"I think we've lost the ability to just be human with each other...and we've lost a way of even talking about what's going on in our country that needs fixing as a collective body. And so that's part of the reason why I think this kind of work is still important." — Leigh Fondakowski
This week’s weekly roundup focuses on immersive works throughout NYC, but with an international flavor. The National Theater of Scotland is over at “Sleep No More” with “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,” which just got extended. Anna Kohler offers a sensory experience at Abrons Arts. And the Irish Rep serves up a dinner with James Joyce’s “The Dead, 1904.”
A reminder that the weekly roundup isn’t an endorsement, as we’ve not personally seen everything. It’s our way of keeping you in the loop.
Conceived and performed by legendary downtown theater maker Anna Kohler, directed by Caleb Hammond, and featuring renowned performance artist Hapi Phace, MYTHO? immerses the audience in a unique sensory experience with aromas, three dimensional sound by Almeda Beynon and media projection by Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty.
The McKittrick Hotel, home of the immersive theater spectacle “Sleep No More,” presents the New York premiere of The National Theatre of Scotland’s “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,” a transporting, music-filled folk theater fable, created by writer David Greig and director Wils Wilson, with design by Georgia McGuinness, movement by Janice Parker and musical direction by Alasdair Macrae.
The McKittrick Hotel’s bar and music venue, The Heath, has been transformed into a high-spirited Scottish pub for the occasion, a unique and perfect setting for The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, featuring a full Scottish cast from the National Theatre of Scotland: Annie Grace, Melody Grove, Peter Hannah, Alasdair Macrae and Paul McCole.
James Joyce’s novella, “The Dead,” describes a holiday gathering on January 6, 1904, the Feast of the Epiphany, in the Dublin home of two elderly sisters, Kate and Julia Morkan, and their niece, Mary Jane. At the party are students, friends, a celebrated tenor, a lost alcoholic, and the couple, Gabriel and Gretta Conroy. Over the course of an evening, there are conversations, music, dancing and dining. There are speeches and disagreements – polite and impolite – and when it is all over Gabriel learns something about his wife that changes his sense of who she is and who they are to each other, of what it actually means to be alive, and to be dead.
“The Dead, 1904” is a new adaptation in which an audience of 40 guests will themselves attend the Misses Morkan’s holiday party, move from room to room with the actors, listen to the music, watch the dances, dine on a meal inspired by the menu in the novella, and observe the characters in their interactions. The production will take place in an authentic Victorian mansion, perfectly evoking the atmosphere of the story.