The live virtual theater production Jettison presented to close out the HERE Online Oasis weekend, held in lieu of the HERE Summit, which was canceled in March due to the pandemic.
Jettison, a play by Brendan A. Bradley, was produced, rehearsed, and performed entirely in the web-based virtual reality platform, Mozilla Hubs. It will be performed in two acts as a demonstration of two separate forms of virtual theater production.
Audience members can attend using their computers, phones, tablets, or any virtual reality headset. Once they've logged in, they'll find themselves in a virtual lobby, where they'll be met by the house manager - an enormous robot - who will help them navigate the theater (built by Bradley in the 3D modeling program Blender) and find their seats for the show to begin.
Jettison was originally commissioned and produced by The Swim Shorts Festival, premiering new theatrical voices in a rooftop swimming pool in midtown Manhattan. The play is only three actors and ten minutes on one static set, but also features a live rabbit and takes place in the middle of the ocean. This juxtaposition of simple production needs and impossible production elements represents exactly the kind of theatrical production process the team wanted to approach in VR. This workshop is a proof of concept exploring the application of low-budget theatrical production methods and best practices for live mixed reality, remote performances.
Engineers, designers, and community managers from Hubs dropped in to the rehearsal process and made recommendations and offered tips and tricks for working within the limitations of the platform. The entire production is built with consumer-grade equipment and free, publicly available software, with the entire cast and crew never leaving their homes.
The performance will be Sunday, October 4th at 9:30 EDT / 6:30 PDT. For tickets, RSVP using this link: http://bit.ly/jettisonRSVP
By Brendan A. Bradley
Directed by David Gochfeld
Produced by Alex Coulombe, Kevin Laibson, David Gochfeld, Brendan A. Bradley
Virtual Space Integration by Roman Miletitch
Brendan A. Bradley
Digital Puppetry by Ashley Clements
Performed in Mozilla Hubs at
The Brendan A. Bradley Future Stages Theater