Kaidan Project:
Walls Grow Thin

Presented in Association with East West Players

Written by Lisa Dring and Chelsea Sutton with Rogue Artists Ensemble
Directed by Sean T. Cawelti

You receive a letter from your childhood friend who is haunted by a mysterious event in your shared past—and she needs your help. When you arrive at her family’s warehouse, you ascend to the fifth and sixth floors in a creaking freight elevator, followed by a voice that calls out through the shadows, drowning you in echoes of wells and engines and graveyards, in tangles of hair and snow, in sharp reflections of your darkest moments—a voice that may not be human.

Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin is a multi-sensory, immersive, site-specific experience refracting ancient Japanese ghost stories through a modern, multi-cultural lens, revealing the noise of our histories and the silences that haunt us. A small group of twelve enters a room alone, the walls begins to thin, and a dark spirit stirs within you - will you ever escape it?

Upcoming Performances:

Previews: October 5, 6, 7 & 12, 2017
Opening: October 13, 2017
Performances: October 14 - November 5, 2017
Special Performances: October 30 & 31
Wheelchair Accessible Matinees: Saturday, October 21; Saturday, October 28; Saturday, November 4 

TIMES: Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30pm, 7:50pm, 8:10pm, 8:45pm, 9:05pm

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, 7:50pm, 8:10pm, 8:45pm, 9:05pm, 9:25pm

Special Halloween performances Oct 30 & 31 at 7:30pm, 7:50pm, 8:10pm, 8:45pm, 9:05pm

Matinees: 2pm (WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE), 3pm, 3:20pm


Tickets $50 previews
$125 opening night
$65-$75 October 14 - November 5

If a date is not listed to buy a ticket, we are most likely sold out. We will announce any ticket openings as they become available.



Secret Mid City Warehouse, 90019
to be released after purchase of ticket


Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin is an immersive experience in 10,000 square feet of warehouse space and combines masked and unmasked actors, highly expressive physical performance, interactive sets, multiple puppetry traditions, projected media, sophisticated special effects, and illusions. It is not recommended for audience members who are not comfortable with walking, ducking, navigating small spaces, standing for periods of time, loud noises, moments of complete darkness, or being alone. Because of its nature, the show is not wheelchair accessible and audience members must be able to navigate stairs on their own, however Rogue Artists Ensemble will be offering a special modified matinee performance AT 2PM of the production that is wheelchair accessible.


Special Thanks

Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Venturous Theater Fund of Tides Foundation, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City of West Hollywood Arts Commission, the Japan Foundation, Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, the Jim Henson Foundation, Macy's and the United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council.


Kamran Abbassian, Dawn Anderson, Yiouli Archontaki, 
Tyler Bremmer, Tom Dang, Lara Thomas Ducey,
Eric Fagundes, Julia Garcia Combs, McCristol Harris III, Heidi Hilliker, Tane Kawasaki, Steve Jun, Jolene Kim, 
Amir Levi, Thomas Isao Morinaka, Jasmine Orpilla,
Ricky Pak, Robert Paterno, Sarah Kay Peters,
Jonathan Reich, Anthony Rutowicz, Miles Taber,
Randi Tahara, Paul Turbiak, Kiki Yeung, Reggie Yip.

Production Team:

Music Composed by Adrien Prévost, scenic design by Keith Mitchell, lighting design by Karyn Lawrence, costume design by Lori Meeker, video design by Matthew G. Hill, sound design by Steve Swift and Gilly Moon, props design by Glenn Michael Baker, and puppet and mask designs by Sean T. Cawelti, Jack Pullman, and Brian White. 

Assistant Director Darcie Crager, Assistant Scenic Designer Dillon Nelson, Associate Lighting Designer Liam Sterbinsky, Assistant Costume Designer Jazz Hager, Assistant Video Design Sara Haddadin, Associate Puppet and Mask Designers Morgan Rebane, Christine Papalexis & Greg Ballora, Music Consultant Shih-Wei "Willie" Wu, Movement Coaches Jessica Hanna and Joyce Lu, Cultural Advisor Shigeru Yaji, Paranormal and Culture Consultant Jasmine Orpilla, Dramaturge and Immersive Consultant Spencer Williams.

Development Team:

Lisa Dring, Lori Meeker, Noelle Hoffman, Sean T. Cawelti, Snehal Desai, Miles Taber, Sarah Kay Peters, Chelsea Sutton