Social Alchemix (Live!)

MON // FEB 21 // 07:00PM

A theatrical hybrid of game night, storytelling, and boozy voyeurism wrapped in the framework of the Scientific Method.

Question: Can we create an analog experience in which a group of strangers can get to know each other in a deeper and more meaningful way?

Hypothesis: Yes

Procedure: Armed with cocktails and a party game (Social Alchemix), a group of strangers navigate a cocktail party, skip the small talk, and get into the good stuff.

Social Alchemix (Live!) - formally known as A Cocktail Party Social Experiment - ran from Oct 2019 until Feb 2020 when it was put on hold due to COVID19. As we are negotiating how to re-enter a world where we can safely meet strangers, it is evident that we need permission, not only to share our stories, but to deeply listen, listen longer than we are used to, to feel reconnected to the human tapestry, and to fight against the isolation of the past 2 years.


Wil Petre is a performer and experience designer specializing in curating intimate performance in public spaces. In addition to hosting Social Alchemix (Live!), Wil creates and hosts a mulitude of cocktail experiences, including his signature Bar-for-One.

Wil was a part of the original creative cast of Third Rail Projects’ The Grand Paradise, and an original creative cast member of Queen of the Night, the 2015 Drama Desk recipient for Unique Theatrical Experience. With The Windmill Factory, he was a part of the 2014 Future of Storytelling Summit in Snug Harbor, Staten Island, and with Woodshed Collective a part of the 2016 Future of Storytelling Festival at the Africa Center. He has told stories with The Moth, and occasionally performs boylesque under the name Handsome Peter.

He has worked at bars and restaurants across Brooklyn and Manhattan since 2001, owns no less than six books dedicated to manners and etiquette, and has an Airbnb Host Rating of 5 stars. For a full CV, please visit


Doors 6:30 PM, show 7:00 PM.
Tickets $18 in advance, $22 at the door.


No outside food or drink is allowed.


As we re-open we're doing everything we can to keep our audience, performers, and staff safe and are complying with all Covid regulations.

As part of this, all attendees must present proof of full vaccination to enter. Proof can be via the New York State Excelsior pass, a physical copy of the CDC card, a photo of your CDC card, or other electronic record of vaccination includes name and date (e.g., some chain pharmacies have an app with this information). In all cases the name must match that on your photo ID.

Our full Covid policies can be found here.


Tickets may be refunded up to 24 hours before the event. Within 24 hours we may take exchanges for other events at our discretion. No refunds after the event.


21 A Clinton Street, Manhattan