Friday, February 22, 2013

To One, or To Zero

Now playing in Seattle: The Hamlet Machine:

Inside the theater, her team of programmers and designers is busy debugging and fine-tuning "the machine," a complex network of lights, sound, text, and math that will, with the help of actor Scott Shepherd, perform her recombinant Hamlet. Or maybe it isn't "her" Hamlet—the entire show will be auto-generated every night, and even Shepherd is at the mercy of the machine, which will tell him what to say and when.

"We'll just push play, sit back, and watch," Dorsen says. "We're running the show with no human intervention." Her expression is a combination of worried, trying-to-not-look-worried, and thrilled.

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