National Theatre of Scotland's Immersive Show THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART Opens Tonight at The McKittrick
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.
This limited holiday engagement officially opens tonight, December 13, at The McKittrick Hotel (542 West 27th Street). Tickets are on sale now through January 8, 2017. For tickets and information, visit strangeundoing.com.
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.
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart unfolds among and around its audience, weaving an ingenious, lyrical and enchanting story told with live music throughout its intimate and supernatural setting.
David Greig, co-creator of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, is a playwright, screenwriter and director. His work for the National Theatre of Scotland also includes Dunsinane, One Day in Spring, Glasgow Girls, Peter Pan, The Bacchae, Futurology: A Global Review and Gobbo. His production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened in the West End in 2013 and his play The Events premiered at the Traverse Theatre, in Edinburgh and toured internationally throughout 2014.
Wils Wilson, co-creator of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, has recently directed Wind Resistance (Edinburgh International Festival), I Want My Hat Back, a musical show for families (National Theatre, London),Gastronauts (Royal Court), an edible performance exploring our complex relationship with food, Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre Wales) a theatre event/gig created with electro-pop duo Neon Neon, and Anon (WNO), a new opera by Errollyn Wallen. Her work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Gobbo, co-created with David Greig, Ignition and Home Shetland.
Composer Alasdair Macrae studied theatre arts at Langside College, Glasgow. His previous acting work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes The Strange Undoing of PrudenciaHart, Calum's Road, Tall Tales for Small People, Peter Pan, Peeping at Bosch, Gobbo and HOME Caithness. He was also a performer, musician and musical director for The James Plays in 2014. He is currently touring in Dundee Rep's The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil. As a music director, Sound Designer and composer, his recent work includes The Bloody Great Border Ballad Project, Anna Karenina, The Sleeping Beauty, The Bookie, The Government Inspector, Little Red Riding Hood (Arches, Glasgow), The Beggar's Opera, Subway, Interiors and Tam O'Shanter. He won the Critics' Award for Theatre in Scotland for The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Subway and The Government Inspector, and has also won a Herald Angel Award and two Fringe First Awards.
The McKittrick Hotel, curated by the NYC-based producing team Emursive, is home to the immersive theater spectacle Sleep No More, the rooftop bar and oasis Gallow Green, the jazz-infused nightclub Manderley Bar, the winter rooftop hideaway The Lodge, and the fine-dining restaurant and concert space The Heath. For more info, visit www.mckittrickhotel.com.
Jonathan Hochwald, Arthur Karpati and Randy Weiner formed Emursive in 2010 to create immersive experiences in extraordinary places. Emursive's first ever production is Sleep No More, Punchdrunk's New York debut at The McKittrick Hotel, and the most monumental immersive installation ever presented in New York.
The National Theatre of Scotland is dedicated to playing the great stages, arts centres, village halls, schools and site-specific locations of Scotland, the UK and internationally. Creating ground-breaking productions by its talented theatre-makers, the National Theatre of Scotland also produces significant community engagement projects, innovates digitally and works constantly to develop new talent. Notable productions include Black Watchby Gregory Burke which won four Laurence Olivier Awards amongst a multitude of awards; the award-winning landmark historical trilogy The James Plays by Rona Munro; a radical reimagining of Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, presented in Glasgow and at the Lincoln Center Festival and subsequently, Broadway; and Let The Right One In, adapted by Jack Thorne from John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel and screenplay, which won the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award for theatre. Its recent production of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour tours to Melbourne in October 2016 and has recently played to rave reviews and sold-out houses at the National Theatre in London. The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government. www.nationaltheatrescotland.com
A note: Performances of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart at The McKittrick Hotel will perform concurrently, and separately from, the venue's resident production of Sleep No More, which continues its regular seven-days-a-week performance schedule.