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Liz Fisher's Deus Ex Machina, A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Performance at Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas—Sunday 18 January 2015


Whirligig Productions, Shrewd Productions, and Fusebox presented Deus Ex Machina from Austin, Texas  livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 18 January at 23:00 GMT (London)/ 6 p.m. EST (New York)/ 5 p.m. CST (Austin)/ 3 p.m. PST (Vancouver). Click here to view the livestream. Send text messages to +(1) 512-872-4637 during the performance.

Deus Ex Machina is a live, choose-your-own-adventure performance that gives total control of the play’s storyline to the audience. 

Part real world video game, part Tarantino revenge flick, you’ve never seen Greek drama like this before. When was the last time you played God? 

Written and directed by Liz Fisher, Deus Ex Machina rips characters from Greek mythology and throws them into a gladiator ring. Through the power of Zeus, the audience is transformed into gods and battle it out like clashing titans to determine the fates of the infamous characters of the House of Atreus: Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Electra, and Orestes. But no matter what the audience chooses, there are consequences, and not all of these characters will make it out alive. 

Deus reformats the epic Greek tragedies of The Oresteia, giving the audience unprecedented theatrical power to control the very trajectory of the narrative through real-time digital interaction. This malleable roller coaster of a narrative ultimately tracks to 1 of 12 potential story lines, plus even more opportunities to exercise dramatic omnipotence for 12,288 possible experiences. (Seriously. We’ve done the math.) Want more control? Dig a bit deeper and find a few hidden easter eggs that allow audiences to invoke the power of Mount Olympus.

About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by HowlRound, a knowledge commons by and for the theatre, arts, and cultural community. The channel is at howlround.tv and is a free and shared resource for live events and performances relevant to the world's live arts fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Follow and use hashtag #howlround in Twitter to participate in a community of peers revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field. Our community uses the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). You can become a producer and co-produce with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, contact @HowlRound on Twitter, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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