Friday, May 24, 2013

The Brick presents Game Play 2013, A Festival of Video Game Theater 7/5-28

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The Brick is pleased to announce the fifth annual Game Play festival, taking place July 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. This year's festival will once again feature cutting-edge works that lie at the intersection of video gaming and performance.

"The most ambitious effort I know of to fuse the techniques and live presentation of theater with the themes, structures and technology of interactive electronic entertainment." The New York Times

"Explore[s] the intersections of technology, theatre, performance art and video-game culture in delightfully inventive ways." 
American Theatre Magazine

This genre breaking festival will play at The Brick (579 Metropolitan Ave at Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) July 5-28. Tickets ($15) may be purchased online at or by calling 866-811-4111. Performance schedule TBA. 

In the spirit of the Greek Olympic Games and software programming Hackathons, The Brick presents APPATHON: a weeklong team-based performance competition using Droid and IOS smartphone Apps. All participants meet at The Brick on Sunday to divide into teams and plan the week. On Saturday at 8pm the teams compete at The Brick for audiences and glory.

DOT; A Videogame with No Winner
Presented by HOL
Programmed & Performed by Henrique Roscoe
Dot, a videogame with no winner is an audiovisual performance with synchronized sounds and images, played by a "game console" built and programmed by the artist, and controlled by retro videogame joysticks. The instrument is completely autonomous and works without the need of a computer. The project was created with the idea of criticizing some aspects of videogames, but using its own aesthetics, sounds and characteristic graphic elements.

Final Defenders 
Presented by Dysfunctional Theatre Company
Written by Patrick Storck
The Konami Atari Alliance of Eden 3 is under attack by evil Queen Bowsera. Their only hope lies with a ragtag band of earthlings, each plucked out of their own time, each chosen for their unique gaming skills. They all had big dreams, but they never dreamed they'd become the Final Defenders.

Legendary, Maybe: 4 Machinima Theater Pieces Adapted from Livy
Presented by EK Machinima Theater
Adapted & Directed by Edward Kim, Translated by Carrie Thomas
Using characters from WoWFar Cry 3Minecraft, and other games, performers become "digital puppeteers" to tell stories from Livy's Ab Urbe Condita, in which they combine ancient texts with modern technology to create an original theatrical experience that the New York Times called "an impressive feat of engineering, coordination, and storytelling."

Ligature Marks
Presented by Gideon Productions
Written by Mac Rogers, Directed by Jordana Williams
Jill can't live without Terry. So it's up to both of them – and Terry's favorite online multi-player game, NOIR – to make sure she never has to. This noir comedy from the critically acclaimed, award-winning author The Honeycomb Trilogy and Viral charts a twisted romance between two of life's losers as they take one final last shot to be something other than who they are.

No Oddjob
Written & Performed by David Lawson
A solo performance exploring societal themes of video games, personal video game stories and the artistry of video games. No Oddjob contains stories about a misogynist getting angry over the end of Metroid, playing so much Goldeneye on NG4 that it seeps into your dreams, having sex fantasies about Laura Croft, and going into a moral panic over Mortal Kombat. 

Social Gaming
Written & Directed by Amitech Grover – New Delhi, India 
An internet performance event in real time between multiple cities. People separated by thousands of kilometers connect in real time through the digital medium, participate in an instruction-based gaming and interactive event which helps them understand each other better – culture, language, city and surroundings.

Targeting Eyes
Presented by CoPuppet
Written, Director & Performed by Semi Ryu
Targeting Eyes is a live game performance that explores the artist's cultural and gendered upbringing in Korea, where she was raised to avoid eye contact and to avert her gaze. This performance demonstrates her personal struggle in social spaces, revealing her anxiety, which creates diverse mixed reality states. This project playfully provides a game space with the goal of targeting eyes in First-person shooter (FPS) mode, using this game space as a strictly governed space, with clear rules and goals. The higher level of this game presents her as a voice-activated virtual puppet, allowing her to freely tell her stories, being detached from her social body, exploring her own ways of "Being- In the World".

That Cute Radioactive Couple: A Post-Apocalyptic Comedy
Written & Directed by Charles Battersby 
Ray was prepared for the apocalypse, but he wasn't prepared to share his old fallout shelter with his new wife Jane. When nuclear war strikes, they find themselves trapped in a bunker built for one. Inspired by post-apocalyptic and dystopian video games like Fallout, Wasteland and Bioshock, this dark comedy has bittersweet fun with end of the world.

The Photo Album
Presented by The Story Gym
A photo album was recently found hidden under the floorboards of a basement apartment in Brooklyn. But who did the photos belong to and what memories did they capture? Audience members must scan the photographs using their smartphones/tablets to reveal clues in augmented reality that send them on a scavenger hunt to find characters and collect lost memories.

As if it were the last time (a subtlemob)
Presented by cicumstance
Music & Text by Duncan Speakman and Sarah Anderson
A subtlemob is an invisible flashmob, only its participants are aware of it. It's like walking through a film, experienced on headphones, performed by you and hundreds of strangers. As If It Were The Last Time is about celebrating the present, about home, belonging and loss.

THE BRICK THEATER, INC. is a not-for-profit company dedicated to nurturing the work of emerging artists at its performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – The Brick.  The Brick presents world premieres, monthly performance series, and seasonal festivals, expanding Williamsburg's profile as a destination for cutting-edge art and entertainment.  The Brick continues to seek new artists and projects, to provide them with a creative home and to serve as Williamsburg's primary incubator of innovative theater arts.

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