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I heard they lit candles in the Fraggle Room at the McKittrick tonight.  Was anyone there.  Is it true?

Anonymous asked
Does the cast look at us repeat fans of the show as: (a) someone that they would be if they weren't cast themselves, or (b) a little nutty?

Hmmm…   It’s not that easy.

I wouldn’t generalize what “the cast” thinks, as if they are all the same.

That said…

Yes, some of them might be devoted fans of the show if they were not in it.

Yes, they likely think of us as a little nutty.

Some of them think of some of us as a LOT NUTTY.

I definitely know that over time, there are some performers that have been a little dubious of the “super fans.”  But I also know that they appreciate the support, and the enthusiasm.

After the finale in THE DROWNED MAN, several of the characters had “epilogue” 1-1’s which added a nice punctuation at the end of the night.
The 2-1 involved the Production Assistant walking me back to the bar and into a small room where Stanford was sitting waiting for us.
I won’t talk about what happened specifically (there are plenty of other “Spoilers” out there for people who really must know, but I won’t be the one to do it—  I will never write about what happens in a 1-1) but it involved us all doing a shot together, and then Stanford telling me to have another because “you deserve it” and then another just with me and the PA.  It was quite a capper to a pretty amazing night. Earlier in the night I had had a shot with Romola, a shot with the barman, and then a shot with the PA before she walked me down to the finale.  Then she came back for me for the 2-1 walk-out, thus the final three shots.

After the finale in THE DROWNED MAN, several of the characters had “epilogue” 1-1’s which added a nice punctuation at the end of the night.

The 2-1 involved the Production Assistant walking me back to the bar and into a small room where Stanford was sitting waiting for us.

I won’t talk about what happened specifically (there are plenty of other “Spoilers” out there for people who really must know, but I won’t be the one to do it—  I will never write about what happens in a 1-1) but it involved us all doing a shot together, and then Stanford telling me to have another because “you deserve it” and then another just with me and the PA.  It was quite a capper to a pretty amazing night. 

Earlier in the night I had had a shot with Romola, a shot with the barman, and then a shot with the PA before she walked me down to the finale.  Then she came back for me for the 2-1 walk-out, thus the final three shots.

Anonymous asked
We are very late to the snm experience, but GODDAM!!! Last Saturday was my first. After reading The Ring Part 1, I was curious if there was a part 2. I'm curious what Hecate does when she receives her ring.

First, welcome!  Prepare for a long and wonderful trip down the rabbit hole!

The Ring, Part 1 This is the story of when I acquired what I came to call “the decoy” ring.  It is probably my all time favorite night at the McKittrick because it involved a bizarre turn of events that only worked because Careena was in as Matron, Elizabeth was in as Hecate, and they both felt compelled to fuck with me, knowing that I was heavy into the ring quest by this point.  It was so perfectly executed, and almost didn’t work, because I was planning on spending the night following Isadora’s Lady Macbeth (which was a fairly new thing at that point).  It was kind of by accident that I stumbled into a Hecate 1-1 that set it all up.

The Ring, Part 2  This is the night that I went back with great anticipation, thinking that the ring from the previous post was going to be “The ring,’ but it turns out it was not.

THE Ring!  This is the night I actually FINALLY FOUND THE RING.

I’m afraid none of these will tell you exactly what happened when the ring was returned to Hecate.  It is my feeling that that should be a secret that is only shared among the people who completed that task.

I will never tell.

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Note-  My “real” ring is not necessarily the same ring other people found.  I have heard there have been several rings.

deweydjb asked
So. When I was in line I met a woman from England who saw the Drowned man 18 times. She said that the whiskey everywhere was real. Then I noticed whiskey bottles everywhere in the McKittrick. I don't drink..but is this liquid courage real?

I wouldn’t say that ALL the bottles through Temple Studios were real whisky, but there were several places in the show where whisky was served.  And I feel like their whiskey was full strength.  I have suspected that the McKittrick’s whisky is not-to-full-strength.

If one was very lucky, it was possible to receive as many as 5-6 shots in a night at THE DROWNED MAN.  It happened to me one night, and I was LOOPED by the end…  Three WHISKY SHOTS (three different characters), followed by three shots of whatever that vodka shot was in the 2-1 after a walkout.

Anonymous asked
Do you know of any good books/essays on immersive theatre or site-specific theatre?

I know that there are a lot of things out there, but I am not sure of a comprehensive list.  But check out this page on my blog, as I have collected some links to such things here.  It is BY NO MEANS complete, and some of them are not formally journal articles or essays, but I think you will find a good amount of intereting links to keep you entertained for a while.

And while we’re on this—  if anyone has any links they woudl like to share with me, I would love to add them.  Eventually, I’d love to have a section of my blog specific to immersive/site specific theatre, not just Punchdrunk, as I do now.

Anonymous asked
What was your first SNM show like?

I spent the majority of the evening exploring the set in great detail, about half of the evening on the 5th floor.

I was immediately enamored with the experience, and I couldn’t sleep that night.  

It’s all been said before, by people who are much better able to capture that magic in words than I.

Anonymous asked
Do you think the actors knowing who you since you go so often helps you get 1:1s?

Not as much as one might think.  In fact, there are some performers who practically never take “regulars” for 1-1s. And that’s totally fine.

Besides, as a general rule, if I have already had a 1-1 with an actor in a role, I rarely attempt to get them.  That’s not always the case, of course, but usually.

Luckily, there are many actor/character combinations that I haven’t seen that there is no shortage of newness for me to explore.

That said, sure.

Anonymous asked
I've heard that sometimes people will take small props from the set at SNM. Is that something thats super frowned upon? Are there any exceptions?

I find it hard to believe that this is a serious question, but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt:

Yes.  It’s super frowned upon.

If it is given to you, it’s yours to keep.  If not, look but don’t take.

EDIT—  EXCEPT THE CANDY IN PAISLEY SWEETS.  YOU CAN HELP YOURSELF TO THAT.  (Thanks for the reminder, Sagayaga.)

zflexs asked
During my last visit to the McKittrick I spent a loop following the porter, and during that loop he handed me note he had written. I put it in my pocket, not bothering to open it and read what it said because he had put something inside of it and I didn't want it to fall out. When I got home I realized it was addressed to Hecate. Is this something I should have brought to her during the show? And when is an appropriate time to hand something to an actor during a scene?

Yes, you should have taken the note to her.

The trick to delivering a note to a character is to realize that they all have a certain amount of “down time” that is flexible, and other times are very specifically staged/choreographed.  For instance, with Hecate, you would not want to interrupt a scene with another actor, or her dinner or her lip-sync.  If you stand in a place where she can see you clearly and hold the note where she can see it, she will respond if she is able.  DO NOT BE OBNOXIOUS ABOUT IT.  I have seen people on this task between Hecate and the Porter who are intolerable.

I will also point out that your chance passed.  Don’t take it back another show, because the performers do have a certain amount of control over those tasks and the timing.  If you bring one back in, you might screw it up for someone else.