Interactive Performace

Zomers

Calarts Expo, postponed, 2020

 

Ursula Andreef

Garret Cebellero

Ry Burke

Tom Rhodes

Lucia Kramarzuk

Brooke Harbaugh

Director/Creator

Production Designer

Lighting Designer

Cinematographer

Costume Designer

Producer

In 2072, the audience is invited to interview for The Archivist position at the Zro Corporation            (the totalitarian corporation-state Amazon will become). The previous archivist was                      researching a radical, separatist, zero-waste community called The Zomers who were                  active in the former city of Chicago from 2011 - 2046. She was trying to piece together their         story, how they dispersed, and where they are now.

The Archivist has since disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
 

The audience is invited to explore her office, botanical garden, and study rooms that contain           VR memories that were transmitted to Zro by an informant inside the Zomer community.         Clues throughout the installation will lead them to information about The Zomers’ way of         life, where they are now, and what happened to The Archivist.

 

Here, Now

Reed College Blackbox, 2014

MJ Kanai

Tiphanie Laney

Ry Burke

Alex Swann

Fiona Wiedermann

Director, Creator

Set Designer

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

,Costume Designer

  Photographer

a new immersive theater piece

"As audience “guests,” we begin by donning earpieces and receiving instructions to search for a                  hidden key in order to reach a party.

"With the use of interactive technology, and on camera the entire time, we are entertained by the              Rabbit (voiced through the earpieces by Laurent Drui ’16 and performed by Hannah MacKenzie-          Margulies ’16), who alternately helps and distracts us as we look for the key. Lifting a telephone              receiver or blowing on a whistle may cause the lights to go out or the room to buzz.

"We find clues among children’s blocks or stuffed into the lining of a chair. We don’t feel like we’re at          a play; we feel like we’re playing—exploring and being guided on a surreal adventure.

"Upon finding the key and the hidden door it fits, we emerge into a room where we are showered              with balloons—we made it to the party! Elated, we dance together with the Rabbit as the                        techno swing music begins to play.

"Staged in the Black Box Theatre in the Performing Arts Building, Here, Now creates an intimate                 experience for the audience, giving them agency and a sense of choosing their own adventure—         an approach that makes each singular “performance” curiouser and curiouser."

By Brittney Corrigan-McElroy 

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