House No. 17

June 6–September 24, 2014
Governors Island, NY


House No. 17

June 6–September 24, 2014
Governors Island, NY


Third Rail Projects’ House No. 17, was the second to last developmental phase in the making of The Grand Paradise. During the 2015 Governors Island public season, visitors had several opportunities to join the creative team during open studio and rehearsal times, talk with the artists, and witness the creative process. Members of Third Rail Projects’ Producers Circle received invitations to be among the first audiences to move through this immersive world and get a sneak peek of Third Rail Projects’ next experiential performance work. For House No. 17, Third Rail Projects focused on the characters that inhabited the world, their environments, and the ways in which they would engage with audiences. The new characters and material developed during this residency eventually became part of the fabric of The Grand Paradise, a place of mystery and promise, where visitors follow their own longings and desire into unexpected turns and rewards.



Photography by Joshua Dutton-Reaver




Created by Third Rail Projects

Artistic Directors
Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, Jennine Willett

Written, Choreographed, and Directed by
Tom Pearson, Zach Morris, and Jennine Willett

Created in Collaboration with and Performed by
Elizabeth Carena, Alberto Denis, Roxanne Kidd, Tom Pearson, 
Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Tara O’Con, Edward Rice, Zoë Schieber, Jessy Smith

Additional Collaborators
Rachel I. Berman, Rebekah Morin, Joshua Reaver, Tori Sparks, Niko Tsocanos, Carlton Cyrus Ward

Production Staff

Composer & Sound Design: Sean Hagerty, with Isaiah Singer
Costume Design: Karen Young

Production Manager: Brittany Crowell
Stage Manager:  Kristina Vnook
Assistant Stage Manager: Kim Savarino


Thank you to our Producers Circle members (For a full list of our donors, click here) and the Trust for Governors Island who made House No. 17 possible!