Sleep No More

This post us going to be more like a game of Clue (a childhood favorite of mine). The reason for that is because I hate “spoilers”, and the production “Sleep No More” is too amazing to spoil for anyone.

Sleep No More Card

If you need convincing I will say this: attending the Sleep No More  production one of my favorite things I’ve ever experienced in NYC. When I walked out of the McKittrick Hotel I knew it was time to add the category “I Love NY” to my blog. I’ve been going to Manhattan since birth, yet I am still amazed by how often I enjoy new and unique NYC experiences. Even though this play/ show technically originated in Boston, and is produced by a British theatre company, all I could think was “It’s sooo NY”!

Punchdrunk card

Sleep No More is put on by the British theatre company, Punchdrunk, who specialize in "immersive" presentations

A few things I will reveal, Sleep No More will pull you into various slivers of dramatic, active, performance art… Many are very “juicy” scenes that are not for the slight of heart. If it becomes too much for you, you may opt out and join the fun in the McKittrick cabaret style lounge. Since the story is based loosely on the story of Macbeth you can expect a sexy, live action thriller filled with intrigue and mystery.

The art and set direction and attention to detail is stunning… Pick up that scribbled note left on the floor next to an empty bathtub, open the drawer to a desk in an empty bedroom, peer thru the window into a dark office where a man is pecking away at a typewriter…

Sleep No More hand bound book

I couldn't resist buying this beautiful hand bound book as a souvenir since it reminded me of the fabulous props and set styling

You are warned to wear comfortable shoes and you will be required to check all bags and your coat. They recommend you separate from your date or group and ask you not to hold hands if you do not separate… All suggestions I initially scoffed at until I found myself literally running up a flight of the hotel stairs, down a pitch dark hallway to follow the action just moments after I was alone in a hallway, opening a creaky room door left ajar that contained a coffin (an open coffin)…

Talking is not allowed so the advice to separate from your date or your friends is so you can really get lost in the scenes and enjoy your own unique experience… Afterwards, meet up in their fabulous lounge-y bar to enjoy a fabulous live band, shots of Absinthe  (they also have a full bar) and share your version of events. We compared notes all night!

Sleep no more masks
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’d highly recommend tickets to this show as a unique and sexy “hot date” that’s an appropriate gift to give to your sweetie or just to yourself. If you are traveling to NYC in the near future, check to see if this production is still running as its been extended several times.

MACBETH 
Methought I heard a voice cry ‘Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep’, the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast,–

LADY MACBETH 
What do you mean?

…I can hardly wait to go back!  Xo Dani