Skull Island's founding members began working together during the creation of a collaborative project called "Splish: a Mermaid Masque" in New Orleans in 2015, described thusly:
The built environment of Splish is the collective vision of veteran installation artists, both homegrown, and from around the country. For inspiration, they draw from roadside tourist attractions like Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs, as well as monster movies of the 1960s and 1970s. Splish uses the archaic form of the masque, a grand spectacle where the live audience is invited to interact directly with the costumes, scenery and story as it unfolds.
Once hooked, anything goes….
All casting is gender nonspecific. Performers include New Orleans drag phenom Neon Burgundy, Labanna Babylon and theater man human Ratty Scurvics; original live compositions performed by a house band led by Meschiya Lake. Original script is co-written by Ellery Neon and Jeff Stark. Featuring Artists; Sarrah Danziger, Sam Springston, Ellery Neon, Alanna Maureen Geare, Jade Brandt, Chelsea Wagner, Joshua Short, Courtney Lain, Paul Caulder and Andrew Schrock.