SLEEP SQUAD
Presented in partnership with The Story Pirates
Streaming ​Online Feb 1-14, 2021​
7 p.m. Pacific ​Time
On-​demand after your initial viewing
Running Time: 45 minutes + 15 minutes of additional audio.
May be watched in 3 installments, ranging in length between 12-25 minutes

Sleep Squad

Sleep Squad is a family-friendly, interactive, virtual theater experience that turns your home into a rocket ship to launch kids into their dreams. Featuring brand new, unique, kid-driven comedy and music, this world premiere on-demand production creates a new kind of bedtime routine for kids age 4-12.

FLEXIBLE VIEWING! Sleep Squad may be enjoyed in one 45-minute experience, or in three unique episodes, ranging in length between 12 and 25 minutes.

Sleep Squad is brought to you by the "masterfully hilarious” Story Pirates, “some of the best creators and performers in kids’ media today” (Sirius XM). And it’s more than an on-demand evening of entertainment; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that leaps off the screen to create performance-like, immersive family fun right at home.

On-Demand Family Passes may include a “Dreamtime Travel Kit” delivered to your home address. The items within—including a dream journal, explorer goggle sleep mask, co-pilot badge and star projector—are woven into the experience to create imaginative, educational and intergalactic experiences without leaving Planet Earth.

Sleep Squad stars Tony Award-nominee Lilli Cooper (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Tootsie) as Captain Siesta Shuteye, aka the Dream Queen. She’s pilot of the spaceship Ariem that launches kids into the Slumber Galaxy on three different missions, as they train to become members of the Sleep Squad—an elite group of the world’s most advanced dreamers. Sleep Squad hopefuls are sent into space to explore stories adapted from real kids’ dreams along with the co-pilot of their choice (their favorite stuffed animal, blanket or toy).

In Episode One, The Dream Queen welcomes explorers onboard the Ariem for mission preparation, and then instructs them to put on their Sleep Squad sleep goggles for an adventure to a desert island (Stuck Island). Episode Two blasts off to a dinosaur’s birthday party (Spinosaurus’ Birthday) and Episode Three lands inside of an intergalactic nightclub (30 Moons). These immersive audio sections allow kids to take ownership of the imagination-powered storytelling. After kids complete all three missions, they become official Sleep Squad members and charged to fly solo into their own dreams, aided by calming sleep music.

Sleep Squad is brought to you by Tony Award-winning producer Eva Price, is directed by Olivier Award-nominated Jennifer Weber and Drama Desk Award-nominated Lee Overtree, and co-created by the critically acclaimed Story Pirates, creators of the #1 podcast for kids, downloaded more than 25 million times and winner of both the 2020 Webby and iHeartRadio award for Best Kids and Family podcast.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW LONG IS IT?
Sleep Squad may be enjoyed in one 45-minute experience, or in three unique episodes, ranging in length between 12 and 25 minutes.

WHEN SHOULD I SET IT UP FOR MY KIDS? IS IT ONLY FOR BEDTIME?
Sleep Squad may be experienced after dinner, before bedtime, at nap time or any time young astronauts feel like going on an adventure into their dreams. Sleep Squad may be enjoyed in one 45-minute experience, or in three unique episodes, ranging in length between 12 and 25 minutes.

DO I HAVE TO BUY THE DREAMTIME TRAVEL KIT?
While we highly recommend purchasing one Dreamtime Travel Kit for each kid viewer, it’s possible to experience Sleep Squad without it. For those that choose not to purchase the Dreamtime Travel Kit, we provide recommendations of some simple household items that can help bring the immersive kit-driven moments to life.

WHAT DEVICE MAY I WATCH IT ON?
Sleep Squad may be viewed on desktop and mobile computer web browsers, as well as on iOs and Android devices. The production can also be enjoyed on a Smart TV via an Amazon Fire, AppleTV or Roku device.

Creative Bios

Story Pirates (Producer) believe that kids are creative geniuses. All of them. Winner of the 2020 iHeartRadio award and the 2020 Webby Award for Best Kids and Family Podcast, Story Pirates Podcast is one of the top three kids and family podcasts in the world. Downloaded over 25 million times and featuring songs and sketches based on stories written by kids, their special guests include top talent like Billy Eichner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dax Shepard, Amber Ruffin, Bowen Yang, Claire Danes, John Oliver and Lake Bell. The Pirates have released three critically acclaimed middle-grade books with Penguin Random House and three award-winning albums, all based on ideas from kids around the world. The Creator Club, their new subscription service, features virtual learning activities, live-streamed classes, a daily radio show, and videos to entertain and encourage creativity for kids at home.

Lilli Cooper (“Dream Queen”) has been featured in Tootsie (Tony Award nomination), Spongebob SquarePants: The Musical, Wicked (Elphaba) Spring Awakening (original Broadway cast). Theatre favorites: Mack And Mabel (City Center Encores!), Tick, Tick...Boom! (Keen Company) Sundown, Yellow Moon (The WP), The Wildness (Ars Nova), Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of1812 (American Repertory Theater), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theater). Television: “Dynasty” (The CW), “Bull,” “Instinct,” “Elementary,” “The Code” andThe Good Fight” (CBS). She is a proud LaGuardia Arts High School and Vassar alumna. Lillicooper.com

Lee Overtree (Co-Creator/Co-Director) is co-founder and creative director of The Story Pirates and is the producer and co-host of The Story Pirates Podcast from Gimlet Media/Spotify, winner of the 2020 Webby and iHeartRadio award for Best Kids and Family Podcast. Along with co-writer Hunter Bell, he received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Book of a Musical for Found at the Atlantic Theater Company. Overtree has directed at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Center Theater Group, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, New York Stage & Film, the American Music Theater Project, Goodspeed Musicals, the Kennedy Center, the Geffen Playhouse, Berkshire Theater Group, the Mystic Aquarium, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.  He has taught at the Atlantic Acting School and has served on the faculty of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Center. Overtree is an alumnus of Northwestern University and member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers union.

Jennifer Weber (Co-Creator, Co-Director) is an Olivier Award-nominated choreographer based in New York City. She recently made her West End debut with & Juliet (Olivier Award Nominee, Whatsonstage Award nominee), a new musical featuring the songs of pop songwriter, Max Martin which opened at the Shaftesbury Theater in London Fall 2019. Weber recently choreographed, Disney’s Zombies 2, which was released on the Disney Channel in Feb 2020. Weber was commissioned by New York City Center to create a new work for NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck and hip-hop legend Lil Buck for the 2018 Fall For Dance Festival. This piece will be featured in the upcoming live capture A New Stage, produced by CLI Studios. Her concert dance work has been performed at Jacob’s Pillow, The Apollo, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Center, and The Stanislavsky Music Theatre, Moscow. Theatre choreography credits include KPOP (Ars Nova/Lortel Nom), Teenage Dick (The Public/Ma-Yi) Cruel Intentions (LPR/U.S. Tour), Stockholm (Hudson Stage). Commercial direction/choreography: Marc Jacobs, CK2, American Express, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal, Reebok, Philosophy and Lifetime’s Bring It Live! Tour (2016-18). She is the co-creator, director and choreographer of the annual hit holiday show, The Hip-Hop Nutcracker. jenniferwebernyc.com.

Andrew Farmer (Writer) is a disabled writer/performer and comedian based in Los Angeles. He's a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant (2018) and his work has been produced at The Museum of Modern Art, Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons Downtown, Joe’s Pub, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Walker Space, Theater Aspen and Yale School of Drama. He has developed television projects with CBS Studios, Stampede Ventures, Animal Kingdom, Imperative Entertainment and First Look Media. Alongside “Saturday Night Live” writer, Anna Drezen, he is the co-host of the comedy/horror podcast, Scary Stories to Tell on the Pod, produced by the Forever Dog Network. Currently, he’s the head writer of National Lampoon’s reboot of the legendary off- Broadway sketch show, Lemmings: 21st Century and is also developing a new immersive audio experience for Story Pirates. Recent plays include The Gray Man (FGP, HERE Arts, Pipeline Theatre Company), The Fall of Hotel Mudafier to the Toltecs (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and I Heard Sex Noises, written with Claire Rothrock, Ryann Weir and Annie Tippe (Ars Nova). With composer/lyricist Andrew R. Butler, he has written book for American Cryptids (Joe’s Pub, The Civilians R&D Group), Finn The Fearless (Ars Nova, Theater Aspen, The Polyphone Festival), BLESSING (commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Yale Institute for Music Theatre) and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (commissioned by TheatreworksUSA).

Eva Price (Producer) is an NYCLU/ACLU honoree for her commitment to works spearheaded by female creatives and people of color, and a Crain’s 2020 Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives Honoree. Broadway credits include: Jagged Little Pill, Oklahoma! (two Tony Awards); Tina—The Tina Turner Musical; What the Constitution Means to Me (Tony Award nomination, national tour 2020); Angels in America (Tony Award); Dear Evan Hansen (Tony Award); On Your Feet!; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!; Peter and the Starcatcher (five Tony Awards); Colin Quinn Long Story Short; Annie; The Merchant of Venice (Tony Award nomination); Carrie Fisher’ s Wishful Drinking; The Addams Family. Off-Broadway/touring: Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical; Found (Atlantic Theater Company); The Lion (Drama Desk Award); Small Mouth Sounds; and The Hip-Hop Nutcracker with rap icon Kurtis Blow. Executive Producer of MEP, a producing, developing and management company she founded in 2006; and a producer with the new entertainment studio venture, Level Forward.

Benjamin Salka (Producer) is the co-founder and CEO of Story Pirates, a media company that celebrates the imaginations of kids. Under his leadership, Story Pirates has grown from a pilot program in a single school auditorium to an internationally renowned family entertainment brand. At age 23, he directed the off- Broadway production of I Sing! (recent productions in Australia, London and Glasgow). He began assistant-directing and producing on- and off-Broadway at theatres such as The Roundabout, MTC and The Atlantic Theater. Highlights include The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award, assistant director to David Warren) and The Goat (Tony Award, assistant producer Scott Rudin). In film, he assisted Rudin on the Oscar-nominated The Hours, and Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM, on the Oscar-nominated Seabiscuit. He was associate director to David Warren on Mindy Kaling and Branda Withers' breakout comedy, Matt and Ben. With Eva Price and Victoria Lang, he is a producer of FOUND, a musical based on Davy Rothbart's popular magazines and books. He directed the long-running stage show Creation Nation, with Billy Eichner and Robin Lord Taylor, and contributed to Billy Eichner’s Billy on the Street.

Ellen Winter (Composer) is a performer, composer, and teaching artist from the woods of Fairfax, Va., currently based in Brooklyn. In 2017, she and writing partner, Chris Littler, co-directed/wrote/composed “36 Questions,” the podcast musical, starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Playbill and Marie Claire. Residencies include Ars Nova's Maker's Lab, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Drop Forge and Tool, and Barn Arts Collective. Since 2018, she has performed and written songs with Story Pirates for their Gimlet podcast. She also is 1/5 of nerd-rock group, Chamber Band, and together they have three albums and national tours under their belts. Her debut album, Every Feeling I've Ever Felt, dropped in 2020. @itsellenwinter | ellenwintermakesthings.com

Mahayla Laurence (Co-Writer) is an actor and a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a natural-born empath and loves connecting with humans through all forms of art and storytelling. She writes for Story Pirates Podcast and for SHIZ, a Broadway-Meet-Sketch-Comedy show. Laurence also co-founded a comedy residency at Ars Nova called CAMP. Theatre credits include: Romeo & Juliet (Smith Street Stage), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the 'Burg), Neptune and Three Sisters (Columbia School of the Arts), Hamlet (Shakespeare in the Square NYU), Julius Caesar (Stella Adler Outreach Tour), and Safety Net (Tisch StageWorks). She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a recipient of the Beth Turner Award. While there, she was a director and performer for Hammerkatz Sketch Comedy and Dangerbox Improv.

Mike Cabellon (Co-Writer) is currently a writer/producer for Story Pirates podcast and is next set to star in “Mr. Mayor,” coming to NBC in 2021. Other notable TV appearances include “Orange Is the New Black,” “Crashing” and “High Maintenance.” He has written, produced, and starred in digital shorts that have won awards at the New York Television Festival and SeriesFest; and aired on Comedy Central, Adult Swim, FunnyOrDie and more. As an improviser and sketch performer, Cabellon has performed on stages all over the country, including the Del Close Marathon, Comedy Hack Day, Austin Sketch Fest, Frigid Fest (part of the U.S. Association of Fringe Festivals), UCB's 3x3 Tournament, NYC Improv Festival, and SHRTWV Short Theater Festival.

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"A child’s imagination is a true treasure, and that’s what the Story Pirates steal—or rather borrow—in their endlessly amusing work."  
The New York Times

“A family-friendly, interactive virtual theater experience that will help propel your kids to dreamland, stat."
Red Tricycle

"Are your kids totally over bedtime? Turn your home into a rocket ship and blast off into dreamland with kid-driven comedy and music!"   
The Review Wire

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