Anonymous asked: About the socializing part: I'm only 20, so is that gonna be awkward since I'll be standing there waiting for cast members as opposed to being able to get a drink?
Hmm… I can’t really speak for you as to what will be awkward.
Grab yourself a Shirley Temple with extra cherries, strike up a conversation with one of the other folks standing around talking about the show, and go from there.
But if you are just standing and waiting for the cast, yeah, it might be kinda awkward.
I believe Diet Coke is the drink of choice for such occasions.
Anonymous asked: The cast and crew are horrendously underpaid, and if they complain many just end up fired. There is also a terrible discrepancy in the pay scale, which makes the situation even worse. The black masks do get a small amount , but what the article is mentioning are the free interns, which are different. The show has a horrible reputation for exploiting their performers and crew, and threatening them or firing them when they speak up.
I will say that I’m surprised the first article about labor issues at Sleep No More is about the unpaid internships, and not about health and safety concerns, but I’m sure the NDAs cover that area even more thoroughly. But unpaid internships are (perhaps I should say “finally”) a contentious issue right now, and like a lot of other people have noted, something both commonplace in many industries, and indicative of more generalized attitudes about work and experience in America. It’s hardly Sleep No More’s unique fault to have such a program. Intimidation of and reprisal against people who express concern about such things is also exceedingly common (and unlike in many countries, there is limited legal apparatus here to protect such employees).
Some of you know I spent the last decade of my life working in the labor movement, and my involvement in organizing underpaid intellectual and cultural workers is what segued me out of academe and into professional activism, so, obviously a lot of these concerns and criticisms really resonate with me. And while I am privy to some knowledge of what goes on inside the show, I admit to not having the full picture, or all the accounting, so accordingly, I want to speak carefully about the subject.
As for my own opinions: shows with big capital can actually afford to pay people respectably (performers, crew, and yes, even interns). It would arguably support the arts much more broadly if they actually did so. Obviously not every show can do this (Then She Fell, how does that even work with their limited revenue?) but some can. Does it impact the margins? Sure. I have such high esteem for Sleep No More that in my deeply idealistic heart I’d like to believe it is such a show, but that conflicts with the stories I hear from inside. Yes, people know what they’re getting into when they sign up, but that’s never made it right. There is massive stigma on (and often contractual prevention of) talking about how much one makes in this country, and that’s for a reason. The union I used to work for rather famously shattered that silence in a powerful way in the early 80s during an organizing drive among secretaries, who responded to the inequities and the opacity of their salary structure which those conversations ultimately revealed not with envy but with a profound solidarity. My feeling has always been that unpaid work exacts its toll elsewhere in the form of sapped opportunity and other lost productivities. So I welcome discussion of unpaid internships as a whole, but particularly at venues which are known to be financially successful.
Though offered no pay, smash hit “Sleep No More” interns are asked to work six shows per week and ensure the safety of the audience and performers.
I’d be more bothered by this did I not know the performers themselves receive compensation lower than they deserve. Moreover, the black mask position has always been touted as a volunteer gig. Is this merely a matter of semantics?
Anonymous asked: Welcome back Mr. The Snake, we're glad you have resurrected!
Thanks! I don’t know the full extent of this resurrection yet. Here’s what happened:
- We had a very sudden, very unexpected death in the family. We are all pretty shaken up still and I am focused on trying to help out.
- Stress from my job search was leaking out into my conduct here.
- Annoyances from here were leaking out into my real life.
I wrote a couple longer things about “concluding” Scorched and they all felt really wrong, so this suggested to me that maybe it’s better to hold off until the storms have passed. Unfortunately, there are a lot of storms at the moment. I hope folks seeking current reports from the show will make use of the recaps and commentary on the tumblrs I mentioned yesterday and elsewhere, but folks should feel welcome to send questions in again if they like.
Anonymous asked: WHAT IS YOUR NIGHTMARE CAST
The Full House cast reunion.
Anonymous asked: What is the best way to get a 1:1 especially if you are a bit slower than a younger crowd? I feel the first time I went I was a bit to eager, thinking about it, and maybe missed things.
I’ve always found attention to be the most valuable currency in the hotel. That doesn’t guarantee anything, of course.
Anonymous asked: Where are people supposed to get actual information about Sleep No More from now that you don't update this as frequently? I track the tag but it's essentially just a circle-jerk.
Not sure what qualifies as “actual information” but I don’t count myself as a good resource for intelligence in the vein of who-plays-what and hows-it-all-going since I can’t presently afford to see the show.
Anonymous asked: Do you personally know any of the cast members? That is, have they become friendly with you (not necessarily friends per say, but say acquaintances) on account that you've seen the show too many times?
Uhh, yes, to varying degrees, to various parts of this question.
Anonymous asked: Where are the places that the ring was?
I’m presently aware of five different places the ring has been found. All of them are located inside the McKittrick Hotel.
*edit. At one point it was in the Miami International Airport, but that was a one-off.
Anonymous asked: Was the taxidermy turkey just an experiment in the props department to see what stupid thing fans would obsess over next or what?
Possibly. They put a ferret in the office too and I can’t help but think it was put there to troll me.