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 Schaeffer & 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.