This Saturday (March 28) a daring theatre production called maladjusted ends its 2015 run at the Firehall Arts Centre.
The show by Theatre for Living has aimed to humanize mental illness with events that give audiences the opportunity to intervene, participate in the show, and help shape the course of the evening. (Read the Straight’s glowing review here.)
Despite only four shows remaining and tickets limited or already sold out, there’s no reason to worry you might miss it.
The Georgia Straight is partnering with Theatre for Living to bring maladjusted’s final engagement to your living room, office, or smartphone.
The production’s director, David Diamond, explained how it will all work:
“We’ll have a live audience in the theatre, as we usually do,” he said in a telephone interview. “People will be stepping into the play in the theatre, taking the place of characters, kind of humanizing this mechanized mental-health care.”
What the webcast will do is let viewers at home take part in those interactions, Diamond continued.
Those exchanges will happen at Theatre for Living’s website. There, people can talk to actors on-site at the theatre and click into a chat window where they can also talk with each other as the performance unfolds.
“People will be able to log in, watch it from wherever they are, and if they have an idea…they can link up with what we call a web actor,” Diamond explained. “The web actor will then ask the intervener some questions about what they want to do, why they want to do it, and what they want to accomplish, and then they’ll run into the theatre and say, ‘Stop. I have an intervention.'”