Phone Etiquette and a Changing World

As usual, I’m about a week late to the conversation via blogging, although I’ve read much and commented a little on two incidents involving phones in the theatre and poor audience etiquette. For those few who are unfamiliar, there’s two stories: 1. Nick Silvestri, a 19-year-old, plugged his phone into a realistic but non-working outlet […]

Digital and Analog

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a nerd, both for theatre and video games. I kind of love technology and think it’s amazing, but my craft is in theatre. I’m not a stage technician or engineer of any sort, either – I’m a director and dramaturg, with occasional forays into writing and acting. That’s pretty analog […]

Theatrical Level Up

I just started playing Ingress, Google’s augmented reality game, yesterday. I’m hooked. While the game itself is basically glorified Capture-the-Flag, and appeals to people roughly my age and a little younger because it is one more reason to bury your nose in your phone, there’s several interesting aspects to it. One, I noticed, has been […]

It has a name!

Transmedia storytelling!  “Transmedia storytelling (also known as transmedia narrative or multiplatform storytelling) is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies, and is not to be confused with traditional cross-platform media franchises,[1] sequels or adaptations.” Beautiful. I love it. I want to do it. Thank you, Robert Matney, for your HowlRound article “Hacking […]

Algorithmic Theatre

This weekend, On the Boards is offering a show called “A Piece of Work (formerly False Peach)”. The show, per it’s website write-up, mixes live performance and AI software. As part of the show’s run, OtB will also offer a master class with Annie Dorsen, who created the show. Dorsen has created basically a new […]

News of the Paranoid

Some paranoid news has popped up recently. Let’s start with the latest on “Spider-man: Turn off the Dark”: Julie Taymor Claims there was a secret plot to fire her from “Spider-man” So, Julie Taymor, in her law suit for copyright infringement, has claimed that there was a plot behind the scenes of the near-deadly musical […]

“L’Effet de Serge” sponsored by On the Boards

I broke my rule for a touring show that has, apparently, been tearing up international stages — L’Effet de Serge from Vivarium Studios, which nearly didn’t make it to Seattle because of visa trouble. The program for the show describes L’Effet de Serge: This off-key aria by the French company Vivarium Studio maliciously turns theatrical […]