'Dream of the Red Chamber' is an 18th century play that will be performed in New York with an interesting twist. The Times Square Arts production has several dates set for May, but audiences are encouraged to arrive or leave at any time—as well as doze off during the performance.
To help audience members slip into dreams, they will be provided with extra comfortable seats and beds. The literal dream play is meant to be experienced as viewers fall in and out of sleep. Creator and director Jim Findlay describes that the intention behind the show is to see "what can happen when we get free from the idea that art is dependent on the transaction of the audience 'paying' attention."
The show has taken two years to develop and the show at the Brill Building will be completely free to attend, although donations are being accepted to cover the costs of the many beds and linens that will be needed for the unusual performance.