Imagine you have purchased tickets for a comedy performance about saving the world. Sounds intriguing, right? You settle into your seat in the theatre and the next thing you know, YOU are on stage. The play’s creator and star reveals that YOU, in fact, are the show’s hero, and will therefore determine its ending.
This isn’t just some hypothetical—and potentially nerve-wracking—situation. It’s what will happen at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center on Feb. 11–13, when the Arts and Design Research Incubator presents Mission: Implausible!, an interactive comedy performance in which creator/star Sandi Carroll, as the character of Top Secret Agent Karen, proves her new co-star’s courage and humanity in surprising and hilarious ways. Below is a collection of photos from a rehearsal in the Arts and Design Research Incubator, as Carroll prepares for her performance downtown: