Calarts Expo, postponed, 2020
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.
Reed College Blackbox, 2014
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