Charle Shaw Robinson Hilary Goidell

Rime of the Ancient Mariner Staged at Z Space

Heaven forbid that any ferry rider ever have an “immersive experience” on the water,  quite a few devoted theatre patrons think it’s just grand.

That said,  Word for Word and Z Space is staging an immersive production of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s legendary Rime of the Ancient Mariner through October 12.

Considered by many to be a “green parable,” this epic voyage is a tale of man’s crime against nature, with the shooting of the magnificent albatross–and the havoc which nature wreaks in return. Z Space is turned into a sailing ship by a design team features scenic design by Oliver DiCicco & Colm McNally, a “environmental projection surround” of the sea and the elements by Hana Kim, choreography by Nol Simonse, with lighting design by Ray Oppenheimer, sound design by

Matt Stines and costume design by Nikki Anderson-Joy.

Audience-related activities are developed by Word for Word in collaboration with The Exploratorium, San Francisco’s interactive museum of science, art, and human perception, and their programs on global climate change investigating how to slow down and adapt to climate change. Word for Word is also collaborating with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park with a look at San Francisco’s maritime history.