Woolly Mammoth Introduces Video Game Inspired by Kristoffer Diaz Pulitzer Finalist
August 25, 2012
This content is sourced from TheaterMania.com.
Following the launch of The Black Women Playwrights Group’s Cyber Narrative Project at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company last February, the theatre has introduced DC audiences to Powerbomb!, an online video game inspired by Woolly’s season opener, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz.
In Powerbomb!, players are introduced to “THE Wrestling Champion Chad Deity” and “The Mace”, the hardworking “jobber” who makes the champ look good in the ring. Players who successfully “put over” Chad Deity win a discounted ticket to the production at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, which begins performances September 3. Audience members will also be given the opportunity to play in the lobby before seeing the show and win a discounted Flex Pass to the rest of Woolly’s season.
“The Cyber Narrative Project came together to address one of the highest priorities of our membership: creating art and reaching new audiences through digital media."
You can play the game at wrestling.woollymammoth.net.
The video game is a result of The Black Women Playwrights’ Group’s Cyber Narrative Project, an initiative aimed at partnering playwrights of color with technology students to create cyber-narrative tools that enhance live productions of their plays.
Says Karen Evans, the president of BWPG, “The Cyber Narrative Project came together to address one of the highest priorities of our membership: creating art and reaching new audiences through digital media. We are thrilled to see it yield such wonderful results. Kris, the engineering teams, and Woolly Mammoth have all contributed incredible vision and support for this project.”
The project is funded by The Joyce Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Dreyfus Foundation, and Bloomberg BNA. Engineering support for the project was provided Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center-Global, George Mason University, Nick Chang and FUNRGaming.
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity runs September 3 - 30, 2012; Wednesdays–Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm. Monday, September 3 and Tuesday, September 4 will both be Pay-What-You-Can performances beginning at 8pm.
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