Audience Member Suing SLEEP NO MORE After Being Knocked Unconcious
Punchdrunk's long-running immersive theatre production of SLEEP NO MORE, where masked audience members follow performers as they explore their macabre surroundings at the McKittrick Hotel on West 27th Street, is a show where patrons can get up close and personal with the cast.
However, one audience member, Kerry Miller, says a cast member got too close. The New York Post reports she has filed a law suit with the Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming that while watching a fight scene, she "was violently kicked in the head by the actor being swung around and was knocked unconscious."
A legendary hotel. Shakespeare's fallen hero. A film noir shadow of suspense. Punchdrunk's Sleep No More is an award-winning theatrical experience that tells Shakespeare's classic tragedy Macbeth through a darkly cinematic lens. Audiences move freely through the epic world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see, ensuring that everyone's journey is different and unique. No one under sixteen will be permitted.SLEEP MO MORE is set in a building with five floors of theatrical action, putatively called the McKittrick Hotel, though with many rooms and features not normally associated with hotels, including those which resemble an antiquated lunatic asylum, doctor's offices, children's bedrooms, a cemetery, indoor courtyards, shops, a padded cell, a ballroom, taxidermist's menageries, and so on. The actors and their environment all adopt the dress, decor, and aesthetic style of the early 20th century, inspired by the shadowy and anxious atmosphere of film noir. The production "leads its audience on a merry, macabre chase up and down stairs, and through minimally illuminated, furniture-cluttered rooms and corridors." Audience members begin their journey in a fully operational lounge, the Manderley Bar, from which they enter an elevator that transports them to the major floors of the "hotel."
Photo of Matthew Oaks and Audience Members: Yaniv-Schulman