In cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Washington DC machina eX brings “15’000 Gray” over the atlantic ocean! Together with the artistic personnel of the “Studio Theatre” Laura and Philip will restate the classic:
In the context of the “Zeitgeist” International Theater Festival and Symosium this year it’s all about participatory theater and the overlapping of theater and social happening. The “Zeitgeist Literary Group”, the “Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics” of the Georgetown University, the “Shakespeare Theatre Company” and the “Studio Theatre” analyze the ever changing balance between performers and audience in a transatlantic dialogue with artists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Interactive audience techniques will be in the center of focus and question the potential, form, aesthetics and content in the theater art, the civic engagement and social justness through this deferral in the performer-audience relationship. The mission of the festival is to bring together German-speakring theater innovators with actors and directors from Washington DC to stage their unique theater events on the weekend of May 10th and 11th and discuss them in the context of a symposium on May 12th. All events take place in the Goethe-Institut Washington.
Tickets and further information are available under: http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/prj/zgt/enindex.htm
Small groups of audience members (8-12) will solve a mystery in the office/laboratory of Professor Hövel and prevent his groundbreaking discovery from falling into the wrong hands using techniques familiar to them from classic point and click video games. The audience members make decisions for the actors- where to look for clues, what action to take, etc. The actors do nothing without getting clues from the audience. The technological elements, including lights illuminating specific areas of the room, phones ringing, etc. will help guide the audience through the puzzle to save the professor and the world.
The Symposium will take place on Monday, May 12, (tentatively scheduled) at the Goethe-Institut Washington from 11 am to 6 pm. Laura Schaeffers & Philip Steimel of machina eX and Studio Theatre’s Serge Seiden will lead an audience integrative experiment based on the German company’s live gaming methods.