Thicket and Thistle
thicket - cruisical - blood title.png
thicket - cruisical - wave 2.png
thicket - cruisical - crop ship smaller - with wave copy.png
ritual blow out white.jpg

Cruise of DEATH


Performances of Death Cruise will take place at Access Theater (located at 380 Broadway, between White Street and Walker Street)

  • Friday, July 26 at 8pm;

  • Saturday, July 27 at 2pm and 8pm;

  • Sunday, July 28 at 2pm.

Tickets for Death Cruise can be purchased online at Death Cruise is an Equity Approved Showcase.



Making new friends can be hard, especially when there’s a demon tracking your every move. Death Cruise, a musical comedy, follows the staff on an Arctic cruise ship who are tested and tormented by a demon desperate to corrupt their souls. Featuring a cast of actor-musicians, this offbeat musical explores themes of hope, friendship, and eternal despair!



thicket - Cruisical - show photo 1.jpg


Thicket - cruisical - show photo 4.png


Death Cruise began development in 2016. The show continues Thicket & Thistle's signature actor-musician dynamic, relying on heart, wit, and theatre magic to delight and transport audiences.  

It was performed as a full reading under the name Cruisical! as part of Loading Dock Theater Company's Forklift Developmental Reading Series in April 2017, and a newly updated, 15-minute excerpt of the show was performed as part of New Light Theater Project's Darkroom 14 Developmental Series.

The show further grew and changed with a yearlong residency at Access Theater's Residency Program in 2017-18.

Death Cruise was awarded a generous grant through the New York State Council of the Arts to stage a production. After a successful IndieGoGo campaign, the full budget was raised and pre-production began.

The 2019 debut production of Death Cruise will be directed by Ashley Brooke Monroe and stars Kyle Acheson, Sam DeRoest, Jonathan Eric Foster, Joshua Stenseth, Titus Tompkins, Juliana Wheeler, Lindsay Zaroogian, who all play a wide array of instruments to make up the show’s musical accompaniment.



thicket - Cruisical - show photo 3 copy.jpg

Cast & Creative

Book by Thicket & Thistle
Music by Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest, & Juliana Wheeler
Lyrics by Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest, Jonathan Eric Foster & Juliana Wheeler

Directed by Ashley Brooke Monroe
Choreography by Melanie Comeau and Sara Gibbons

Stage Manager - Jaye Hunt
Assistant Stage Manager - Shannah Harris

Performed by

Kyle Acheson (Judson)
Sam De Roest (Seth)
Jonathan Eric Foster (Nate)
Joshua Stenseth* (Blaise)  
Titus Tompkins* (Satan)
Juliana Wheeler (Juliette)
Lindsay Zaroogian* (Bailey)


*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Photos from Darkroom 14 at Access Theatre courtesy of Emily Adar and Ryan McGilloway