THE THOMAS WOLFE SOCIETY IMMERSIVE LUNCHEON EXPERIENCE: Clairvoyance, Thievery and Thomas Wolfe's "Look Homeward, Angel" May 22
Back by popular demand this event is an unforgettable, immersive mystery luncheon experience that takes you back to Asheville, 1929. Dinner, music, singing performances, fine acting, a grand dinner and unexpected twist awaits.
It is September 1929 and guests at Lex 18 await the arrival of the honoree, native son Thomas Wolfe. Returning for a brief visit to his childhood home, Thomas has been invited to the former Eureka Saloon, now Lex 18, to lunch with guests and perform a reading from the manuscript of his new book Look Homeward, Angel. The manuscript is scheduled to be mailed to the publisher this week, so this is a truly private advance reading. The intimate lunch, complimented by a visiting pianist, takes a dark and scandalous turn. Multiple motives, suspicions and chaos ensues. Fortunately, there is a special guest who can solve the mystery and return peace to the evening while revealing a shocking future..
The proprietress of the Eureka Saloon has made great plans for her guests' enjoyment including securing bootlegged wine, beer and whisky, a four-course luncheon affair and a hired jazz musician from Washington, DC to hear and see the young novelist he admires.
After Mr. Wolfe's reading of a rather spicy excerpt from his "tell-all" novel, a lovely dining experience accompanied by live music and song appears to unfold seamlessly. Suddenly, however, in the midst of all this enjoyment the evening takes a dark turn. A deceptive plot, prickled with mysterious motives and unwanted suspicions, is revealed in the chaos.
Luckily, a visiting guest in attendance can turn the afternoon's digression and resolve the accusations and defensive posturing. While reluctant to step into the role, he may open a bigger can of worms than anyone has bargained for.
STYLE AND ENGAGEMENT
This uniquely designed dinner experience blends historical facts, setting and personages with fictionalized events that are both fun and fascinating. With an integrated cast of 12 characters, guests' interactions and involvement can range from fully engaged mystery sleuths to casual reserved observers. The only instruction is to play your authentic self.
There is one guest requirement which is to dress for in the style of the 1920s and 1930s. If your closet does not offer the option, we do ask to dress semi formal or business dress.
THE MENU & TIMELINE
GUEST ARRIVAL 11:15AM - 11:30AM
Artisan cheese, marcona almonds, apple butter, French pickled cornichons, fresh baked bread
Spring salad of mixed greens, carrots, red peppers, pumpkin seeds, raisins with a balsamic vinaigrette
THIRD COURSE CHOICES
Barbary Coast style seafood stew accompanied with jasmine rice and fresh baked bread
Mushroom, tomato, caramelized onion, gruyere cheese quiche with asparagus
Pot du creme cheese cake
European coffee or British tea
Live Music and Musical Performances
Elementary Watson! An Immersive Mystery Dinner Experience
ADDITIONAL: Staff Gratuity and alcohol are not included and will be presented at the end of show.
LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL, published in 1929
A legendary author on par with William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Wolfe published Look Homeward, Angel, his first novel, in 1929. About a young man's burning desire to leave his small hometown and tumultuous family in search of a better life, the work gave proof of his genius and launched a powerful legacy.
The novel follows the trajectory of Eugene Gant, a brilliant and restless young man whose wanderlust and passion shape his adolescent years in rural North Carolina. Wolfe said that Look Homeward, Angel is "a book made out of my life." His largely autobiographical story about the quest for a greater intellectual life has resonated with and influenced generations of readers, including some of today's most important novelists. Rich with lyrical prose and vivid characterizations, this twentieth-century American classic will capture the hearts and imaginations of every reader.
Lex 18 Supper Club (View)
18 North Lexington Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
|Minimum Age: 16|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|