In the dictionary parturition is defined as: The action or process of giving birth to offspring. ‘Parturition’ is also the newest experience from the Screenshot Productions/Fear Is What We Learned Here creator Nicholas Sherwin Jr, and we are invited to be reborn into the world, to hopefully start our lives fresh, rejuvenated and ready to take on new challenges with renewed vigor and a sense of purpose. Only running from January 28-31st, 2016, get your tickets ASAP!
In October your Zombie Examiner was invited, through a number of cryptic messages on Instagram, to experience the first installment from this creative team. They described ‘Fear is What We Learned Here’ as “a waking dream, a dream that takes you through some of your deepest fears, but one that also provides you a pathway to overcoming them.” The experience was pretty scary, left me wondering a lot about existence in general, why there are fears in my life, and it definitely created a need to do some personal soul searching. Just recently I was invited again, this time to ‘Parturition’ which is described by Screenshot Productions as, “an intensely personal, immersive journey through the beginning stages of the human experience. ‘Parturition’ is not a haunt. At the same time, the birthing process, as well as life in general, is filled with darkness and elements of horror, so just because it is not classified as such, don’t expect an entirely peaceful experience. Without giving too much away, as with our last production ‘Fear is What We Learned Here’ we are interested in exploring the psychology surrounding a particular topic/emotion and hope that attendees are not only immersed and entertained in going through the experience, but take away powerful insights into the human experience that they can then apply to their day-to-day life. We are all born alone, so this will be a 25-30 minute journey that must be faced unaccompanied.”
Not being able to describe the experience without giving anything away, I can say it was a peaceful, creative and unique encounter filled with music, lights and a very positive message. I felt good afterwards, reborn, smiling on the way home. Not scary in any way for me, although they did describe a less clothed version that I chose not to take, so maybe that version would have been a bit more frightening.
‘Parturition’ is the brainstorm of Screen Shot Productions and will take place over the dates of January 28-31st, 2016 in North Hollywood. For more information and tickets for this short run please go to: whatwelearnedhere.com
The Screenshot Productions/Nicholas Sherwin vision:
“Screenshot Productions is a newly formed, immersive installation collective with a long-term vision to establish a year-round immersive experience culture here in Los Angeles. The company has been inspired by the collaborative, immersive scene in New York and hopes to bring something similar to the west coast. However, they don’t simply wish to replicate existing models for what constitutes an immersive production, but instead forge ahead with their own take on where they think the industry can go. The vision is to continually push what an immersive experience can be and what audience members can get out of it, always with an agenda for the productions staged. The hope is that each art installation created by Screenshot taps into universal human emotions in some meaningful way and that the art has a genuine emotional impact on those who attend.”
“Screenshot Productions was founded by Nicholas David Sherwin Jr. Nicholas was the creative director and, along with Jarred Laos, co-creator for the company’s first installation entitled ‘Fear is What We Learned Here.’ Nicholas is currently the creative director and sole creator of ‘Parturition’ He also works as the Executive V.P. for No Pressure Productions, a concert promotion agency and recording studio out of La Mirada, CA. In addition, Nicholas is a project manager for Vortex Productions LLC., handling the west coast operations where he stage manages the show, the cast, and the inventory for “Blackout” an extreme immersive theatrical event in it’s sixth year of production (third in LA). Nicholas graduated with his MBA in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change from Pepperdine University and for his undergrad attended Biola University, graduating with a B.S. in Management Sciences.”