The Brick Announces 2014 GAME PLAY Festival Line-Up; Kicks Off in July
The Brick announces the line up for the 6th annual Game Play festival, taking place in July 2014. Performances will include:
Paracelsus Games' The Dance and the Dawn, a live-action theatrical experience, in which players take on the roles of nobles in a gothic fairy-tale realm who have one night to find love and redemption. Six players become the Ladies of Ash, who have come to the midnight ball in hopes of healing their heartbreak; the other seven become the cold, proud Lords of Ice who are there waiting for them, and who struggle with tragedies of their own. The game is an event that lasts about four hours, which will be taken up with dancing and dueling and courtly intrigue...and, of course, with the eternal hope of romance and joy.
Corinne Nulton's 14 Symptoms, an original play featuring an egotistical hacker, a predetermined serial killer, a cheerleader with an alter ego, and the ghost of an ideal best friend. The characters collide in chat rooms and clash in games as they recreate themselves through text to investigate or conceal a gruesome murder.
Playmatics Nick Fortugno's Ghost Engines in the Sky, a live-action roleplaying game of existential horror in the old West. It begins as you awaken on a train with no memory of how you got there. The strangely familiar faces around you hint at something horrible you've forgotten. And with each stop, you're more convinced you're the one responsible.
Eddie Kim's Grand Theft Ovid 2: It's been five years since EK Theater first presented Grand Theft Ovid, which The New York Times called "an impressive feat of engineering, coordination, and storytelling." The company returns with Grand Theft Ovid 2, five more stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses retold using modern and classic video games.
Kevin M. Karol's Long Live the King: Take up your cell phone in a battle against your fellow audience members. Loyalties will be tested as you decide whether to stay loyal to your king and their cause, or to put peace before power. In the end, only one thing matters: who will reign as king?
Harrison Young's Online Fighting, an action-comedy about two video gamers rekindling a feud. What starts off as fun and games online quickly becomes a battle of jealousy and redemption offline. Realism, absurdity, and stage-combat blend together for a show designed for hardcore gamers and non-gamers alike.
The Story Gym's Tabletop Cabaret: Hedgepig Races: Participants will get to experience a unique mash-up of a musical with a tabletop role-playing game. Audience members must race each other in an imaginary mining cart drawn by a giant hedgepig. Story events will be set up in song and audience members as characters will either win or lose. Created by Lisa Reinke, creator of last year's hit The Photo Album.
Treason, an espionage-themed performative experience that uses a cooperative game-like structure: by working together as a group with an unseen agent, players uncover a narrative that explores themes of cyber-security and surveillance. Participants are able to deconstruct and examine their relationships to power and authority through these simulated predicaments.
The Uncanny Valley, written and directed by Francesca Talenti, a play for two humans and one robot. Featuring a RoboThespian actor, this new play by Francesca Talenti probes the ethical implications of convergence-the melding of the human mind and artificial intelligence-in a horrifying yet humorous exploration of the fragility of the human soul.
PERFORMANCES: Repertory schedule throughout July at The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, one block from the L train Lorimer stop / G train Metropolitan stop. Tickets (FREE-$20) will be available at www.bricktheater.com or via OvationTix (212.352.3101) June 1. For more, go to www.bricktheater.com/gameplay.
Winner of THE CAFFE CINO FELLOWSHIP AWARD, The Brick is Williamsburg, Brooklyn's destination for cutting-edge theatrical experience. Home to the critically acclaimed premieres of Bouffon Glass Menajoree (NY IT Award Winner-Outstanding Play), In a Strange Room (Time Out New York's Top Ten Plays), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (NY IT Award Winner-Outstanding Play), Suspicious Package (IBTA Award Winner-Best Unique Theatrical Experience), Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury (NY IT Award Nominee-Outstanding Performance Art Production), Greed: A Musical Love $tory (NY IT Award Nominee-Outstanding Musical), The Brick has hosted some of downtown theater's most innovative artists, including Annie Baker, Young Jean Lee, The Debate Society, Banana Bag & Bodice, Thomas Bradshaw, and Jollyship the Whiz-Bang's Nick Jones. The Brick has also hosted The Iranian Theater Festival, The Comic Book Theater Festival, Fight Fest, Game Play: A Celebration of Video Game Theater, the international NY Clown Theatre Festival, Gemini CollisionWorks' August repertory festival (The Collisionworks), The Too Soon Festival, The Antidepressant Festival, Red Cloud Rising, Theatre of the Arcade, You're Welcome, Adventure Quest, The Nosemaker's Apprentice, The Protestants, The Granduncle Quadrilogy, Lord Oxford Presents the Second American Revolution, Live!, Third Lows' 2-year Penny Dreadful serial, Richard Foreman's Harry in Love, The Film Festival: A Theater Festival, Babylon Babylon, Notes from Underground, Bitch Macbeth, A Thought about Raya, World Gone Wrong, The Pretentious Festival (including Every Play Ever Written and Macbeth without Words), Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist/Cleansed, The Death of Griffin Hunter, Untitled Theater Co. #61's Havel Festival, Sexadelic Cemetery, The Kung Fu Importance of Being Earnest, The $ellout Festival, Adventures of Caveman Robot, The Baby Jesus One-Act Jubilee, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, The Moral Values Festival, Tupperware Orgy, Bizarre Science Fantasy, Who Is Wilford Brimley? The Musical, Jenna is nuts, Habitat, Assurbanipal Babilla's Assyrian Monkey Fantasy and Stanislaw Witkiewicz's The Pragmatists.