The play which is described in the New York Times article, “They Talk About Porn in This Show. Audience Participation is Encouraged” opens in NYC at the end of the month. The show is set at Guggenheim Museum and takes place in a small restaurant with a capacity of about 40 audience members including those who are actually actors in the show. The piece is based on support groups such as AA and is basically a fake sex-addiction support group, which aims at exploring society’s discomfort about sex.
One of the most interesting aspects about the show is the theatrical form the show takes. It breaks many traditional molds and jumps on the ‘interactive theatre trend’. As Green describes in the article, “he wanted to stage, ‘the least theatrical thing ever,’… with no set, no lighting, no formal seating.” Instead, the piece focuses on the meeting spaces themselves working to create a space that is safe for story telling and drew on parallels between the “transformative potential” of addiction meetings and theatre. It’s an interesting take on how theatre can be received, especially because so many popular interactive pieces of theatre are inherently theatrical. (Specifically, thinking about Sleep No More.) It’s wonderful how this piece captures the most fundamental aspect of theatre: storytelling.
The Big Questions this article raises for me are:
How efficient is the interactive medium?
How do we keep audiences focused/interested in pursing the item laid out in the original script for the piece?