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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Second Life Shakespeare

Now this sounds coool -- if only I get my avatar out of the
ocean (I'm just as clumsy in SL as I am in real life, APPARENTLY) ;-)

sLiterary, Second Life: Of shipwrecked twins separated in a foreign land, love
triangles mixed with identity confusion, and girl masquerading as guy falling in
love with her noble… The SL Shakespeare Company takes a brief hiatus from Hamlet
to pursue a full length performance of Twelfth Night—broken down into "bite-size"
chunks in a series of full-costume staged readings. The production will be
performed by a moving cast, and audience members from the last week who wish
to enlist would have the possible chance to make the cast.

According to director Enniv Zarf, "This production is an experimental way of
performing Shakespeare. But hey we are in Second Life. If we can't try it here,
where else could we possibly try this." Ina Centaur, Artistic Director, tells
of the visual differences in this production, "The SL Shakespeare Company is
known for our unlimited extravagance in visual adornments and animations.
Because it is a staged reading, the overall look of this particular production
will be distinctly different. The outfits will be grayscale to emphasize that
this is a staged reading, and because we have a possible shifting cast
with the same person playing multiple characters on the staged reading
stage, we may use scripted changing sculpted masks."

The performances are from June 20 to July 20, an Act-a-Week, every Fridays at 7 PM,
Saturdays at 11 AM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

The SL Shakespeare Company is the premier professional Shakespeare performance
troupe in the virtual world of Second Life. The Company performs in a meticulously
accurate replica of the Globe Theatre ( ). Since 2007,
it has continued to provide immersive live Shakespearean theatre accessible to
anyone anywhere in the world with a high speed Internet connection.

For more details on this and other SL Shakespeare Company productions,
please visit

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