Explore Ashlar Hall Castle During Rites of Spring This April
There’s a new immersive theater and art experience called Rites of Spring coming to an infamous Memphis castle this month.
“Rites of Spring” comes alive in Memphis this April for two weekends: April 5-7 and April 11-4. Expect full-scale art installations, lighting, sound, dance performances, themed rooms transforming the venue – Ashlar Hall – into a magical spring gothic castle wonderland.
Ashlar Hall aka Prince Mongo’s Castle aka that weird castle building on Central near Lamar was built as a home in the 1890s. In the 50s and 60s, it was a Grisanti-owned restaurant. And perhaps most notoriously, it was owned by Prince Mongo and turned into a nightclub for a short time in the 90s. After a few false starts from folks trying to revive the building as various things, this will be your chance to take a look inside.
Rites of Spring is organized by local arts group Lost In Found. Lost In Found members say they were inspired by groups like MeowWolf (based in Santa Fe) and PunchDrunk International (the folks who created the infamous Sleep No More shows in NYC).
Both of these groups create interactive experiences that seem like they’re part museum, part dance/music show, part escape room, and part cocktail party. Some are more interactive than others, but for their Memphis show debut, Lost In Found says that Rites of Spring will be voluntary: you can interact with the dancers and actors, explore on your own, or just kick back and relax.
Tickets are $30 per person and you can buy those here. They’ll have grownup drinks available from TapBox for sale during the event’s Friday and Saturday night showing. On opening night Friday April 5, Star & Micey will perform at 8 p.m. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, get on that.
Rites of Spring Memphis show schedule:
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Rites of Spring
April 5-7, 11-14, 2019
All character photos by Bill Simmers.