— From Cometbus #41 (1997)
matthewashman said: Hi there, I saw your post about Hecate's ring quest. I received the quest last time I saw the show, and I searched and searched that night trying to find it to no avail. I've spent a lot of time since then trying to analyze the clues and figure out where it might be. Any chance you can give me some hints or clues as to where to find it? Thanks!
Hi there! My understanding is that the ring is not actually a findable object in the show anymore - that it left the McKittrick when Careena Melia (the original Hecate in both Boston and NYC, and one of the best and most iconic performers in the history of the show) did. Why Punchdrunk/Emursive still have the Hecate character performing the “Find My Ring!” one on one when there is actually no ring to find is a question that is, sadly, beyond my pay grade.
Please note: it’s very possible that the ring has been brought back into the show and is once again findable (it’s not like anyone would be obligated to alert me to such a development) but I haven’t heard anything to that effect.
Anyway, I don’t feel all that comfortable posting THE SECRETS OF THE RING publicly to Tumblr (especially since I’m fairly certain most people’s one on one after finding the ring didn’t involve Frusen Gladje ice cream) but - on the other hand - it’s not like these are state secrets or anything. If you send a message to my dopey Sleepnomore Crossoverfanfic facebook account I can answer any questions about where I found it/what happened after.
Anonymous said: Do you think Sleep No More should end its run like the Drowned Man did?
A loaded anon question. Awesome. Let’s do this!
Since my willingness to share my unpopular opinions regarding Sleep No More has made me the single most beloved figure in the entire history of the show’s fandom, this should go pretty well.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of Sleep No More ending its run.
- A case could be made that the show continually gets discovered by new audiences, that it still blows people’s minds on a daily basis. It’s just churlish to want to deny other people that experience, even if the last few times I went I saw some less-than-stellar performances. A new audience member has no basis of comparison for less-than-stellar performances, they are too busy their minds blown by the goings-on. Besides, I hear things have gotten better on that front anyway.
- A lot of very talented people would be out of a job.
- I get to avoid feeling ambivalent about whether or not I would want to go to the final performance.
- I don’t think Punchdrunk are going to do another east coast show (in New York or Boston) until Sleep No More is done. I would rather see a new show (or an American version of The Drowned Man) than see Sleep No More again, so Sleep No More closing would help facilitate that. This is mostly speculation on my part - I have no special insight into Punchdrunk’s decision-making process here - and I’d love to be proven wrong. But so far it’s been all quiet on the Eastern front in terms of new shows.
- No more weekly emails informing me that The Heathens will be performing at The Heath this weekend.
So that’s two for and three against. If you know anything about math at all then that means that I have scientifically proven that Sleep No More should *not* end its run. It should shine on forever, like the crazy diamond it is.