A.R.T. in SL

From left to right:  Avajean Westland, Kayden O’connell, Rowan Shamroy

For the last couple months, there’s one place I  can always be found and that’s at the Greek Archon Theater every Friday evening at 5 p.m. (SLT) watching the Avatar Repertory Theater’s weekly performance.

When I first started attending, the troupe was doing vocal segments of short stories submitted by avatars in Second Life.  Each week the audience would vote on their favorite and the winner(s) will be scheduled for a full presentation.

What I’ve really enjoyed though is their “radio” broadcasts, staged as though the actors were doing a live radio drama from years ago.  The performances are in SL voice, complete with sound effects, just as it was before television when family and friends gathered in the living room around the radio to listen to their favorite shows.

From left to right:  Corwyn Allen (sound booth), Sam Brautigan, Ada Radius, AvaJean Westland, Kayden O’Connell, Rowan Shamroy, Em Jannings, Caliban Jigsaw and Prospero Frobozz

Shown above is a portion of the cast in the first part of the Lux Radio production of Dashiell Hammett’s, The Maltese Falcon, adapted for Second Life.  To date, this has been my favorite selection and I can’t wait for the second part next week.

To round out the evening and to celebrate his birthday, the second half of the hour was focused on some writings of Allen Ginsberg.  Caliban Jigsaw read a wonderful selection from Wichita Vortex Sutra, followed by readings of A Supermarket in California by Rowan Shamroy, To Aunt Rose by Dolgoruky Umarov, February 29, 1958 by Avajean Westland and Homework by Prospero Frobozz.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not an artistic powerhouse, especially when it comes to poetry.  But I am curious and open-minded and this is a wonderful way to learn, with little bursts of culture in small, easy-to-digest portions to broaden my horizons.

2 Comments to “A.R.T. in SL”

  1. Thanks for such a generous critique of our work.

    What is done out of love, is done without thought of reward, or recognition. When it is received, it brightens all the world.
    Thanks again.


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