Sleepy Hollow at Serenbe

The Serenbe Playhouse presents a fresh interpretation of this haunting tale.


We’re all familiar with Washington Irving’s spooky classic, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and its love triangle—awkward teacher Ichabod Crane, lovely heiress Katrina Van Tassel, strapping lout “Brom Bones” Van Brunt—and mysterious headless horseman. Tim Burton twisted the tale for the big screen, Fox is currently shooting a TV series, and I’m pretty sure there was a Scooby-Doo adaptation.

And now: an interpretation at Serenbe Playhouse. Brian Clowdus, director of The Sleepy Hollow Experience and founder of the theater company at Serenbe—better known for its organic farm, eco-conscious upscale housing, and Prius-friendly parking spots—says his version is “a cross between a haunted house and a play.” While Clowdus and the actors will follow a script, the audience will move through the Serenbe stables during the show. “We’ll have movement at the beginning and end to keep the play interactive,” he says. “Plus, there will be live horses.”

Clowdus promises humor along with fright. “What we’re doing is a modern take on the story with lots of candles,” he says. “Our costume designer used Alexander McQueen as an inspiration.”

The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Serenbe runs Thursday through Sunday, October 10 to 31.

This article originally appeared in our October 2013 issue.

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