Bay Area Playwright Spotlights Gamers with THE VIDEO GAME MONOLOGUES
Limited Engagement begins September 20 at The Phoenix Theatre Annex
SAN FRANCISCO -- September 16, 2013
Based on the real stories of gamers, THE VIDEO GAME MONOLOGUES shares first
times, legendary battles, and the lives changed by pressing “Start.” Part
fantasy and part ethnography, this episodic play stages the adventures of
hardcore and casual gamers alike, punctuated by cameos of notorious and
beloved game characters. From arcade to console, The Video Game Monologues
reminds us to learn from our fatalities and cherish our 1Ups. Lian Amaris,
Founding Artistic Director of Vector Art Ensemble, directs.
“We believe the memories made around video games are as significant for a
person’s identity as music, books, or any other experiential medium,” said
Amaris. “As misplaced proof of their influence, video games are often used as
cultural scapegoats for violence and sexism, but performing these stories
amplifies the redemptive power of games and how they can change lives.” The
company ran a successful IndieGoGo campaign with over 50 contributors from
tech, art, theater, and media to help produce the play.
“The show features games and gamers with equal representation- male, female,
hardcore, casual, young, old, arcade, console, and mobile- while addressing
the complex relationship between screens and psyches. Beyond their
entertainment value, games are a cultural barometer for how we connect to or
disconnect from other people through technology.”
THE VIDEO GAME MONOLOGUES runs September 20, 21, 27 and 28, with 8pm
performances at The Phoenix Theatre Annex, 414 Mason Street, 4^th floor,
between Geary and Post. Tickets are $15 in advance at tvgm.eventbrite.com. An
excerpted preview performance at the Cartoon Art Museum on September 19
precedes the opening. Immediately following the West Coat premiere, THE VIDEO
GAME MONOLOGUES will have its East Coast premiere at Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Lián Amaris has produced original genre-bending work at a number of
internationally recognized spaces for experimental theater including P.S. 122,
HERE Arts Center, and Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Amaris’s
monologue, Swimming to Spalding, directed by Richard Schechner, was called "a
riveting piece of theater" with "some of the most powerful indictments of
contemporary warfare that have been on stage in recent memory" by Backstage.
Amaris holds Master's degrees from New York University in Performance Studies
and Interactive Telecommunications, and a BA in theater from UMass at Amherst.
Her work has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, MSNBC, Buzzfeed, The
Huffington Post, The Next Web, Geeksugar, New Media Rockstars, The Laughing
Squid, The Daily Kos, The Daily What, and more. She is currently Director of
User Engagement at Glu Mobile, a mobile game company in San Francisco.
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