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Mugwumpin is a San Francisco theater and performance ensemble founded in 2004.  We make highly visual, viscerally performed work.  The now-ness of the audience experience remains at the heart of our pieces for both theater and non-theater spaces.


In Event of Moon Disaster

Mugwumpin premieres "In Event of Moon Disaster", an immersive theater experience inspired by the speech Nixon would have given if the Apollo moon landing had failed. January 2018 at Z Below in San Francisco.

Thank you

to all who came out for In Event of Moon Disaster!

a world premiere presented by Mugwumpin, Z Space and Intersection for the Arts  

January 3-28, 2018  

at Z Below
470 Florida St in San Francisco  


photos by Battista Remati

photos by Battista Remati

"Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace..."

Thus begins the speech that Nixon would have given if the Apollo XI astronauts had not returned to the earth. And it’s the launchpad for In Event of Moon Disaster, Mugwumpin’s new immersive theater experience.

We asked some questions...

How do we plan for a future that is more tenuous and uncertain than ever?

What lies beneath our desire to leave Earth?

Can we make a little magic with the help of the Moon?

When you look at the moon, what do you see?

With our signature blend of physical rigor and playful curiosity, Mugwumpin takes you on a retro-futuristic expedition into space, our hunger for what lies beyond, and contingency plans, big and small.


“exactly the combination of whimsy, curiosity and dedication for which ...Mugwumpin is known”
—Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

Mugwumpin rockets to moon on historical what-if - Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle

New Mugwumpin Play Leaves Earth Far Behind - Jean Schiffman, SF Arts Monthly

What if Apollo 11 moon shot were a disaster? There’s a play for that - Sam Hurwitt, San Jose Mercury News

Drama Talk & Drinks: In Event of Moon Disaster “If you want to get to heaven, get out of this world.” - Brittany Janis & Katie Cruz, Mission Mission

Who's Who:

PERFORMER/CREATORS: Stephanie DeMott, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, Isa Musni, Nayeli Rodriguez, Soren Santos, and Don Wood

Director: Natalie Greene
Advisor: Michelle Talgarow
Dramaturg: Christine Young
Costume Design: Christine Crook & Alice Ruiz
Lighting Design: Ray Oppenheimer
Sound Design: Teddy Hulsker
Projections Design: Wolfgang Lancelot Wachalovsky
Video Content Design: Darl Andrew Packard
Scenic and Props Design: Haleigh Park Dulce
Moonhead Design: Kal Domici (Based on original concept and design by Soren Santos)
Production & Stage Manager: Allie Khori
Rehearsal & Assistant Stage Manager: Paige Hart
Assistant Stage Manager: House
Technical Director: Leighland Hooks
Production Assistant: Rebecca Capper
Production Photographer: Battista Remati


In Event of Moon Disaster Collaboration Map

Click and drag this interactive map to see the web of artist contributions that helped create In Event of Moon Disaster