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The Hamilton Cast’s commentary (as interactive theatre)

Hi all,
I just wanted to share this commentary by theatre reviewer for the Globe & Mail, Kelly Nestruck: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/when-hamilton-actor-appealed-to-mike-pence-theatre-showed-its-strength/article32946761/
I’m sharing partly because of our experience together in the wake up the U.S. election, but also in connection to my final project. I’m looking at the various ways digital screens can facilitate and aid the experience of staged theatre. In particular, my position is that “proscenium stage” is one of the original “screens” of performance experience and while there has been a lot of modern discourse on breaking the 4th wall, but what the cast of Hamilton did during the curtain call actually took theatre back to a more political time and overturned the rules of the perceived and established theatrical screen to offer a new interactive voice to and WITH their audience. Just stuff I’ve been turning over in my head!

Hi all,

I just wanted to share this commentary on the Hamilton cast’s gesture to Mike Pence by theatre reviewer for the Globe & Mail, Kelly Nestruck.

I’m sharing partly because of the experience some of us shared together in the wake up the U.S. election, but also in connection to my final project. I’m looking at the ways digital screens facilitate and aid the experience of staged theatre. In particular, my position is that “proscenium stage” is one of the original “screens” of performance experience and while there has been a lot of modern discourse on breaking the 4th wall, what the cast of the Hamilton musical did during their curtain call actually took theatre back to a more political time and overturned the rules of the perceived and established theatrical screen to offer a new interactive voice to and WITH their audience. Just stuff I’ve been turning over in my head!

Wed, November 23 2016 » Future Cinema

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