Follow the secret prompts.

Already participated in GUMSHOE? Please let us know what you thought and you’ll be entered to win a MYSTERIOUS PRIZE!

Messaging and data rates may apply.

Parkway Central Library, the Rosenbach, and in between
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-567-4341

Get Directions


About New Paradise Laboratories

New Paradise Laboratories (NPL) is an ensemble-based performance company that explores innovative means of expression to bend and reshape the art of theater. Founded by OBIE award-winner Whit MacLaughlin, it sees theater as a perceptual lens into another world—an alternate reality—fraught with beauty and unpredictability.

New Paradise Laboratories works both inside and outside of conventional theater spaces. Sometimes it installs performance into unlikely places: on the internet, in smartphones, or in a library. NPL practices a collaborative model of creation that incorporates designers and performers as devisers.

GUMSHOE Credits

Conceived and Developed by: New Paradise Laboratories
Creators: Whit MacLaughlin and New Paradise Laboratories, Tassos Stevens (Coney), Lauren Feldman, Jorge Cousineau
Director: Whit MacLaughlin
Experience Designer: Tassos Stevens (Coney)
Writer: Lauren Feldman
Production/Media/Sound Designer: Jorge Cousineau
Production Manager: Nick Jonczak
Costume Designer: Katherine Fritz
Prop Design: Alicia Crosby
NPL Ensemble Core Creators: Kevin Meehan
Performers: Nia Benjamin, Jeffrey Cousar, Camilla Dely, Jessica Johnson, Jenson Titus Lavallee, Kevin Meehan*† and Jo Vito Ramírez
Stage Managers: Maya Neville and Nicole Labadie-Bartz

* Actor appears through the courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
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We the Detectives is made possible through a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation.