- Publicity photo of “Sleep No More”
courtesy Yaniv Shulman
If any of you live in or around NYC, or will be visiting anytime between now and the end of the Summer, I highly recommend that you check out Sleep No More. It’s a completely interactive immursive theatrical experience – better than any virtual open world video game you could imagine. A huge warehouse, with multiple floors, all available for you to explore and discover. All of the audience members wear masks and are directed not to speak. The performers are scattered throughout on all of the floors, each as a different character, with their own story that is intertwined in different moments with other characters story’s. You can choose to follow performers or not, choose to open drawers and explore or not. Complete free will. You forget that you are attending a piece of theater, and become part of the experience. The attention to detail with the props and design of all of the room is just stunning, and the soundscape throughout is one of the things that really makes you feel like you are in a whole other world. The performers are amazing dancers, with movement being key throughout. Loosely based on shakespeare’s Macbeth, with some Hitchcock thrown in as well, I couldn’t recommend this enough. I’ve been twice now, and both times were just amazing.
After a bit of a much needed break, I’m slowly making my way back into the gaming world.
Sometimes life happens and you can’t play as much as you’d like. Mind you, I still found time to have fun and play some games here and there, but my ability to play games in such a concentrated manner and then report on them has been quite limited over the last year. I’ve been busy building and creating puppets for my puppet company, and also pursuing more opportunities within puppetry to further my art. My guess is that many of you have had this come up at some point as well, maybe not as long as a year for some, and for some of you, even more than a year. It’s a funny thing, when you realize you have some free time once again, where do you begin? What do you play?
I’ll tell you, I feel like I’ve definitely missed the boat a bit on many of the games that have come out since last Spring. I’ve never been one who really needed to get a game and play it when it comes out, but I do like to try to stay in the loop. So, here I am, at the beginning of an awesome Summer that promises to be full of greatness. That greatness wil include video games. It will also include taking advantage of all the amazing things that happen in NYC in the Summer. I will be reporting on both here, and hope to find some time eventually to make some videos again. But I thought that writing consistent blog entries would be a good way to start.