Is art playable? Are video games cinematic? Is Machinima theatrical? Are smartphones a stage? Is there an architecture that connects these diverse media forms? What boundaries can be broken within (and without) the walls of an Off-Off Broadway Theater to change your view? With the increasing maturity of the modern video games, the possibilites for multi-media cross-over artworks cry out to be explored. Game Play explores the collision of technology, theater, performance art, and video game culture by staging the collaborative work of performance and media artists across the digital spectrum.
Boot up your think pad, open your horizon expansion application and prepare to log in to The Brick's Game Play.
Read TDF Stages' exclusive interview with the creators of the festival, who explain what it takes to make excellent video game theatre.
GAME PARTY NIGHTS (Free-$7)
FREE Opening Night Preview Cabaret & Party: July 9 at 8:00pm.Rock Band Karaoke Night: July 16 at 11:00pmBabycastles: July 17 at 11:00pm.Chiptunes Dance Party: July 24 at 11:00pm.
VIDEO GAME PERFORMANCES ($15)
Grand Theft OvidEddie Kim returns to The Brick to present tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses, utilizing his distinctive style of digital puppetry.July 10, 3:00pmJuly 11, 4:30pmJuly 14, 22, 24, 7:00pmJuly 17, 5:00pmJuly 18, 2:00pmJuly 25, 5:00pm
Kewl-Aid Man in Second LifeJoin Kewl-Aid Man on a live guided tour of the online virtual world Second Life. The audience decides what user-generated realms the tour visits--furry sex clubs, a psychedelic jungle world, or a Blade Runner-esque megacity.July 10, 10:00pm
Modal KombatThe first-ever guitar-controlled video game battle, has arrived. David Hindman and Evan Drummond have developed technology that allows classical-electric guitars to control the characters in console video games. This modern-day dueling banjos raises the bar for performers, composers, interface designers, and competitive gamers, while delivering an engaging combination of music and classical video game competition. July 10, 8:00pmJuly 16, 22, 24, 9:00pmJuly 17, 2:00pm
A Short Lecture of a Different TimeCome and hear the story of the OLDVERSE: the universe before this one, long dead and gone. Acclaimed theatre creator Karim Muasher single-handedly creates an 8-bit universe of wit and wonder.July 11, 24, 2:00pmJuly 15, 23, 7:00pmJuly 20, 8:00pm
Theatre of the Arcade: Five Classic Video Games Adapted for the StageIn this collection of short plays, the creators of Brick hits Suspicious Package and Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury explore what happens when stories born of the arcade are given the high literary respect and dramaturgical rigor they deserve.July 13, 21, 8:00pmJuly 15, 23, 9:00pmJuly 16, 17, 18, 7:00pmJuly 25, 2:00pm
For a complete schedule of Game Play events and game installations, visit www.bricktheater.com/gameplay