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WITNESS: A Virtual Interactive Play
January 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
An event for 8-12th graders and their parents.
Where do unwanted people go?
WITNESS, the latest project from Arlekin’s Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab, is a new documentary theater piece about Jewish immigration in the face of antisemitism. WITNESS brings actors and audience together from around the world for a shared immersive experience set on a boat in digital space. The piece is inspired by the journey of the MS St. Louis, which left Hamburg in 1939 with over 900 Jewish people on board and headed to Cuba only to be turned away, leaving the passengers stranded with nowhere to go and no escape. WITNESS shares stories of Jewish immigrants from around the globe through an interactive virtual theater experience at the nexus of film, theater and video games.
The play is a bold, new virtual interactive theater experience that weaves together real stories with modern technology to create a dramatic documentary. It is inspired by the stories of Jewish immigrants from the MS St. Louis ship (1939) and stories of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. This experience of Jewish immigration focuses on the timeless questions of “where do I belong?”, “who will accept me?”, and “where will I fit in?” as they manifest in contemporary settings. This is a great opportunity to explore questions of identity and belonging that are dear to the hearts of Jewish teens.