Shortly after Michelle Murray Wells opened Sonorous Road Theatre in August 2015, her friends began advising her to start an annual moneymaking holiday show like so many Triangle theaters do.
But she didn’t want to choose just any production.
“I wanted something that would bring on a conversation among the artists and the audience,” Wells says.
After two years of pondering, Wells settled on the O. Henry short story, “The Gift of the Magi,” drawn to it because of its real-life situations.
“It’s such a moving story about sacrifices we make and how they affect what is most important in our lives,” Wells says.
There have been many stage adaptations of the story about a poor husband and wife who sell their most prized possession to buy each other a special gift. But Wells wanted something more engaging than merely watching a play on stage. She decided on an immersive experience in which the audience is in the same space as the actors and move from place to place as the story unfolds.
“The Gift of the Magi”
Where: Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St., Suite 113, Raleigh
When: 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23; 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 10, 17
Tickets: $25 (show recommended for ages 12 and up)
Info: 919-803-3798 or sonorousroad.com