Strange Apartment Hauntings in 'The Displaced'

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'The Displaced' stars Troy Rockett and Jordan Don. (Cheshire Isaacs)

Postponed by the pandemic but returning in 2021, The Displaced by Isaac Gómez is a two-hander horror story with a solid reputation for inspiring unease. When artistic couple Marísa and Lev move into their new apartment, their quotidian squabbling can’t distract from a series of unexplainable events unfolding around them. But are they being haunted by their own fragmented dysfunction, or by a tormented spirit with cause to linger?

Recently rewritten with a pair of alternate endings, Gómez’ nervy script gradually reveals itself to be about much more than a few flying tchotchkes; it also addresses gentrification, generational wealth, racial inequity, and displacement. Featuring Jordan Don and Troy Rockett as the troubled protagonists—with direction by Mina Morita and Karina Gutiérrez, and special effects design by Devon LaBelle—Crowded Fire’s production of The Displaced offers both a savvy indictment of our time and a seasonally appropriate scary story. Masks and proof of vaccination are required, while select shows allow a proof of negative COVID test instead (check website for dates).

'The Displaced' runs Sept. 9–Oct. 2 at the Potrero Stage in San Francisco. Details here.