By Adam Hetrick
19 Apr 2011
Punchdrunk artistic director Felix Barrett directed and designed the Macbeth-inspired work, which began Manhattan performances March 7 and officially opened to strong reviews April 13 in a commercial space located at 530 West 27th Street, which formerly served as a Chelsea nightclub.
High ticket demand prompted the extension to June 25 and a new pricing scale, which follows: $75 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), $85 (Thursday, and late performances Friday-Saturday), and $95 (regular performances Friday-Saturday).
Premium access tickets ($100 on weeknights and $125 on weekends), available for sold-out performances, are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barrett his team transformed the space 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. The production has co-direction and choreography by Maxin Doyle and sound design by Stephen Dobbie. Design associates are Beatrice Minns and Livi Vaughan.
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.
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. Participants are encouraged 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.
Due to the mysterious nature of the piece, Punchdrunk is not announcing casting for Sleep No More.
Entry times for Sleep No More follow: Monday-Saturday at 7 PM, 7:15 PM, 7:30 PM, 7:45 PM and 8 PM. Late performances on Fridays and Saturdays have entry times at 11 PM, 11:15 PM, 11:30 PM, 11:45 PM and midnight.
For tickets visit SleepNoMoreNYC.