Hey. Thanks for intro, Miss Laura. I’m Amber, a company member of SU.
We’re starting rehearsals for Ex-Gays on Sunday. If you’re not familiar with the ex-gays movement, give it a google.
The Ex-Gays script is somewhere between a performance, improv, and satire. It's not just a theatrical event, but it will be a mix of performance genres.
And here’s the deal.
It’s also interactive.
I know. The term “interactive theatre” really sucks, right? It’s a Major. Bummer. It evokes a lot of assumptions.
With interactive theatre, it’s like a bad childhood memory. You tried to go to the Renaissance festival when you were twelve and a village character engaged. Somehow you were forced into eating a turkey leg because you knew, with absolute assurance, that if you declined you’d be publicly humiliated in Shakopee, MN.
It’s the same idea when saying the words “musical theatre.” For some artists, it really leaves a bad taste in their mouth.
So instead of interactive theatre, let’s call Ex-Gays an open dialogue. Spectators will not be shoved into the spotlight, but may engage by choice, and participate in any level, from super involved (ask the actors questions during performance), slightly involved, (engaging with the person sitting next to you with a gesture), and not being involved at all.
You choose. We promise not to hurt your ego or damage any reputation. We have a couple of ways we’re going to try and pull this off.
So. Want to volunteer as a practice audience member? Or have you done a project like this before? What are your ideas to involve spectators?
Let us know.
Anyone can email us. Artists, spectators, bloggers, scientists, lovers, teachers, wanna-be’s, etc.
Please feel welcome to read and follow up our posts with dialogue- ideas, ramblings, jokes, etc.
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