The Drowned Lego

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Now that The Drowned Man has come to an end I’d like to share a little project I’ve been working on. Well, re-share, really. I actually posted an earlier version, which you can see here, just prior to the end of the show. But this is a new and improved final rendition, incorporating additional observations made during that final week as well as the flood of additional images of the set that became available around the time of the final show. So if you’ve already seen this once, feel free to skip ahead to the pictures (links at the bottom of the post). If this is your first time, what follows is a lengthy explanation of just what the hell this ridiculous project is, exactly.

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The Drowned Lego: First Floor

First Floor - 12,422 pieces

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1. Chapel Side Room

2. Chapel

3. Chapel Bath Room

4. Car and Motel Exterior

5. Studio Gates

6. Gatekeeper’s Office

7. Secretary’s Office

8. Executive Boardroom

9. Chess/Script Room

10. Doctor’s Exam Room

11. Doctor’s Office

12. Doctor’s 1:1 Room

13. Wig Room

14. Seamstress’s 1:1 Room

15. Studio 5

16. Seamstress’s Workroom

17. Cinema

18. Buchanan’s House

19. Small Motel Rooms

20. Faye and Harry’s Room

21. Motel Office

22. Grocer’s Shop

23. Grocer’s 1:1 Room

24. Seamstress’s Shop

25. Drugstore

26. Psychic Shop

27. TV Repair Shop

28. Romola’s Shrine

29. The Arcade

30. Tuttle’s Toy Shop

31. Tuttle’s 1:1 Room

32. Saddlery

33. Games Room

34. Box Maze

35. Back of Motel

36. Romola’s Caravan

37. Mossy Caravan

38. Dwayne’s Caravan

39. Badlands Jack’s Caravan

40. Trailer Park Exterior

41. Badlands Jack/Andy/Barman’s 1:1 Area

42. Forest

43. Horse and Stars

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The Drowned Lego: Ground Floor

Ground Floor - 11,430 Pieces

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1. Initial Queue Area

2. Coat Check

3. Final Queue Area

4. Entrance Maze

5. Lifts and Holding Areas

6. Studio Exec Entrance

7. Studio Exec Prologue Room

8. PA 1:1 Room

9. Studio 4

10. Scales Room

11. Ornate Bedroom

12. Conrad’s Dressing Room

13. Backstage Nexus

14. Studio 3

15. Mirror Maze

16. Opium Den

17. False Prophet

18. Studio 2 Hallway

19. Finale Stage

20. Wendy and Marshall’s Caravans

21. Birthday Tent

22. Murder Mound

23. Studio 8

24. Restrooms

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The Drowned Lego: Basement

Basement: 7,757 pieces

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1. Red String Room

2. Reception

3. PA’s Office

4. Masonic Temple

5. Temple Anteroom

6. Back Room with Shrine

7. Foley Storage Room (aka DEMON ROOM!)

8. Foley Room

9. Hallway

10. Alice 1:1 Room

11. Wooden Moon Room

12. Sunflower Room

13. Stanford 1:1 Room

14. Stanford’s Domain

15. Reel-to-Reel Room and Office

16. Photo Room

17. Horses!

18. Pitch Black Projector Room

19. Lifts Area

20. Stanford’s other 1:1 Room

21. Drafting Room

22. Prosthetics Room

23. Plinth Room

24. Car Park

25. Restrooms

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The old Stanford Theory

This was originally a post I made on the Drowned Man Facebook spoiler group.  It comes from way back in October of 2013, or a few weeks after my 6th show - in fact, it was the very first post I ever made on there.  My understanding of a lot of things was a little rough back then, and there are parts of it that were specifically refuted by the one man who would know for sure (Sam Booth) when I talked to him about it a few months later.  Nonetheless, it was the first real attempt I made to engage with the text in this way, and even if it’s way off base, I think there is still an element of emotional truth to it - so I wanted to preserve it here.

Original post follows after the jump:

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My Time at Temple Studios, Part 33

Show 33

Sunday, July 6: 5pm

Well. Here we are. After nearly 10 months and 96 hours inside of Temple Studios (plus however long I spent in Studio 3 after the show), I’ve come to the end of the road, with just three short hours remaining.

Going into this trip, I had no idea what sort of state I would be in upon walking through the red shutters for the final time. At the conclusions of my first couple of trips, I wound up with a bit of panic, thinking it was my last chance to see things and, ultimately, damaging my enjoyment of the shows a little bit. My third and four trips (March and May) had much stronger endings, but the context was different – by then, I had started to realize that I was always going to come back, so it wasn’t really the end. This time, though… no such comfort. It really was the end.

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Spinning off

After posting what turned out to be an epic quantity of recaps and reminiscences of my experiences pertaining to Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man on an old, unrelated blog that had gone unused for years prior to that, I’ve decided to spin all of my Punchdrunk-related content off into its own home.  To that end, I figured I’d give Tumblr a shot, since the community seems to be over here.  Over the next several days I intend to repost all 32 of my currently existing essays over here, covering all but one of my nights at The Drowned Man (the Finale is yet to come!).  They will be (almost) entirely unaltered and back-dated to when I first put them online.  Enjoy.

My Time at Temple Studios, Part 32

Show #32

Saturday, July 5: 9 pm

Here we are, at the final normal performance of The Drowned Man. With only the finale remaining afterward, this would be my last chance to see the show in a pure form. Having been run through the emotional wringer at the early show, I stepped through the red shutters in a state of complete uncertainty. Had the earlier experience primed me for some sort of insane emotional collapse? Or was I, for lack of a better term, all cried out? And who was I going to follow, anyway? I had already done my farewell loops with nearly all of my most important characters, with only Romola and Drugstore Girl remaining. I ruled Romola out because none of the Romolas I had initially imprinted on, the ones who meant the most to me, were still playing the role.  Lily Ockwell and Sarah Sweeney are both very good, but I had seen them both fairly recently. Drugstore Girl was a possibility, though, but I tend to run very hot and cold on them. It very much depended on the casting.

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My Time at Temple Studios, Part 31

Show #31

Saturday, July 5: 5 pm

The endgame was well underway. This Saturday double marked the final night of The Drowned Man. Not technically, of course – there was still the finale itself. But with rumors of extended endings and cast swapping, not to mention the hordes of emotional fans that would be descending on the site, there was no telling what it would be like. This was the final night for the show as we had known and loved it. At the very least, that’s the way I was treating it.

As such, I was firmly in “revisiting” mode (with allowance made for a single specific exception, if the opportunity arose - more on that in my next write up). As they say, every story reaches a point where it has to stop expanding and start contracting. There were still so many loops, specific character combinations, that I had never done. Even some characters that I had never followed properly (Sorry Marshall, Barman, and Gatekeeper). But it was too late. If I kept chasing them, I was sure to regret it. It was time to start saying goodbye.

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