The Grift—A Practice in the Art of Deception

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March 24
through April 3

Are you sharp enough to take him down?

 

Part theater and part game, The Grift is an immersive, site-specific experience beginning and ending at Bay Street, and moving through several locations nearby in Sag Harbor.

 

WHAT IS THE GRIFT?—FAQ

 

Dropping its audience of 50 per show into the middle of an adventure in which they are trained in the art of the con, participants meet characters, solve clues, and get a master class in the ways of the grifter, all in the interest of pulling off one final grift to take down a seamy criminal mastermind.

Audiences will have their intelligence tested and get trained in scams like The Pig In The Poke, The Round-The-Corner, and The Money Swap—but will they be sharp enough to take down an evil genius at his own game?

The Grift premiered in 2015 to rave reviews and to sold-out performances in San Diego, produced by the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse. Writer-director Tom Salamon makes his return after his other immersive UK successes, Accomplice (produced by the Tony Award-winning Menier Chocolate Factory) and Goosebumps Alive (The Vaults at Waterloo). 

Each audience will be divided into groups of 10. Proof of vaccination and masks are required on arrival.

*Two participating locations of The Grift require climbing stairs and are not wheelchair accessible.

 

Tom Salamon has been in the immersive experience world for 13 years, starting with his first show Accomplice: New York, widely regarded as a pioneering and influential work in the early days of immersive theater. In the years since, he has written and directed work in New York, London, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and produced work with Tony Award-winning theaters such as La Jolla Playhouse and Menier Chocolate Factory, as well as co-produced shows with Tony Award-winner Neil Patrick Harris. In 2020, upon commission by La Jolla Playhouse, Tom wrote and directed The Wizards Of Oakwood Drive, a live, Zoom-based online experience for young audiences. It was called “absolutely enchanting…a nice reminder of what theater can do, even remotely” by The New York Times, and “breezy and funny…an ambitious production that pushed the envelope of what’s possible in the virtual format,” by The San Diego Union Tribune. It continues its sold out run, entertaining audiences from nearly all 50 states and as far as Australia, Mexico, Denmark, and Brazil. In addition, he has developed an online experiential campaign for Comic Con 2020 for a major streaming network with a top experiential agency.

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