Cursed

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Cursed scary?

Short answer: Yes. It is an immersive horror experience designed to make you uncomfortable. Will you lose sleep? Will you have nightmares? Will you be visited in the night by demons that have followed you home? Tough to say. What we can say for sure is that you’ll have a lot of fun. Be brave. You’ve got this. 

Is Cursed COVID-safe?

This event is as safe as we can possibly make it, given that it does involve being outside your home. Cursed was specifically created to provide a safer alternative to crowded Halloween events. It’s probably safer than the grocery store. We all deserve to feel safe while we enjoy a little Halloween creepiness, especially given the year we’ve had.

We’re taking the following precautions. If you have questions or suggestions, please get in touch with us. Anyone refusing to abide by these safety measures will be asked to leave with no refund.

  1. Extremely limited capacity of 11 people per event 
  2. Required face masks (over mouth AND nose)
  3. Social distancing with seating placed 6 feet or more apart
  4. Contactless check-in and bar purchases
  5. Hand sanitation stations throughout the venue
  6. Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of seating, bar, and other areas between each performance
  7. Contactless temperature checks upon entry

Will there be adult refreshments available to help calm the nerves?

Yes, there is a full bar. There will be opportunities before, during intermission, and after the show to grab a drink.

Is there an age limit?

This event is 21+ due to the nature of the performance as well as the venue (it’s a bar). 

Is Cursed wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Please advise us when you purchase your ticket so we can accommodate you. 

Does Cursed use any special effects I should know about?

The event does involve strobe lights and occasional light haze.

Are discounts available?

A limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets will be available via Eventbrite for those who have experienced financial hardship during the pandemic. Every dollar of every ticket sold is used to pay the artists  involved and to cover production costs. The limited number of tickets for each show means that no one is getting rich, but we are passionate about bringing you a safe Halloween experience at a price that allows us to pay the artists involved a fair wage. Thank you for understanding. 

Is this a haunted house?

It is not. Nor is it an escape room or traditional play. Think of it more like a choose-your-own-adventure book come to life. It’s interactive, multi-sensory, and immersive. You’ll have conversations with performers, explore the collection of cursed objects, make choices that steer the narrative, and take actions that have consequences.

How long does Cursed take?

Cursed is a full evening of paranormal mystery that will keep you entertained for 2 1/2 hours, including an intermission, during which you can purchase a beverage from our friendly-but-terrified bartender and peruse the exhibit of cursed objects. 

What should I wear?

A face mask. Other than that… whatever makes you happy. Dress up for an evening out or show up in your quarantine sweatpants. You’ll have a good time either way.

Who is doing this? And why?

This experience was created by NonsenseATL. In the Before Times(tm), NonsenseATL spent 13 years throwing raucous, crowded dance parties. Sometimes there were haunted houses built inside of them. Other times, there were pools full of packing noodles, Wheel of Consequences games, indoor snow, cat behavior experts, drag performances, improv experiences, or bouncy castles where we played “Sandstorm” on repeat for hours.

Clearly, these things are not an option right now. But we missed bringing people joy and entertainment and surprises. And we are obsessed with Halloween, horror, and immersive theater, so we created Cursed as a safe way for people to celebrate our favorite month.

With massive help from some extremely talented friends and artists, we were able to make this project happen. Please see our About Us page for more details on each of these delightful human beings.

Extra special thanks to The Basement for taking a chance on something so different. We love them dearly.

Our talented actors are (in alphabetical order): Freddy Boyd, Hannah-Rose Broom, Jordan Blair Brown, Jay Dempsey, Adelle Drahos, Madison Hatfield, Emily Nedvidek, and Laurie Catherine Winkel. The experience was written and directed by Kimberly Turner with lighting, sound, and other assorted magic by Scott Lockhart. 

Where is Cursed?

Cursed is located in The Basement in East Atlanta, 1245 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta, 30316. If you see the old Graveyard Tavern, just go around back for parking and entry.

Incidentally, the venue itself is allegedly haunted by shadow people who have been reportedly witnessed after hours by many staff members and DJs.