Sleep No More (2009 play)

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For the 2003 and 2011 productions, see Punchdrunk and Sleep No More (2011 theatrical production).
Sleep No More
Written by Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, with the Company
Characters

Duncan, Malcolm, Macbeth, Banquo, Macduff, Porter,
Lady Macbeth,
Lady Macduff,
Male Witch,
Two Female Witches,
Hecate,
The Second Mrs. de Winter,
Mrs. Danvers,
Bellhop/Taxidermist.
Speakeasy Bartender,
Man in Bar,
Annie Darcy,
Elsie Price,

The Annie Darcy Band
Mute most of the characters
Date premiered October 8, 2009 (2009-10-08)
Place premiered Old Lincoln School, Brookline, Massachusetts
 United States
Original language English
Series

The Donkey Show,

Best of Both Worlds
Setting

Scotland,

Manderley manor
Official site

Sleep No More is an immersive theatre production created by British theatre company Punchdrunk. Based on Punchdrunk's original 2003 London production, the company reinvented Sleep No More in a co-production with the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.), which opened at the Old Lincoln School in Brookline, Massachusetts on October 8, 2009.[1] It won Punchdrunk the Elliot Norton Theatre Award for Best Theatrical Experience 2010.[citation needed]

Overview[edit]

The production was a new and expanded version[citation needed] of Punchdrunk's 2003 production of the same name which was performed in the Beaufoy Building, London, a disused Victorian school.[2] Unlike a conventional stage play, Sleep No More is an immersive experience in which audiences are free to explore the world of the performance at will. It combined plot and characters of Shakespeare's Macbeth with characters, narrative, and aesthetic elements inspired by the films of Hitchcock, in particular Rebecca, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by English author Daphne du Maurier.[3]

Relationship to Macbeth[edit]

Assistant director Paul Stacey says that "every line of Shakespeare's Macbeth is embedded in the multiple languages—sound, light, design, and dance—of Sleep No More."[4]

Characters[edit]

There were 18 characters in the 2009 production of Sleep No More, most of them taken directly from Shakespeare's Scottish tragedy, Macbeth.[4]

Immersion of audience[edit]

Audience members are invited to explore the world of the production in their own time, choosing for themselves what to watch and where to go.[5]

Unlike a conventional play, in which all audience members share the experience of witnessing the same events on the same stage, Sleep No More provides the audience with a more fragmented,[citation needed], multi-layered and individualized experience. As directors Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle say in the program notes, "exploring the space individually, the audience is given the opportunity to both act in and direct their own film; to revisit, to edit and to indulge themselves as voyeurs."[4]

Absence of dialogue[edit]

Though the plot is driven forward by events and interactions, Punchdrunk has developed a unique physical performance language in which there is almost no speaking by the performers. In describing Sleep No More, the directors write that "Screen dialogues become intense physical duets between characters and the body becomes the site of debate. Spoken words rarely find their way into our world; we are excited by the human body as a primary source of emotive storytelling."[4]

Old Lincoln School[edit]

The venue for Sleep No More was the surplus[6] Old Lincoln School[7][8][9][10] at 194 Boylston Street (Route 9) in Brookline, Massachusetts. The complex and overlapping subplots unfolded across 44 rooms on all four stories of the school building.[11]

Credits[12][edit]

Sleep No More is directed and devised by Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, with the company.

  • Felix Barrett....Director and Designer
  • Maxine Doyle....Director and Choreographer
  • Stephen Dobbie....Sound and Graphic Designer
  • Livi Vaughan....Associate Designer
  • Beatrice Minns....Associate Designer
  • David Israel Reynoso....Costumer (Costume Designer)
  • Mikhael Tara Garver....Staff Director
  • Paul Stacey....Assistant Director
  • Carolyn Rae Boyd....Stage Manager

Cast (October 8 - November 8)[edit]

  • Phil Atkins as Duncan
  • Hector Harkness as Malcolm
  • Geir Hytten as Macbeth
  • Vinicius Salles as Banquo
  • Robert McNeill as Macduff
  • Thomas Kee as Porter
  • Sarah Dowling as Lady Macbeth
  • Alli Ross as Lady Macduff
  • Conor Doyle as Witch
  • Stephanie Eaton as Witch
  • Fernanda Prata as Witch
  • Careena Melia as Hecate
  • Poornima Kirby as The Second Mrs. de Winter
  • Tori Sparks as Mrs. Danvers
  • Alexander LaFrance as Bellhop/Taxidermist
  • Sogdiana Azhiben as Speakeasy Bartender
  • Annie Goodchild as Annie Darcy
  • Hayley Jane Soggin as Elsie Price
  • Robert Najarian as Man in Bar

Cast (from November 10)[edit]

  • Phil Atkins as Duncan
  • Robert Najarian as Malcolm
  • Eric Jackson-Bradley as Macbeth
  • Jeffery Lyon as Banquo
  • Luke Murphy as Macduff
  • Thomas Kee as Porter
  • Tori Sparks as Lady Macbeth
  • Alli Ross as Lady Macduff
  • Jordan Morley as Witch
  • Stephanie Eaton as Witch
  • Kelly Bartnik as Witch
  • Careena Melia as Hecate
  • Poornima Kirby as The Second Mrs. de Winter
  • Hope T. Davis as Mrs. Danvers
  • Alexander LaFrance as Bellhop/Taxidermist
  • Sogdiana Azhiben as Speakeasy Bartender
  • Annie Goodchild as Annie Darcy
  • Hayley Jane Soggin as Elsie Price
  • Matt Spano as Charlie, Man in Bar

The Annie Darcy Band[edit]

  • Bass/Sax....Timo Shanko
  • Drums....Django Carranza
  • Piano....Rusty Scott

Sleep No More and the ART[edit]

Sleep No More was presented as part of the ART's Shakespeare Exploded! festival, which included The Donkey Show,[13] a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Best of Both Worlds, an R&B/gospel musical inspired by The Winter's Tale.[13]

Production dates[edit]

Though the production was to run from October 8, 2009 to January 3, 2010, the run was extended through February 7, 2010.[12] The extended run sold out. Sleep No More won Punchdrunk the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Theatrical Experience 2010.[citation needed]

Reviews[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff reports (October 8, 2009). "Massive theater production opens in Brookline tonight". Brookline Tab. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Punchdrunk website - Sleep No More". punchdrunk. 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  3. ^ Helen Cooper. "Theater as Experience: London Company brings unique presentation to Boston". Encore magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  4. ^ a b c d Stacey, Paul (November 2009). Very Superstitious (in Sleep No More Program notes). Encore magazine. 
  5. ^ Anderman, Joan (October 4, 2009). "Mystery theater: British troupe Punchdrunk teams with the ART to explode theatergoers' expectations". The Boston Globe (Boston). p. 3. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ Town of Brookline Massachusetts Parks and Open Space Division (2/1/05). "William H. Lincoln School Playground (Old)". Retrieved 1/11/10.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ Simpson, Neal (May 14, 2009). "London theater wants to rent out Brookline's Old Lincoln School for elaborate production". Brookline Tab. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ Ackerman, Meghann (June 18, 2009). "Brookline schools considering theater company proposal". Brookline Tab. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ Ackerman, Meghann (June 26, 2009). "Brookline's Old Lincoln to become temporary theater". Brookline Tab. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ Simpson, Neal (August 25, 2009). "Theater company scavenges for Brookline's castoffs to complete offbeat production". Brookline Tab. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  11. ^ Helen Shaw (2009-12-18). "Review: Punchdrunk's Sleep No More". Time Out New York. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  12. ^ a b "ART website - Sleep No More". ART. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  13. ^ a b "Best of Both Worlds". American Repertory Theater. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 

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