actor James Taylor

actor James Taylor

 

Henri, the life story of a man living with Alzheimer’s, narrated by his young sister, Blip. Henri featured a multi-generational cast ranging in age from 8 to 80 and was developed with the support of Isabella Geriatric Center and Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

You can read a NYTimes review of Henri here.

full cast of Henri

full cast of Henri

In 2013, the director of The Smith Center for Performing Arts, Myron Martin, read the New York Times review about Reid’s first play One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle. He wanted to bring the Las Vegas native’s work to the city’s premier performing arts center. In 2013, Henri was commissioned for a two week run in Smith Center’s Troesh Theater.

For one year, Reid lead Sprat Artistic Ensemble through the rehearsal and creation process. Rehearsals were held at Isabella Geriatric Center, the largest geriatric center in Manhattan. After designing and building the set and rehearsing the show in New York City, Sprat Artistic Ensemble traveled to Las Vegas and presented Henri from October 12th-26th, 2014.

 
actor Maria Reyna in the final minutes of the show

actor Maria Reyna in the final minutes of the show

 
actors Justine Davis and James Williams in a scene set in a nursing home

actors Justine Davis and James Williams in a scene set in a nursing home

 
actress Marina Reyna and scenic design from Henri

actress Marina Reyna and scenic design from Henri

 

Each performance of Henri was followed by a panel discussion with members of the cast and crew, social workers, doctors from the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and care givers. Given the warm response and feedback to the play and panels, Sprat Artistic Ensemble wanted to keep a presence in Las Vegas and began Sprat Classes for teens and seniors in the community.

 
lead actor James Williams as title character, Henri

lead actor James Williams as title character, Henri

 
 

trailer for "Henri" at The Smith Center for Performing Arts October 17-26, 2014. Video by: Hanna Wellish. Music by: Corey Austin Crellin.

 

A clip of Henri filmed live by PBS