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February 21, 2013 at 7:00 AM

World premiere of ‘False Peach’ at On the Boards

(Scott Shepherd in “False Peach”/Jim Findlay photo)

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson passes on this about an On the Boards happening:

Annie Dorsen is best known as director and co-creator of the hip 2008 Broadway musical “Passing Strange.” But there’s another side to Dorson’s theatrical portfolio. Since 2010, she’s been working with something called “algorithmic performance,” the basis of her offbeat new show “False Peach,” which has its world premiere this week at On the Boards.
The premise is a bit hard to grasp for us non-techies, but it goes like this: according to OtB, Dorsen and her collaborators, including noted New York actor Scott Shepherd (“Gatz”), will employ “computers, automated lighting systems, sound design and video that have all been programmed to generate a new production of the play nightly. New scenes, songs, scores and visuals emerge from an intricate and ingeniously programmed web of technology that uses Shakespeare’s original text as data.”
Got that? As Hamlet might say, What a piece of work is man (and woman)! The show is different every night. Plays 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at On the Boards, Seattle. Info and tickets:www.ontheboards.org.

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