By Adam Hetrick
13 Apr 2011
An empty commercial space located at 530 West 27th Street, which formerly served as a Chelsea nightclub, has been transformed into the chic McKittrick Hotel (also a Victorian-style location made famous in the Hitchcock film "Vertigo"), which provides the setting to Sleep No More. Performances began March 7, and tickets are currently on sale through May 14.
The film noir-inspired Sleep No More takes a non-linear approach to its storytelling, allowing theatregoers to freely explore the dark environment, where scenes, tableaux and scenarios play out, conjuring the world and themes of Shakespeare's bloody tale. Audiences members don masks and must be silent during the experience, which encourages participants to open drawers, pull back curtains, read private notes and journals as they navigate the shadowy, music-filled world.
Known for turning found spaces into unique environments for its works, Punchdrunk previously staged Sleep No More at The Old Lincoln School in Brookline Village, MA, for the American Repertory Theater in late 2009.
Punchdrunk artistic director Felix Barrett directs and designs the production, which has co-direction and choreography by Maxin Doyle and sound design by Stephen Dobbie. Design associates are Beatrice Minns and Livi Vaughan.
Due to the mysterious nature of the piece, Punchdrunk is not announcing casting for Sleep No More.
The New York debut of Sleep No More is presented by Emursive's Randy Weiner (The Donkey Show), Arthur Karpati and Jonathan Hochwald, in association with Rebecca Gold Productions.
Tickets, priced $75, are available by visiting SleepNoMoreNYC.