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The production blends the worlds of tabletop roleplay games and theatre to create an interactive experience.

Cast of Dungeons and Dragons The Twenty-Sided Tavern

The Twenty-Sided Tavern, the officially licensed Dungeons and Dragons live experience, officially opened its premiere Off-Broadway at Stage 42 May 5, and reviews are rolling in. The production unites Hasbro, Curious Hedgehog, Showpath Entertainment, and Wizards of the Coast to bring the tabletop adventure game to the stage.

The Off-Broadway run stars co-creators DAGL (Drunk Shakespeare) as Dungeon Master and Sarah Davis Reynolds as Tavern Keeper, in addition to Tyler Nowell Felix (Modern Family) as Fighter, Madelyn Murphy as Mage, and Diego F. Salinas (Drunk Shakespeare) as Rogue.

The cast is completed by RJ Christian (Parade), R. Alex Murray (Boardwalk Empire), Cassidy Sledge (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), and Alex Stompoly (A Christmas Carol).

Read the reviews below.

New York Theatre Guide (Austin Fimmano)

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READ: How The Twenty-Sided Tavern Lets Audiences Choose Their Own Adventure

The Twenty-Sided Tavern is an improvised quest play. Relying on audience participation, each performance is uniquely tailored to decisions made by audience members on their phones using patented software from Gamiotics. Audience members choose which characters will appear each evening, as well as which paths they will take, and which decisions they will make along the journey. The in-mobile-browser platform does not require any special equipment, instead running on audience members' phones.

The show originally premiered at The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, later playing runs in Chicago and at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

While the production naturally appeals to Dungeons and Dragons players, knowledge of the tabletop roleplay world is not required, as the structure of the game is communicated within the show.

Created by David Andrew Laws, Sarah Reynolds, and David Carpenter, The Twenty-Sided Tavern is written by Laws. The game design is by Reynolds.

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