"Sleep No More" is a site-specific, interactive theatrical experience loosely based on Shakespeare's "Macbeth" that has dazzled critics and audiences since it opened in New York City in 2011.
The production takes place in the fictional the McKittrick Hotel, which its website states, "was intended to be New York City's finest and most decadent luxury hotel of its time. Six weeks before opening, and two days after the outbreak of World War II, the legendary hotel was condemned and left locked, permanently sealed from the public. Until now..."
Unlike traditional theater pieces, audiences who visit "Sleep No More" travel "through a transporting world at their own pace, choosing their own path," and, thus, they encounter different characters and story lines depending on the real time decisions they make.
To celebrate Halloween, "Sleep No More" is throwing a six-day extravaganza called "Carnival des Corbeaux" as a coda to each performance of the show today through October 31st. Each day features a different theme including "The Snake Charmer" (October 26th) when audiences are asked to dress like animals and "The Contortionist" (October 27th), which invites "sexy and revealing attire."
On October 28th the Carnival goes queer with a night dubbed "La Femme a Barbe" -- The Bearded Lady. A statement sent to the Huffington Post reads:
"A gay costume party in Chelsea? This is supposed to be something new? Sure, the idea isn't necessarily novel, though nor it is unusual for The McKittrick. The hotel has recently hosted a series of queer-themed events, an initiative they call 'Monocle', filled with curious and queer parties of all stripes. Knowing that, 'La Femme a Barbe' feels like a natural extension of [our] Halloween festivities.
The night will require its guests to attire themselves in gender-bending finery -- no exceptions (unless you lamely choose to dress in all black, the only alternative). The choice of The Bearded Lady, instead of being a cliché, is meant to mirror the vibe
that 'Sleep No More' itself has so masterfully built during its run: that nothing is what it seems, there is a surprise at every turn and that sheer theatricality will trump every expectation you bring through the door."
If you're going to be in NYC on Sunday and want to attend, visit the "Sleep No More" website for tickets and more details.