Assigned Earth at Birth
Emo enby Cass has discovered that they are not an ordinary human - they are a transdimensional being, assigned to earth to carry out anthropological fieldwork. In this play, they have their first meetings via video call with their otherworldly drag king supervisor, Iris. Understandably, Cass is furious about being assigned to such a horrible project, and demands to be reassigned; but relocation has unanticipated consequences for both characters.
‘Assigned Earth at Birth’ is a live-digital hybrid, interactive sci-fi comedy about doomerism, neurodiversity / neuroqueerness, and the pain of living in a world that works against your survival. It is the first story for Intrapology, a series of interactive stories that will explore how people make worlds together, through the allegory of the Transdimensional Research Institute.
Intrapology should appeal to people who listen to Welcome to Night Vale, watch The Good Place, or play Disco Elysium. By taking actions such as voting on dialogue options, the audience guides what the protagonist says, does, and thinks. This will be a mostly unrehearsed live reading, with two actors performing a script that is shaped by messages and votes from the audience via web app.
Pilot episode at Arizona State University as part of the Worlds in Play Festival
- Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Centre, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, Mesa AZ
Pilot episode at Theatre Delicatessen as part of the Social Model & More Festival
- Cuthbert House, Arley Street, Sheffield, S2 4QP
From audience feedback at workshop performances
“[Made me feel] Weirdly comforted? Like life makes slightly more sense”
“It made me feel transported.”
“Genius, very funny”
“The form is really bold + ambitious.”
“Made me think/reflect on the complexities of navigating life and society in our world.”