Story by Monica Ballard

Directed by Ryan Crowder

 

The Control Group: A Mission in Time is a new, week-long theatrical experience you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

 

You've been contacted by Dr. DeSouza, the director of a mysterious government agency called the Control Group, which is responsible for protecting the flow of time. An accident in the future threatens to erase existence as we know it, and the Control Group needs your help to stop it!

 

Your experience will begin when you receive a dossier in the mail from the Control Group containing clues you'll need to unravel the mystery. Then, you'll receive a phone call from Director DeSouza at the same time every day for five days. Over these calls, you'll discuss the case; hear reports from field agents at various times in history; and make new discoveries to save Time Stream.

 

With your help, we can repair the damage that's been done. All of our futures depend on it.

 

The Control Group: A Mission in Time tickets are $27.50 per household.

 

 

For a great experience

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 

The Control Group is a five-day theatrical experience by phone. You choose the date and time you'd like to start. Then, Director DeSouza will call you at the same time every weekday for five days. For example, if you choose to start at 8:30pm on Monday, November 16th, you will receive phone calls at 8:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week.

 

Calls range in length from 5 to 20 minutes. Mark your calendar now to make sure you don't miss one!

 

LET YOUR PHONE GET UNLISTED CALLS

Because of the highly classified nature of this mission, all calls from the Control Group will come from an unlisted number. Your phone may say "Unknown Caller", "Spam Risk", etc. To be sure Director DeSouza is able to reach you, you must set your phone to accept unlisted calls.

 

For Apple:

1. Go to Settings, then to Do Not Disturb

2. Turn off Do Not Disturb

3. Go to Setttings, then to Phone

4. Turn off Silence Unknown Callers

5. If you have other apps blocking calls from unlisted numbers (ex. Call Control, Hiya), turn them off.

 

For Android:

1. Open the phone app

2. Tap More, then Call Settings, then Call Rejection

3. Tap Auto Reject List, then turn off the Unknown option

4. If you have other apps blocking calls from unlisted numbers (ex. Call Control, Hiya), turn them off.

 

CHECK YOUR MAIL

Before your experience begins, you will receive a dossier in the mail from Director DeSouza. It will contain information and instructions that will help you throughout the week. It's vital that you closely follow the instructions in this dossier, as well as those from Director DeSouza over the phone.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

MY DOSSIER DIDN'T ARRIVE

If you are about to start your experience and you have not received a dossier in the mail from Director DeSouza, call us at (512) 850-4849 or email us at info@penfoldtheatre.org. We will send you an electronic version you can use until the hard copy arrives.

 

MY AVAILABILITY HAS CHANGED

If you know in advance you will not be available for one of your calls, call us at (512) 850-4849 or email us at info@penfoldtheatre.org. We will review your options.

 

I MISSED A CALL

Director DeSouza will make three attempts to reach you at your agreed time. If you do not answer, you will receive an email from Director DeSouza the following day with information you need to continue your experience. Due to the delicacy of transchronologic communication, missed phone calls cannot be rescheduled. 

 

NO ONE CALLED ME

The Control Group keeps meticulous records, but it's possible we have an error in your phone number or other registration information. Please call us at (512) 850-4849 or email us at info@penfoldtheatre.org so we can troubleshoot.

 

HOW DO I CONTACT DIRECTOR DESOUZA?

The technology does not yet exist for you to contact Director DeSouza in the future. If you need help, please call us at (512) 850-4849 or email us at info@penfoldtheatre.org. Penfold Theatre maintains an open line of communication with the Control Group and can relay messages.

 

I LIVE OUTSIDE AUSTIN, TX. IS THAT OK?

Absolutely! We can accommodate calls all over the United States. Just keep in mind that call times are listed in Central Time.

 

CAN THE REST OF MY HOUSEHOLD PARTICIPATE?

Certainly! If you are able, use the speakerphone function on your phone to let others enjoy, too.

 

CAN MY CHILD PARTICIPATE?

The Control Group contains one scene with mild adult language. The experience is recommended for middle school ages and up.

 

WILL I GET A CALL ON ELECTION NIGHT?

If you choose to receive calls on the week of November 2-6, you will get a call on election night. Depending on your conversation, the call will last around 10 to 15 minutes.

 

 

Cast and Creative Team

 

Creators

 

Monica Ballard, Playwright

Ryan Crowder, Director

Brett Weaver, Sound Designer

 

Performers

 

Kim Adams

Kareem Badr

Lowell Bartholomee

Robert L. Berry

Jessica Calvello

Brock England

Judd Farris

David R. Jarrott

Olivia Jiménez

Jarrett King

Kevin Percival

Jose Villarreal

Brett Weaver

 

 

Sponsors

 

Diamond Sponsors ($5,000+)

Bloomberg PhilanthropiesCity of AustinCity of Round RockTexas Commission on the Arts

Ruby Sponsors ($2,500+)

P&B Print and Design Studio