Saturday night I went alone on a scavenger hunt through the streets of Brookline. It was an invitation from the ARTs upcoming production of Sleep No More. I got lost, drank wine, had 2 cups of coffee, drank some pukey strawberry drink, ate a lot of cookies, crossed busy Beacon Street 4 times and walked about 3 miles. After 5 clues in 2 hours I found myself at a bar on Harvard Street. Somehow I managed to survive and win 4 free tickets to the show.
But I didn't do it alone. Along the way I met and worked with 4 others: a
Crimson Editor, an MIT employee, a Berklee College employee and a twitter fanatic. We found each other along the way confused and intrigued. We pushed each other to keep going when another clue mislead. The evening was pure theater on the streets of Brookline.
For a while it felt like I was in the Blair Witch Project III (see part of my creepy video) or Michael Douglas in The Game. Like, why the hell am I doing this? Why didn't I stay home and watch "I Love you, Man?" on DVD. But then I started to get involved in the mystery. And the journey.
One of the people I met told me that he'd seen a Puchdrunk production before and he said that, "it changed my life" - this is what I'm expecting for the show. I expect theater to be life changing, immersive and immediate.
Sleep No More, opens this weekend as part of ART's Shakespeare Exploded. They say it's an "immersive production inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, told through the lens of a Hitchcock thriller." If Saturday night is any indication you won't be sitting in your chair or in your mind.
I want to get lost in Brookline. Wait, I already did that...
[Caption: This is what the group saw on the entrance to the Theater]
[Caption: I was a little tired and creative on Sunday morning. ]