The Photo Album
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Lisa Reinke
July 6, 2013
What is your job on this show?
What is your show about?
Audience members must scan photographs using the Layar app on their smartphones/tablets to reveal clues in augmented reality that send them on a scavenger hunt through the theatre to find characters and collect lost memories.
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I’m trying to move farther away from a traditional theatre model because I want people to start associating movement with storytelling. So, I like to work on shows that allows the audience freedom of movement and interactivity.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
Uses augmented reality to send the audience on a scavenger hunt.
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met many people who wrote for this show in a class taught by Chris Burney at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts. He inspired me and others to chase after unique dreams.
Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Yes!I decided to create this show because I want theatre to offer people an experience they can’t get by just sitting in front of their computer or on their couch. I spend way too much time each day sitting. It’s hurting my health. A study administered by the New York State Department of Health in 2011 found that, “Nearly one-quarter (24.5%) of adults in New York State are obese and another 36% are overweight . . .” (http://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/brfss/reports/docs/1304_overweight_and_obesity.pdf) Audiences don’t have to be trapped in the dark, in the middle of a row of chairs, waiting to be released to go to the bathroom. Theatre can give people a reason to get off their butts. Storytelling can be a mobile affair. I’m not talking anything extreme. You won’t be breaking a sweat in my show and you can certainly sit down whenever you need. But, you’re not forced to sit still. That’s the point. I want people to be allowed to move.