RAA Sets Halloween Extravaganza
With creaking boards and rattling chains and tattered shroud-like sails, the RAA's Prison Ship Halloween Extravaganza makes port at sTudio 7 at Fort Tilden and brings with it all things that go "Boo!" in the night. The free event carries on with frights and fun for the whole family from Friday, October 26, through Sunday, October 28 from 5- 8 p.m. each night, then goes dark only to rise again, like a phantom from the depths, for the same hours on Halloween Night, October 31. Parking and admission are free.
A year in the making, the RAA's Prison Ship follows a long tradition of fright fests staged by the group. Using all the skills of art and stagecraft as well as music, sound, color and light, they create a truly haunting maze of interactive thrills and chills. A horde of goblins and ghosts, along with an army of invisible helpers and some ghoulish guides, adds the 'personal touch'. Last year's Malice In Underland, a twirling tilt on Alice's adventures through the looking glass, entertained hundreds every evening. Those coming aboard this year's Prison Ship should "be prepared to enter a timeless history of incarceration and punishment."
This year's Halloween apparition promises 'four tormented nights' to shock and amaze adults and children alike. "If you are crazy enough to visit RAA's Prison Ship, be prepared …" says an RAA spokesman, adding "Beware. You may never see the light of day again!" The Rockaway Artists Alliance invites all to come out and have a roaring good scare.
RAA's Prison Ship Halloween Extravaganza is presented in partnership with The National Park Service/ Gateway National Recreation Area. It takes place within the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) renovated sTudio 7 gallery and on its grounds, located at Fort Tilden, Queens. Fort Tilden, a historic, now decommissioned U.S. Army post, is today home to many cultural and community activities in the Rockaways. It is bordered by the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and by the waters of Jamaica Bay. It is a central part of Gateway National Recreation Area, a uniquely picturesque urban national park which spans several boroughs and incorporates beaches, marshlands and bird and wildlife sanctuaries. So far as anyone will say, it is haunted by no ghosts, but…