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Psychonauts Postponed Until Further Notice

ring%20master%20with%20heart.jpgLast Thursday, May 24th,  ironically, while reading the LA Times coverage about our Psychonauts event, the owner of Gold Creek Ranch called us to share some disturbing news:

After 15 years of productions in the land, for reasons completely unforeseen, and above all, totally unexpectedly, LA County begun litigation against Gold Creek Ranch in order to deny its owner of his road access rights. Simply translated this means that the city now has the legal power –until a higher court says otherwise- to block access to the land where our event would take place this coming June 16. Given these developments, the attorneys representing our venue have advised its owner to cancel all remaining shows scheduled in the land –including ours- until a court hearing can be set. Given the particularities of most legal systems, this issue may take literally from months to years with the likelihood of the latter.

Given the vast amounts of money invested & spent already, and what’s at stake for all of us involved, we are forced to postpone Psychonauts for a few months until a new suitable location can be secured. To that regard, other event organizers have passed on to us two firm leads for isolated spots that might be rented for our type of event. We have already started contacting both in order to make plans for a physical inspection. We’ll keep you informed about this in the next few days. In fact, this Sunday we’ll be heading up north to Santa Barbara to check out a third option: the campground where the DoLab produces Lightning in a Bottle.

The most important part for us is to maintain our present level of momentum and commitment. Even if our event is postponed, we can turn this situation to our advantage: in the end, it’ll give us more time for rehearsals, more time to complete the sets, the props and the myriad other things still needed. Given our slow ticket sales, it may be very helpful to have the extra time to attract even more people that we had anticipated.

Regardless, we want to assure you that nothing stops in regards to Psychonauts. If anything, this is just one more challenge to overcome. We’ll be focusing intently in the next weeks to secure a viable location where we can carry out our vision of a ‘Jung-inspired theme park’ to paraphrase the LA Times.

For those who’ve been so supportive this far, we ask you to keep the faith and most importantly, the hard work. If you’ve known CDP for some years, you’ll probably know that we take ourselves seriously and are not easily deterred. Psychonauts will be a reality and we’re counting on you to make it so. As the saying goes: ‘in the face of adversity, there’s nothing wrong with hope’, or like Aerosmith says, ‘dream on, dream on, dream on until your dreams come true.’
And to finish in a hopeful note, let me remind you of a poem by Allen Ginsberg where in a few words he says: ‘but I know the Lord won’t cheat me of my burning desire to see his face’. Amen.

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