Monday, May 28, 2007

Choose Your Own Theater Experience

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Next time you’re watching a play, how about deciding what the main character’s next move should be yourself?

That’s the idea behind a comedic interactive play called The Boomerang Kid, premiering June 8 in Santa Monica, California, which will let viewers decide the fate of the main character as the play progresses.

The play is about a college-aged kid trying to make it on his own who ends up “boomeranging” back to his parents for help, and throughout the show the audience gets to vote and punch in their choices on keypads for what the character should do next.

Play creator Chris Econn says the voting makes for some pretty interesting outcomes during the live stage show, from audience choices that start out realistic but can take a turn toward craziness in an instant.

As Econn explains, “For example, his mother asks him to see a psychologist, and the audience then chooses whether he needs medication or not.”

The end result is a theater production that Econn says turns out kind of like an episode of Who’s Line Is It Anyway – except for the audience gets to do all of the improvising for the show’s laughs.

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