The Cultch pops up in Minecraft in preparation for spring-break MINE show

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      The Cultch has debuted a blocky but surprisingly detailed new edition of itself--a meticulous virtual reproduction of its theatre in the world of Minecraft.

      It's all part of the leadup to MINE, Theatre Replacement's new show centring on the game. The production, based on the company co-artistic director (and recent Siminovitch Prize co-winner) Maiko Yamamoto's relationship to her Minecraft-obsessed 11-year-old, features gamer-performs enacting different mother-son narratives, like the Beowulf saga and The Terminator.

      Built by the theatre's Digital Storytelling with MINE cocreator Connor Wylie, the new digital structure allows gamers to explore the venue's nooks and crannies (even the green room and dressing room) before they attend the play. They can also look around the surrounding city and add their own creations to the area around the Cultch. 

      To access its server, use Minecraft Java Edition, choose multiplayer, and add to your server list.

      Find the QR codes hidden around the real-life Cultch to see the preshow rituals of Bambi, a character from MINE.  The first to find all three videos learns a code to unlock the Chest and claim a daily prize.

      Described as an immersive staged Minecraft adventure, MINE runs March 18-22 at the Eastside arts landmark. 

      We talked to Yamamoto about an earlier edition of the play here.