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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
SL Video: "The Drax Files - World Makers [Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill] "
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" 'Second Life levels the playing field when we interact with each other,' says actress MadameThespian Underhill who directs the virtual reality theatre troupe Artist Repertory Theatre in SL. A.R.T has been performing live theatre in the virtual world since 2008 with a cast that spans all generations and [physical] location. Professional TV and stage actors mingle with dedicated hobbyists and community theatre buffs to dress up their colorful avatars in homemade sets to produce drama, comedy, musical and improvisational theatre for a global avatar audience.
"In addition to the creative possibilities that a digital universe such as Second Life holds, MadameThespian is enthusiastic about its social aspects as well: 'The value for older people' she says, 'is wonderful because of the ability to interact with other people from all over the world of other ages. You are being judged by what you say - the pure essence of who you are!' And so you can often see the likes of Thinkerer Melville, 85, well-known benefactor of the arts in Second Life enjoying inter-generational dialogue with Madame and Mike Denneny, who at 22 years old is already a veteran in the virtual realm, having started as an entrepreneur on the Teen Grid in 2005. The theatre a place to express a deeper kind of truth about the human condition? Certainly a tradition in physical 'reality' but increasingly one that has impacted virtual reality just as much!"
"Special thanks to Marianne McCann for a fabulous set building to frame this story. All other sets shown made by members and contractors from A.R.T.
"Thanks to Mike Denneny and Thinkerer Melville and all the fabulous extras: KennyLuck Luckless, Remi Maggs, Jenkel, Vick Forcella, Dove, Pygar Bu, Kris Spade, Not, Molly Montale, Avariel Falcon, SCarlett Luv, Drew, Adasyd Nino, Sven Homewood, Cayenne Republic, Fenn McMoragh, GoSpeed, ZevLuv, Wolfrum Windstorm, BeCreative Wildeheart, Wizardoz
"The A.R.T. ensemble consists of MadameThespian Underhill, Caledonia Skytower, Ada Radius, Corwyn Allen, Joff Fassnaught, Rowan Shamroy, Kayden O'Connell, AvaJean Westland, Sodovan Torok, Breyda Adored
"Montana Shakespeare production of "Romeo & Juliet"  featuring MT Underhill as "nurse" was directed by Kim DeLong and filmed by Bill Otto. The excerpt from the rehearsal of "Much Ado About Nothing" [ 2014] was also directed by Kim DeLong."