Sprat Theatre to Premiere ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF HENRI SHNUFFLE, 5/16


Sprat Theatre Company will present the world premiere of One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle at Henri Shnuffle's Apartment at the Loomstate/Rogan Showroom on Bond Street. Performances begin May 16, 2013.

Written and directed by Ryan Elisabeth Reid, One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle is an immersive theater experience that depicts the simple life of an elderly man. The audience will enter Henri's apartment, a dilapidated room occupied by little more than old memories and an even older cat. They'll touch his belongings. They'll hear his music. They'll taste his food. As the audience interacts with the performance, Henri's rich history will be slowly unveiled as a harmonious, interrelated whole that broadens the understanding of issues facing Henri Shnuffle and millions of older people like him.

Uniquely design-centric, One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle offers a direct parallel to the experience of real-life older persons - currently representing 12% of the population - exploring time, memory, illness and death.

Set design is by Kelsea Murphy. Interior design is by Carolina Valdes-Lora. Lighting design is by Hilarion Banks. Costume design is by Hyunji Kim. Sound design is by James Jackson. Derek Spaldo is the company manager. Clinton Sosna-Mann is the stage manager.

The cast of One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle will feature James Williams (Hamlet with Austin Pendleton, The Brothers Karamazov at Culture Project, An Unsocial Socialist at Provincetown Playhouse) with Nicolas Cerkez (Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread), Elizabeth Holliday (Brighton Beach Memoirs), Andy Jean Louis (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot) and Kathy Richter (Reckless).

Performances will be held Thursdays through Sundays at 8pm with matinees on Saturdays at 2pm at Henri Shnuffle's Apartment at The Loomstate/Rogan Showroom is located at 54 Bond Street between Bowery and Lafayette Street. General admission tickets ($20) are available by visiting www.SpratTheatreCo.com.

Ryan Elisabeth Reid (Writer/Director) approaches One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle as a writer and designer. She was a costumer designer for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a co-designer of Tim Bavington's sculpture "Pipe Dream" at Smith Center for Performing Arts, and an exhibitor at POOL Tradeshow for her jewelry line Ryan Elisabeth. She was an editor for Plateau, based in Paris and New York, and her writing has been featured in 12th Street Journal. She is a graduate of the BAFA program at Parsons School of Designer (Integrated Design) and Eugene Lang College (Creative Writing).

Dan Swern (Producer) is the co-founder and producing director for CoLAB Arts in New Brunswick, NJ. For CoLAB Arts he has directed the New Brunswick Theater Festival's inaugural production of Romeo and Juliet/Romeo y Julieta and the New Jersey premiere of Ken Urban's I Heart Kant. For the last five years, Dan has produced all CoLAB Arts programming in various disciplines, featuring the new works of emerging artists and theater education. He is currently engaged to direct the Spanish version of the new opera/theater piece, Viva Pablo Neruda, based on the love poems of Pablo Neruda. Dan was the associate producer for PDNYC LLC, presenting the New York premiere of London-based Punchdrunk's Sleep No More, and was the producing associate for the national tour of Gazillion Bubble Show. He is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Sprat Theatre Company (Producer) was founded by writer/director Ryan Elisabeth Reid as a multi-generational group of writers, actors, designers and theatre enthusiasts. Sprat develops integrated theatre performances, where the elements of design are just as important as the text and live performance itself. Sprat focuses on presenting shows that give representation to communities and populations that are generally ignored.

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