is a telematic, multi-media performance piece based on Albert Camus' novel L'Étranger. The performance takes place with actors and audience simultaneously at two theatres connected via audio and video streamed in real time. This creates a performance that exists in both the physical and virtual realms, providing an opportunity to examine the possibilities and contradictions in these two modes of social presence.
The piece is based on the premise that we currently exist in two forms, our "real self" with its physical and geographical limitations and predispositions, and our media-produced and publicly broadcast "virtual self". As we migrate from the physical world to the virtual world, we become self-scripted avatars that conform to the logic of what it means to exist on-line.
This work will merges a very contemporary mode of social engagement, the internet, with one of the oldest, the theatre, and in doing so help inform the possibilities of each, in both form and content.
was first performed November, 2013 simultaneously at the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire.