Sprat Theatre Company, founded by writer/director Ryan Elisabeth Reid, is a multi-generational group of writers, actors, designers and theatre enthusiasts. Their immersive show, One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle, debuted May 15-June 2 at 54 Bond St, Loomstate.
Sprat's premiere work, One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle draws attention to, increases empathy for, and debunks stereotypes about the elderly. Elderly make up 12% of the population in the U.S. and issues relevant to them are generally ignored. Sprat aims to create a community forum for discussion regarding these issues.
Sprat develops integrated theatre performances, where the elements of design are just as important as the text and live performance itself.
The audience will see a realistic portrait of Shnuffle's home, with characters from his life dressed in eccentric costumes. The audience will hear music from diverse, international musicians, each commissioned to make a single song for the play – using the sounds of a decaying apartment, unusual instruments (accordion, violin bows on guitar, clocks) and scattered French dialogue. The audience will smell a dish designed specifically for the show, and prepared by Shnuffle himself. All of these elements combined create a harmonious, interrelated whole, where the audience can interact with the performance more fully.
As a multi-generational company, we hope to show audiences the importance of collaboration, regardless of age, race, gender, or background, as a means of strengthening our community.
Sprat Theatre is supported by funds from the Clinton Global Initiative, Lang Student Union, The Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice at Eugene Lang College, The New School University Student Senate, Parsons Student Senate, and individual donors.