Event List

Here’s the event list I presented earlier today. I’ll post an annotated version when I go through all the notes from class today.

STOP THE PRESS – EVENT LIST

1. Audience enters through hallway. Alex’s “1984” video bit.
2. Opening music (Foreign Correspondents’ Rag). Newspaper delivery (newspaper is the program).
3. Rosie the Printer monologue with printer’s response (sounds, belching steam, lights).
4. Ray Kurzwiel as talking head pontificates.
5. Newspaper funeral. Newspapers’ complaints.
6. Alex’s talking-head commentary/faux interviews projections.
7. Ray K. speaks again.
8. Dowd vs. Schmidt (Vin Scully simlecast!).
9. Audience is directed to side rooms. MoCap Dance, Text Dance.
10. Audience groups switch places (Text Dance, MoCap Dance).
11. Audience directed to take seats.
12. Ray K. appears once more as projection. Rosie enters. Each delivers their speech, competing for audiences attention. Printer responds with noises and lights. Text comments and quotes taken from blogs, articles, (also written or reworked by us) etc., are projected. Alex’s talking heads and newspaper video collages projected. Music recapping themes from dances and “Foreign Correspondents’ Rag”. Computer music, mechanical (typewriter etc.) music. Newspapers fall from above and are scattered across the stage. Scene becomes chaotic. Action ends suddenly. Lights out.
13. (I can’t help it. I have to throw this in!) Ray K. appears alone onstage, sitting on a toilet reading the news on an electronic reader. Announces the end of the show. (I think there needs to be some kind of epilogue-type thing here, in which the audience is addressed directly, in the manner of a Shakespeare comedy, etc.).

“CURTAIN”

Throughout the piece, the Printer makes noises and displays lights and projections, belches steam, etc. by way of comment on action and speeches. Projected text can also provide commentary on action. There should be a multiplicity of voices throughout, to reflect the complexity of the issue.

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