80 times and counting.
Will Seefried is an actor in the graduate acting program at NYU/Tisch.
Well, THIS is certainly exciting news!
If you are new to SNM since last year, you must (I repeat, you MUST) make a point of seeing him during this limited run. I’m assuming he’ll be back as the Porter.
Asked by ninjaconsultant
Parody at it’s best.
Asked by Anonymous
Imagine each floor in the McKittrick hotel being approximately 3 - 4 times as large. That’s how big the space was at TDM. Some (including Felix Barrett himself) have said that they thought the show was “too big,” though I suspect they mean that there was just too much story to tell and too many characters to be abel to make sense of it all. I can’t argue with that, although as someone who has demonstrated that I’m just crazy enough to keep going back time and time again when all reason says that I can’t really afford it, I really enjoy committing multiple visits to piece it all together and peal back the layers.
I know that the space is probably one of the most important factors, if not THE most important, when they decide what shows to mount and where. The cost of real estate has to be a huge issue, especially in NY. I know there are plenty of empty warehouses in NYC, but finding one in a neighborhood that would support such an endeavor has to be considered as well. I mean, I would be hard pressed to go to Staten Island, even for a Punchdrunk show. Access is important.
I suppose (although we do not speak of this) an option might be to transfer SNM to the west coast and open a new show here, since they have a tried and true audience of people who are eager to see what they come up with next. I don’t know that the McKittrick space could support TDM though without major cuts, so perhaps a new production altogether. Faust, anybody?
It would be fun to be able to say I saw the Superior NYC production of SLEEP NO MORE.
We went to Happy Hour at The Heath on my second trip into the hotel. They gathered us for first entrance and two actors took us into the hotel from the top floor staircase to a lower floor (3, I believe). One ceiling in the staircase was made of black umbrellas which was cool looking…the rest of the stairwell was painted in blood red even on the windows which, while the sun was hitting them, looked creepy. There were no 1:1’s and I, too, prefer the maze experience while entering The Manderlay. We did not get to see The Manderlay until mid-show or at the end. The place where they check coats/bags is fully themed as a hotel check-in counter even with bird cages that have paper airplanes in them. Actors meet with you in your gang to be moved into the hotel and introduce themselves to you / mingle while you wait for everyone to gather into a large enough group to enter at first call. There was only about 8-10 of us and we had the card 6. I’ve heard Aces and 6’s are the first two groups let into the show. My experience with both aces and 6’s confirms this. Again, it’s much better entering thru the crazy ass dark as hell maze to enter the Manderlay…it sets the mood for sure.
I took the original question to be about entering from the rooftop (Gallow Green), not the Heath. But, yes. This submission is correct in that they will enter people into the show through the Heath as well. I suspect this is to help minimize the elevator log-jam as much as anything.
It was suggested that attendance was down and I’m sure that observation by vets is accurate (I haven’t seen this AT ALL this Summer - It’s always slammed even on Mondays and Tuesdays but it is tourist season). However, a positive bit of news….an early 2014 Forbes article comments that SNM is the most expensive off-broadway production in NYC’s history at the cost of $10M simply to get started. The article also comments that 2013 attendance was the highest in the show’s “recent” history…much higher than 2012. There are no figures on 2014, but hell, every show I’ve been to after only discovering SNM on July 4th, 2014 has been sold out or damn close to sold out…I’ve gone to two Monday night shows and one Friday. I even got blocked from one show 4 days prior as it sold out so had to bump my show to another night. I would like to experience the space several times more before the year ends so I’m hoping attendance at both the show and dining / lounge stays steady enough to justify them keeping it open but, yes, a silver lining in the show ending would be The Drowned Man or a new original production from Punchdrunk coming to the states. I can’t help but pray to the Gods that The Drowned Man shows up in LA as that would simply be awesome. Unfortunately, the LA theater scene is full of fickle bastards. I’ve seen almost every Cirque show on Earth having crossed into more exotic places such as Macao, Tokyo, etc to see their productions and one of my top 3 favorite shows was called Iris which was put on in the former LA based Kodak theater on Hollywood Blvd (Now The Dolby Theater) with a soundtrack done by Danny Elfman. That show was shut down in less than a year when they established the show to be a permanent fixture in LA at The Dolby. It was a hugely expensive show to establish it as a permanent spectacle and then ended up not selling out every night for the first year. That sealed it’s fate. People complained about high ticket prices and then the locals didn’t want to see it as the location is a total whore to get to. Most locals won’t get near that eff’ing Hollywood Blvd tourist trap for any reason and, to be honest, I can’t stand the area either. However, the theater is still, undeniably, one of the most impressive modern theaters in the USA. Such a shame because Iris was one of the few Cirque shows that moved me to tears other than my first viewing of O in Vegas back in the day when there were only 3 Cirque shows resident in the USA. Iris was, literally, one of Cirque’s best newer productions alongside with Zed and Zaia (former residents at Tokyo and Venetian Macao respectively). However, all 3 of my favs have closed which may speak to my particular tastes which I will boast happen to go against the grain of the tourist hoards even though I am a fan of Cirque which panders to the tourist hoards - LOL. I’ve only been to NYC 3 times while I travel to every other huge city on Earth for fun (Tokyo / Hong Kong, etc) over and over and I still would hope that Times Square gets imploded. I first passed thru Times Square in a cab and wondered why anyone would be impressed by that jumbled mess full of dolt tourists riding those retarded tour buses. I simply hate sh*t like that and live by the mantra, “Be a traveler NOT a tourist.” When I visit NYC, I look to stay with locals, eat local food in different little neighborhoods both on Manhattan and outside boroughs. I like the unique experiences and SNM insanely hit that mark. That all (exhaustively) said, I think SNM has a good stronghold especially after their move into dining and the lounge but Manhattan real estate isn’t cheap and if the hoards don’t continue and the bills don’t get paid, they will be forced to shutter. I think the show has much life in it and it’s insane success over the years will ensure that Punchdrunk will not remain out of the game and will continue to push down the fourth wall with their productions. Once the Summer travel season ends, attendance in their off-season aside from special events such as Halloween, we should have a good idea of where they stand and how much longer we will be able to check-in to The McKittrick. I, for one, hope it stays open for another 2 years at minimum and people continue to enjoy and discover for the first time the 3 lovely spaces they’ve developed in such a caring and creative manner.
I based my earlier comment about lower attendance based on personal experience of being able to get tickets day-of quite often these days, where last year the show was still solidly sold out a few weeks in advance. Plus the fact that I have personally experienced 1/2 full audiences 2 of my last 5 visits. While it is a pleasure to be in the space on those nights, it does make me wonder if this is the beginning of the thing of which I do not speak.
Frankly, if the rumored “west coast Punchdrunk show” happens, I hope the newly ratified version of the rumor declaring San Francisco as the destination wins out. I despise LA on so many levels, and I <3 SF.
I know my brother Ms. Novak would like to see and LA production since he can get there pretty easily from Phoenix for a weekend, so I would tolerate LA for him.
Asked by Anonymous
Attendance has been down noticeably, especially compared to where it was a year ago.
I was there last night for the late show and it was less than half full. There is certainly a benefit to being there on a night like that, but I worry about what it means in the long run.
Asked by Anonymous
Yes. I was completely lost until i had about 10 trips under my belt.
The maze serves to disorient you and take you out of the real world and “reset” your mind. It seems to be a standard trick for Punchdrunk, at least now. The Drowned Man had a similar maze.