Last night I dropped by Manderley for a drink with a Scorched reader in from out of town. I hadn’t been in several months. There are still familiar friendly faces, and I was so glad to see them. Lulu took care of me at the bar; I had a Paul’s Drink for old times’ sake. Heathens played two of my favorite songs, The Knife’s Heartbeats and Björk’s Unravel. It felt so good to be home again.
Three years ago today I set foot in that space for the first time. Mind blowing, life changing, heart rending, all of that was as yet still to come. It has changed so much in those three years, but it is still enchanted, and now full of precious memories for which I am enormously grateful.
Congratulations on your long, wonderous run, Sleep No More NYC.
nagler asked: As someone who's seen both TDM and read Woyzeck (neither of which I've done), would you recommend the opera? It's at the Met this month and it's only an hour and a half with no intermission.
Yes, but only because I like Alban Berg. I don’t know that there’s necessarily a ton of appeal in it that crosses over with enjoyment of Sleep No More. That said, it’s a very good, challenging little opera.
From reader Melania:
I fell so in love with SNM my first time (with no 1on1s) that I went back a week later to the McKittrick by myself.
My second round I managed to get the Banquo (EAM) 1:1, the Porter (Ben Thys) 1:1, the Malcom (J. Lyons) egg/feather 1:1, and the Boy Witch (Tony B) 1:1. I can only imagine how much people despised me.
I really fell HARD for Banquo’s character, though. EAM almost brought me to tears with his monologue. However I was shocked when, at the end of the performance, he chose to lead me back to the Manderley and give me a kiss. Have you heard other stories of actors choosing the same person twice for special interactions? He made the night really special for me.
Yes, that will happen sometimes, and it really can boost the emotional intensity of the whole experience, to have a kind of elliptical structure. For quite a few of my visits, I deliberately returned to whichever character I had spent the first loop with, particularly with the Porter. Commonality at start and end heighten the sense of a shared journey.
Of course, sometimes performers will deliberately avoid this, spreading their attention around to more individuals. It’s entirely up to them. Some nights it’s just as rewarding for a performer to go on a journey with an audience member as it is for the audience.
Enjoy a literal bevy of your Sleep No More favorites in Ten Lil’ Indians' “And Then There Were None.”
Anonymous asked: Would you rather be murdered by Paul Zivkovich's Macbeth or by Paul Zivkovich's William
William only kills one person, and the dunes are nicer than the cardboardy confines of the speakeasy, so I’d go with strangled by William instead of a brick to the head.
I have not posted here in a long, long time, but I have quite been looking forward to posting these photographs. My better half and I could not resist the temptation of including something of our favorite Hotel into our nuptial festivities, and this is the result. We also spent our last night as bachelor and bachelorette at The McKittrick, along with the eligible members of our bridal party. It was delightful. We hope our pictures make you smile.
Anonymous asked: What do you think of the new SNM website?
It’s gorgeous. They got three years out of the old one so it’s nice to see the update. Nice handy mobile-friendly version of it too (without all the bells and whistles).
Downside: I don’t see one of my early salivating tweets about the show sandwiched between Olivia Wilde and Neil Patrick Harris anymore, so, that’s a bummer.
Anonymous asked: What % of the cast is different between shows on nights when there are two performances? Also, is there a replacement for Annabella? With ALS gone and no more 6th floor 1:1 is there still a good reason to hit the bar during the show?
My understanding (circa summer 2013) is that a performer can only get one double per week and gets the following day off if they do it, so there’s usually quite a few different faces between the early and late shows; I don’t know if that applies to swings, though.
I know that Debra Zalkind had occasionally appeared as a fortune-teller named Imogen but I don’t know if she’s done that recently, and never saw it firsthand so I can’t say how much like Annabella the part was. The allure of Manderley during the show has always been primarily the various Mans and Womans in Bar and their respective charms (Leopold on the piano, Calloway telling you about the dungeon, everything about Violet, etc.) but beyond that, no, no extracurricular marginalia of note at this point.
Anonymous asked: How does dining work at The Heath before the show? If I have the first entry time, should I be worried about my timing at dinner? Do I have to go back down and line up? I've read mixed things about the Gallows Green service in relation to seeing the show, so I'm curious if that's changed at all...
I haven’t done it myself but I know this has long been the concern about dining and doing the show - it’s a challenge to get in right at the start. I imagine others have done this recently and can chime in on timing issues. I’d guess a 7pm entry would be hard to make.