The history of Sprat Artistic Ensemble
Henri | Fall 2014
From October 13th to the 27th, 2014, HENRI premiered at the Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. HENRI, featuring a cast of actors ranging from age 8 to 80, follows the life of a musician from childhood to old age.
Sprat Artistic Ensemble, in collaboration with the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, presented Henri, an intimate theatre experience about the beauty and complexity of Alzheimer’s and aging. Henri featured a cast ranging in age from 8 to 80. United, they create a composition of moments, feelings, and images from the title character’s life.
Thanks to a grant from Nevada Humanities, talk backs with leaders in Alzheimer’s research and treatment followed each performance.
One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle | Spring 2013
In 2013, Sprat Artistic Ensemble (then Sprat Theatre Co.) produced “One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle”, a play about one day in the life of an elderly man. The piece ran for three weeks at Loomstate in downtown Manhattan and opened to a strong review in the New York Times by Neil Genzlinger. The project was a Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment to Action funded by The New School, Kickstarter success and Parsons Student Senate, among others.
The clip above shows the opening scene of "One Day..." Our intention in opening the show this way was to slow down the busy NY audience and to get them on the same pace as Henri. The clip was filmed by an audience member.