“Sleep No More” is a site specific, modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth put on by Punchdrunk Theatre Company. The play is performed in the McKittrick Hotel – 3 linked warehouses in Chelsea that have been gutted and installed with a maze of rooms to explore and witness events unravel in front of you. Veering away from the traditional stage performance, the “Sleep No More” experience is one that is reminiscent of a “choose your own adventure” book you would read when you are little. All spectators wear Venetian style masks, keeping their anonymity [from eachother and to the actors], as they wander from room to room. There is no set path. There are things going on everywhere simultaneously, different characters to follow around, and every person will come out having their own unique experience. I’ve included a video from Cool Hunting’s behind the scenes look as some of the sets.
I’m going to see it this Saturday. I can’t wait!
Check out more here:
—NY Times Review
—NY Times Slideshow of images
—Sleep No More NYC
(images from Cool Hunting)
So here was part of the line as I headed up to one of the 2 places you are allowed to go when waiting in line for tickets–the bathroom and the cafe. After many rounds of UNO, napping, and watching the USA unfortunately get knocked out of the World Cup, we all got tickets for the show.
Merchant of Venice was amazing. Al Pachino was awesome. I got front from center tickets!!!!!!!!!! Al Pachino probably spit on me at some point in the play. He was amazing as Shylock. I was also extremely ecstatic to see that Jesse L. Martin was in the play as well. I love him best as Tom Collins from RENT! Jesse even sang a little in the play. What a voice (If only I could have seen him live in RENT). To see him live was just greatness. To add to the star madness, Jesse Tyler Ferguson who plays Mitchell from ABC’s “Modern Family” was part of the cast that really brought Shakespeare’s, Merchant of Venice to life. Go stand in line for free tickets or get virtual tickets. I don’t care how you do it, but this it’s a must see. A pound of flesh!
(image by: vivien chin)
Saw Jon perform as Harold in the revival of Mart Crowley’s play, “The Boys in the Band” last week. It closes this weekend unfortunately so if you can get still tickets I highly recommend it! Every actor was amazing, Jon was sooo awesome and just made me laugh so hard with his entertaining character. Really you couldn’t have picked a better cast to star in this play. Everyone did so well. One of the best parts about the play was also that it was in a very intimate setting. The play itself actually is set in one of the character’s apartments during a birthday party. The “stage” was arranged in penthouse apt in Chelsea so that all those coming to see the play were interspersed within the set. You could rub elbows with the actors or have a drink accidentally spilled on you because you were actually in the “apt” with them as the party took place. The action takes place literally next to you. Really great experience for a play–the idea of being “in” the play versus watching a stage from afar. Can’t wait for the next play Jon will be cast in!
(image from Transport Group)
First really beautiful weekend in awhile, so I decided to take advantage of it and try and see Shakespeare in the Park’s showing of “Twelfth Night”. Most of the shows have had to go on with light rain and chilly weather this June which is unfortunate, but not this past Sunday!! As I mentioned in my earlier post about Shakespeare in the Park, it takes place in Delacorte Theater in Central Park and the tickets are free. You can try and win limited tickets online, but really if you are up to it you should jut wait in line. People start lining up at 6am in the morning and tickets are given out at 1pm at the theater. You really want to get a spot in line at 6-6:30am if you want to get tickets for sure. I know this sounds a little intense, but sooooo many people do it. As you can see above the line gets really long since people are vying for about 1000+ tickets or more. It’s really not that bad. I had a really fun time! On a beautiful day, it’s just relaxing to spend a nice morning in the park. People get really into it and they bring lawn chairs, blankets, pillows, tables, board games, cards, computers, and books, etc to keep themselves and friends entertained. People watching and dog watching is fun too. I did alot of that. And took a little nap.
My waiting in line kit included: blanket, pillow, The Chronicles of Narnia (all of them in one book), sour patch kids, chips and guacamole, strawberry jam, bread, water, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist DVD to watch on a little dvd player.
The show was excellent and had great seats. The case included film and TV stars Anne Hathaway and Audra McDonald, and a VERY VERY talented cast of broadway and stage performers who did an amazing job. The play was soo funny, the characters and actors were great, and the music was very fun and well sung by the actors. Highly recommend going if you can! I believe it’s only on for another week! The next play of the summer will be “The Bacchae” when “Twelfth Night” ends and later this fall Shakespeare’s “Othello” (with possibly Phillip Seymour Hoffman starring in it) will be put on at one of the PUBLIC theater’s other locations (Othello’s tickets may not be free however). Can’t wait!
(image by: vivien chin)
While in Central Park today, I remembered that “Shakespeare in the Park” is starting up again in June. Excited because Anne Hathaway is in the cast this year performing as Viola from “Twelfth Night”. Other famous stars who have performed there in the past include, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, and Christopher Walken, to name a few.
The free performances are at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free tickets are given out there at 1pm on the day of every performance. People wait as early as 6am for the tickets since they go fast. That’s kind of hard core, but then again the tickets are free. I’ll have to make sure to go this year because I still haven’t been yet since moving to NYC. “Twelfth Night” runs from June 10-July 12, 2009.