Sketching to record my impressions of a scene from last night’s visit to Sleep No More. The physical similarities between the actresses who filled these roles at the 10pm performance added a wonderful sense of dualism to these final moments. Hopefully I’ve caught a bit of that here.
(Please take this post in the playful tone in which it’s intended. I really do love reading about everyone’s experiences at the show.)
Calling upon EVERY RECAP ABOUT THIS TIME to write a sequel to the brilliant recap template that was created a few years ago. We need one that people can…
Yeah I don’t know that anyone wants to know what I think a prototypical recap contains these days, I don’t know if anyone would find it as amusing as that old one was. I’d try, honest I would! I just don’t think I’m all that funny all that often.
But seriously though. Some of my recent visits have had brilliant audiences. Some have been terrible. Nothing beats the Parker Party night, though, so it’s really just shades of gray. Like most things in New York City, there’s only so much that’s under your own control, and so much you can do to keep the dumb choices of others from getting in your way. If it’s bothersome, folks should probably continue to say so; but if it’s actually *ruining* it for you, well, take a break probably. The audience is, for better and worse, part of what we sign up for in live theater. When it gets bad these days I usually just go to the bar and talk with WIB/MIB. They have perspective and cheer me right up.
When this topic comes up I like to remember that Scorched the Snake was originally called “Down with Sleep No Morons” and was going to be dedicated to telling off people who sucked at being in the audience. But that wasn’t very fun ultimately and wouldn’t have lasted in excess of three years. There was a good stretch in there where I felt like I could take the condition of the audience into my own hands and I think those were probably the worst times of my enthusiasm for the show and I definitely became part of the problem myself. I guess ultimately I figured if I had so much spare attention for audience quibbles, that suggested maybe I wasn’t as enraptured by the show I was seeing as I liked to tell myself I was.
Meanwhile on the 2nd Floor
So, last trip, the crowds were horrible. Tons of people, poorly behaved. Rather than straight up complain about them on Tumblr, I decided to put my feelings into badly drawn cartoon form. (Also, one prop nitpick, since I’m a props person.)
Paul is the only actor I’ve seen that is completely believable in the telephone booth dance from beginning to end. With every other performer there is at least a small part of that dance that reminds me it’s choreography. But not Paul. Every movement felt organic and in the moment, as did the rest of his loop. I didn’t understand everything he did, and I enjoyed that confusion and sense of wonder. Quite a bit of the loop felt like the Porter was on the edge of sanity.
Oh my darlings… thank you for a fun few days. To celebrate the end of the flash sale, here, in all her glory, is Hecate eating Frusen Gladje and communicating telepathically with dolphins.
It’s been a pretty great summer.
Made with Paper.
This is, frankly, everything.
School’s starting up again in about a week so I have a little time on my hands and a lot of art supplies to buy, so I’m opening up a round of $10 commissions! Requests can be Sleep No More-related or otherwise (I’ve had people request some great non-SNM portraits for their significant other in the past).
Flash sale ends on Friday at midnight! Comment on this post or send me a message before then. 24 hour turnaround time.
Finally, a video where I can’t say “god what this really needs is more brilliant gingers.”
Austin Goodwin and Ryan VanCompernolle, movement director Paul Zivkovich
laindh said: I did a double on Aug 29th (Fri) and wonder is there a way to track down the cast that night? I got my first 1:1 with the Porter so desperately want to know who he was. P.S. in the 2nd I assume it was Miguel Anaya played the role.
The only way to do that really is to post this and see if anyone else from Tumblr was there for that show and can recount the cast, unfortunately.
If you aren’t finding your Porter in the cast gallery, chances are decent that it was Conor Doyle.