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.
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