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‘Theater can be anything,’ AspenDream founder says backdrops and lights not needed for a stage

CT INSIDER / Ashley Winchester
January 7, 2021

Janice Luise is not afraid of breaking down walls. The Torrington native founded AspenDream Productions 25 years ago on the idea that good theater could exist anywhere. Her concept, a site-specific, immersive theater experience that broke away from the black-box setting and hired local actors, was a first of its kind in Connecticut.

“Everyone told me that I couldn’t do it, because the only good actors were actors from New York City,” the artistic director said. “I don’t always go with the flow. People who have tried things and been successful don’t always go with the flow.”...


Review: "The Holidays Can Kill You!" by AspenDream Productions

Patch / Nancy Sasso Janis

December 6, 2022

AspenDream Productions, LLC presented “The Holidays Can Kill You!” (‘Tis the Season for Murder)” at a recent fundraiser for St. John Paul the Great Academy held at the lovely Torrington Country Club. AspenDream is celebrating its 26th smash year.

The holiday-themed murder mystery is “based on a true room” and is performed by AspenDream Productions, an “interactive dinner theater that keeps you laughing from the moment you walk in the door.” I can attest that by the time the mystery was solved at the end of the performance, my face was sore from smiling throughout the evening...

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