Post source: JoMama Meets the New Media

Laurel’s description of the development of interactive theatre tied in so well to Viola’s work from our reading the preceding week.  Along with her mention of John Cage, she could/should have also cited Viola’s work with the rock concert La Mer.  The visual effect on the audience was profound.

I was also reminded of a wonderful play (light opera) presented here at MCC several years ago – Help Help the Globolinks! – in which the shrouded & spooky Globolinks came out and interacted with members of the audience.

When my grown daughters were small, long before computers or video games had made the scene in our home, we enjoyed the interactive books that were popular at the time – the “choose your own adventure” series.  In these books, a child could make choices throughout the story regarding how they wanted the adventure to unfold, and could experience a different outcome each time.

I see the bridge that she constructs between interactive theatre and video games, but if indeed “enactment can potentially involve all of the senses”, then do video games fall short of expectations?  Such attempts seem to have flowered and faded, leaving us with less.  But I’m not complaining!