The Avatar Repertory Theater has a unique auction going on in Second Life and they were kind to send me a press release. This blog is intentionally not devoted to SL news, but I am always happy to share information about things that I plan to attend/visit or would if I could. In the case of the ART, it was their performance of Alice in WonderSLand back in 2010 that first opened my eyes to the possibilities of immersive virtual world productions. I still have my souvenirs from the show! Their note is posted in full below, as the details of the Shakespeare By Request Auction are a bit complex.
Company Puts Actors up for Auction to Keep Theater Live in (c)Second Life
Since its founding in 2008, Avatar Repertory Theater has presented live theater productions and presentations featuring live voice acting in (c) Second Life. As they move into their seventh year on the grid, bids are open on their first ever Shakespeare By Request Auction. From now until November 7th, visitors to the Company’s theater on Cookie can place bids on different members of the acting company for the chance to choose a command performance by that performer from the works of William Shakespeare. These performances will be presented at the Company’s popular “Plays Around” scheduled for Friday, November 21st at 5:00 pm slt. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/198/205/21
Panels adorn the patio outside the Avatar Repertory Theater, with the image of each actor or actress whose performance skills are up for bid. Once the auction closes, the winning bidders will have less than a week to choose their selection from the Shakespearean theatrical canon for that specific player to present. Winners can be as specific or general as they wish in their request:
- Simply indicating the play they want, and let the actor find something from it.
- Choosing a specific scene from a specific play
- Requesting a favorite monologue that they’ve always wanted to hear this actor perform.
The setting will be simple, featuring Avatar Repertory Theater’s Shakespearean style performance space, which is often obscured by a variety of sets and settings for their biweekly ART Plays Around performances.
Bidding is open to all Second Life Residents. Those who are less familiar with the company’s players can sample the company’s work at Plays Around performances scheduled for Friday, October 21st and November 7th, also at 5:00 pm slt.
Among the oldest artistic organizations of their kind, Avatar Repertory Theater’s mission is to bring diverse, live theater to a widening range of people through virtual performances, and to expand and challenge their own talents in the craft of acting using this unique media. This has brought life to everything from first-time realizations of works by living playwrights, to major immersive productions such as their own adaptations of the classic Greek Drama Oedipus Rex (“Oedipus”) and the works of Lewis Carroll in “Alice in WonderSLand” and “Through the Looking Glass.”
Proceeds from the Auction will help Avatar Repertory Theater continue to keep theater, performed live and in voice, a vital virtual presence.
Avatar Repertory Theater is a program of New Media Arts, Inc which has recently released its first Go Fund Me Video in support of their mission to develop graphical, theatrical, literary, educational, library and other fine and practical arts on the internet, in 3D graphical user interfaces, multimedia, new generation computing devices, and other electronic and digital communication media.
New Media Arts, Inc is a registered 501 (c) (3) tax exempt nonprofit organization in the United States, which can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about Avatar Repertory Theater at avatarrepertorytheater.org and follow them on Facebook and Google+.