The Arcanists produce live entertainment that tells true, honest stories, bonding artists and audiences together in a safe artistic environment. We create recurring performance series, rather than singular productions, through which interdisciplinary artists form relationships with audiences over time. Our shows feature interactive participation, where audiences are invited to engage and influence an artist’s story, creating a new true story together. We use iterative production models to refine our artistic processes and quality with each production.
The Creation of The Tarot Reading
The Tarot Reading began in 2016, at the invocation of Head Summoners Alan Katz and Quill Nebeker.
It was called to the mortal plane to be a place for the unusually bold - both in audiences and performers. It is a ritual for one and all, a mystical event that appears out of thin air and disappears into smoke. It has since had multiple iterations, corporealizing all over the DC area whenever it is summoned.
Tarot IV occurred in March, 2018 at the Anacostia Arts Center in the Anacostia Historic District of Washington, DC, and was partially funded by the ARCH BID. It featured Mediums Justin J Bell, Allyson Harkey, Jon Jon Johnson, David S Kessler, Niusha Nawab, Rebecca Speas, Nyla Rose, and for one performance Alan Katz. navi played The Fool. The Summoning Team was Joan Cummins, Alan Katz, and Quill Nebeker. The Head Alchemist was Cody Whitfield. The Visual Priest was Mary Keegan.
Tarot III occured in October, 2017 at The #9 Lounge at Evening Star Cafe in the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria, VA. It featured Mediums B'Ellana Duquesne, Gwen Grastorf, Allyson Harkey, Jon Jon Johnson, Michael "Cariño Valentine" Moya, Niusha Nawab, and Ms. Buffy Wylde. Alan Katz played The Fool. The Summoning Team was led by Alan Katz & Quill Nebeker with Joan Cummins. The Alchemy team was led by Cody Whitfield, with Allison Poms.
Tarot II occurred in March, 2017 at The #9 Lounge at Evening Star Cafe in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA. It featured Mediums Yogini Neen Certo, Joan Cummins, B'Ellana Duqesne, Alan Katz, Quill Nebeker, Natalie "Sylvia Trash" Piegari, and Doug Robinson. Gwen Grastorf played The Fool. Cody Whitfield was Alchemist. The Summoning team was Alan Katz & Quill Nebeker.
Tarot I occurred in October, 2016 at Studio 1469 in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. It featured Mediums 2Deep the Poetess, Yogini Neen Certo, Joan Cummins, Ezra Tozian, Jon Jon Johnson, Alan Katz and navi. Rebecca Speas played The Fool. Cody Whitfield was Alchemist. The Summoning Team was Alan Katz & Quill Nebeker.
Press for The Tarot Reading
A wholly new framework for experiencing live theater...Something unexpectedly humane happens in The Tarot Reading. Not something esoteric yet something inexplicably connecting...a captivating catharsis not to be missed.
A sort of tongue-in-cheek cult initiation, a perfect balance of campy indulgence and the genuine creepiness the Tarot invokes.
Creators and audience members looking for something fresh and daring have a lot to learn from The Tarot Reading, and a lot to look forward to.