Fear Experiment℠ Tickets

“I didn’t know what to expect from this show. I was excited to go, but did not expect to be blown away. I have a penchant for live shows, mostly of the musical nature. I try to take in as many as possible and Fear Experiment, by far, exceeded a lot professional acts I have seen in regards to OVERALL entertainment.”

As a way to meet others, challenge themselves, learn a skill, and be a rockstar, strangers sign up solo to spend two and a half months rehearsing an art-form that perhaps they’re not the best at — Broadway, storytelling, or improv this go round — with a group of other solo and fearful people, and then perform in front of hundreds.

Fear Experiment℠ is the best parts of summer camp and a talent show smooshed together — an adult recital if you will. Celebrate adults facing fears in their debut and encore performance during an inspiring evening of saying YES to vulnerability and imperfection on a stage that’s held Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Tom Petty.

Fear Experiment Thirteen

  • Park West, 322 W Armitage Ave, Chicago
  • Saturday, March 21st
  • Doors 5:30pm; show 7pm sharp
  • Entry is not permitted after 7:15pm
  • $27
  • All seats are General Admission
  • There are no actual tickets; your name will be on a list at the door — all you need is your ID

Tickets will be available January 2020. Check out the FAQs below and learn more about Fear Experiment℠ here.

Note that this is from a previous show thus the date and times are incorrect


If I choose General Admission + Slideshow Ad, how will I know what to send when?

  • Within a week of your ticket purchase, you’ll get an email from “Saya | Mac & Cheese Productions” with instructions on how to create and place your slideshow ad
  • If you don’t get this email within that time frame, check spam
  • Still not there? Contact Saya

I’m planning on surprising someone in the show with my attendance. Anything I should know?

  • Participants know the names of all the ticket purchasers
  • If you want to surprise someone, it’s suggested you have someone who is also going to the show buy your ticket for you so that your name isn’t on the ticket list
  • Don’t use a fake name as the name on the ticket list needs to match the ticket purchaser

Where are my seats?

  • Seating is General Admission
  • Are there bad seats? No. BUT fifty of the tickets are standing room, and it’s first come first serve for seats. So the last fifty to enter the theater will probably be the ones sans seats if we sell out.

Do you sell out?

  • Sometimes

When do the doors open and the show start?

  • Doors open at 5:30pm
  • Show starts at 7pm (sharp)

What time do I need to arrive?

  • Entry will not be permitted after 7:15pm
  • Some people come at 5:30pm — do you need to come that early? Nope.
  • You can show up at 6, 6:34, 7pm…  
  • Early-birds are usually ones who want booths, want to hang with friends pre-show, and/or want to get a big section of seats together

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

  • In order to enter, your name must either be on the Ticket List and you must have ID OR you must enter with a person who bought multiple tickets and whose name is on the list and they must have ID
  • Anyone 21+ who wishes to drink must have an ID
  • All attempts are made to make the show family-friendly but be aware that sometimes ‘adult’ topics may come up (especially in improv and storytelling) from the audience or participants
  • The show is all-ages but you’re encouraged to not bring children younger than ten due to the length of the show and aforementioned topics

Can I bring a baby?

  • Your baby is super adorable but please don’t

Do you have discounted tickets for children? Can children come without tickets and sit on laps?

  • No, every attendee must have a General Admission ticket

Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?

  • Nope; there are no actual tickets. Your name will be on list at the front door, along with the number of tickets you purchased
  • You’ll need your ID

If I buy a group of tickets, do we all need to show our IDs?

  • Nope. As long as your name is on the list and you have your ID, you can check in all of your party and their names and IDs are not needed
  • If your group comes separately from you though, you will need to meet them and show your ID again to get them in (you may want to buy tickets individually to avoid this)

When will my tickets be sent to me?

  • There are no actual tickets
  • You’ll get an email — “Your ‪Mac & Cheese Productions‬ receipt” — immediately after purchasing your tickets which means you’re all set and your name is on the list

Can I leave and come back?

  • Re-entry is not permitted

Is my ticket transferrable?

  • If you need to transfer a ticket, send an email to Mac & Cheese Productions℠ via its contact page with the name and email of the person who will be taking the ticket

What is the refund policy?

  • There are no refunds

The name on the ticket-list doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

  • If your name isn’t on the ticket-list, you must enter with the person whose name is, e.g. the ticket purchaser
  • If you foresee problems with this, you may want to buy your tickets separately

Can I buy tickets at the door?

  • Maybe — we decide this the week of the show

Is the show handicapped accessible?

  • Yes, just reach out to Saya (the curator) to let her know you need an accessible area

Is there another way to pay for tickets other than online via Mac & Cheese Productions℠?

  • No (if tickets are available the night of the show, there’s a possibility you can buy at the door; TBD the week of the show)
  • The Park West is NOT selling tickets, in person or online

Is food sold at the theater?

  • No but there are tons of eateries nearby (see below)

What can’t I bring to the event?  

  • Outside beverages, including water; security will make you throw it out
  • Outside food

Is there an intermission?

  • There is a brief intermission

How long does the show run?

  • Shows are usually two to three hours

After the show, can I hang out with the Rockstar I came to support?

  • Absolutely! The theater and bar will remain open for a bit post-show and anyone is welcome to stay and hang out

Is there a coat check?

  • There’s a paid coat-check available

Are photos and video allowed?

  • Absolutely! If you share on social, you’re encouraged to use #FearExperiment so that everyone can enjoy your images

What are other good things to know?

  • There is a minimum credit card charge for drinks so you may want to bring cash
  • There’s a bathroom attendant so you may want cash for a tip (though tipping is NOT required!)

What are my transportation options?

  • Public transportation, bikes, and cabs are highly-recommended as PARKING IS DIFFICULT
  • There is a Divvy station down the street from the theater (Clark & Armitage)
  • The brown-line Armitage stop is about a mile west
  • Lincoln, Armitage and Clark St buses stop very near the theater
  • There is a mix of un-metered street parking and metered parking
  • Instead of a cab, try
    • Uber: use code UBERCHEESEIT for a discounted ride for first-time users
    • Lyft: use code SAYA20 for a discounted ride for first-time users
  • Parking apps ParkWhiz and SpotHero allow you to search for and reserve nearby spots; first time users use these links for discounts — ParkWhiz & SpotHero

Are there places to eat nearby?