On the website where you purchase tickets the venue is listed as The Heath. This news article claims that the venue seats 200 guests. The ultimate FOTC experience, eh?
By MARSHALL HEYMAN
This week, the seemingly ever-expanding McKittrick Hotel, the West Chelsea home of Punchdrunk's "Sleep No More," expanded even more.
Beyond the roving theatrical experience—an innovative and immersive retelling of "Macbeth"—guests could enjoy an outdoor, rooftop paradise called Gallow Green as well as the Manderley Bar, both of which host the occasional musical performance.
Now, a floor below Gallow Green there is the Heath, a music, drink and dining venue. Currently in residence is the Grammy-winning Preservation Hall Jazz Band, while on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the nightspot will present its own band, the Heathens. Jonathan Hochwald, one of the leading producers of the venue, described the Heathens as performing "live dance music."
The point with all of these venues, said Mr. Hochwald, is to create an "oasis" for both attendees of "Sleep No More" and those who aren't coming to see the show. "This is a new kind of night life," he explained. "It's not your typical bottle-service place with bankers and models. So many of these places are about packing them in. Our first priority is to have a generous, luxurious space that people can hang out in, and in the case of Gallow Green, enjoy this kind of verdant scenery."
Both the Heath and Gallow Green can seat 200 people each; "Sleep No More" accommodates under 500 audience members a night. "When everything is going at the same time, we have over 1,000 people," Mr. Hochwald said.
Whereas Gallow Green takes as its theme a kind of ghostly train yard, the Heath is more of the interior of that yard's train station. "It's kind of a train station restaurant in a village in Scotland. Everything is rich and masculine, and the train cars are pristine and beautiful. The idea is to juxtapose the two," said Mr. Hochwald.
Eventually, guests will be able to make reservations at the Heath for dinner. Tickets are sold to see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; reservations can be made for the Heathens.
He added that actors who help extend the performance of "Sleep No More" into these other venues will become more active in the Heath as the fall approaches. "It's a separate experience," Mr. Hochwald said. "Separate but related."
As for the decorative use of train cars, Mr. Hochwald said the proximity to the High Line is only coincidental. "It's a visual and emotional idea that we all embraced," he said.
What has become clear, Mr. Hochwald said, is as you get higher in the building, "you get farther and farther out of the town in which 'Sleep No More' takes place. That's the geography."
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A version of this article appeared July 13, 2013, on page A19 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: New Stop at McKittrick Hotel.
I tried to purchase several times throughout the night, at odd times like 2am, 3am, 4am, no luck, says all 3 shows sold out. Cuse you're quite lucky to have gotten tickets.