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Livestreamed on this page Friday 10 June at 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

Austin, TX, United States
Friday 10 June 2016

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Performance of Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale

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Friday 10 June 2016




The VORTEX in Austin, Texas presented a performance of Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale conceived and directed by Heather Barfield livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 10 June at 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles). Share your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram with #howlround.


What would you do if you had to choose between privacy and security? Who holds the master key to open the back door to your private life? Hackers and lawyers, government agencies and law enforcement, data miners and marketing executives, identity thieves and credit bureaus—all are interested in who you are, what you reveal, and what you believe is secure.

Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale is an ensemble-devised interpretation of the Ancient Greek play Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus and based loosely on the actions and punishments of contemporary whistle-blowers, advocates for digital privacy rights, and perversions of American civil liberties. Privacy Settings offers a “surveillance fun house” with opportunities for unique interactive experiences.

Conceived and directed by VORTEX Associate Artistic Director, Heather Barfield with a robust cast of agent-performers. 

Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony
Set Design by Ann-Marie Gordon
Costumes by Pam Fletcher Friday
Sound Design by Chad Salvata
Video Design by Sergio R. Samayoa
Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley

We live with black boxes attached to our hips as 21st-century technology and human dignity collide. Data perpetually emits our habits and desires as bits and bytes are hoarded in top-secret shelters. Surpassing the foreboding fictions of "Big Brother" and "Skynet," we are firmly planted in the era of information overdrive. In June 2013, notorious whistle-blower Edward Snowden exposed what some may have suspected all along: "They" are watching you.

About The VORTEX
We conjure and navigate the storm of imagination with urgent, unashamed art that dares to dream the world in which we want to live. This magic emanates from our cultural harbor, embraces diverse communities, breaks down barriers, and opens channels for vital exchange.

Widely-recognized as the pioneering leader in Austin’s alternative theatre scene, The VORTEX has produced over 300 productions, including more than 100 world premieres. Artistic work includes operas, musicals, plays, ritual theatre, experimental collaborative, and devised projects.  The VORTEX venue is artist-owned and operated and was the first theatre to make a home for the arts in 1994 in Austin’s historically-underserved Eastside, now a blossoming arts district. A key player in the Austin New Works Community and one of Austin’s major theatrical forces, The VORTEX has received more than 100 major local awards and hundreds of nominations for artistic excellence. The VORTEX has always engaged in gender- and color-fluid,  non-traditional casting. The VORTEX has offered its free, award-winning Summer Youth Theatre since 1991. Internationally renowned as a haven for alternative performance, The VORTEX has presented work by dozens of famous cutting-edge artists. The VORTEX owns and operates The Butterfly Bar. With a liquor license, free WiFi, a huge Yard and deck, and regular nightly hours, The VORTEX thrives as a community destination and leader in the growth of arts and economic stability in Austin.

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email [email protected], or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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