'Electronic City' comes to Black Box


Published: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 12:54 p.m.

The world is becoming more technology dependent not only day by day but nanosecond by nanosecond. And the University of Florida's School of Theatre and Dance is staging a new production to illustrate it bit by bit and byte by byte.

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‘Electronic City'

What: Multimedia stage production performed by UF's School of Theatre and Dance
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Tuesday through Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 2
Where: Nadine McGuire Black Box Theatre, UF campus
Tickets: $15, $11 seniors, UF students and staff
Info: 392-1653

Along with Digital Worlds Institute, UF has created its newest production, "Electronic City" to explore and delve deeper into today's multimedia movement.

"Electronic City," written by German playwright Falk Richter and directed by Ralf Remshardt and Kelly Cawthon, tells the story of Tom and Joy and the struggles they endure in a high-tech world.

"The characters symbolize the way people are today with technology," Remshardt says. "It's kind of a comedy about the impossibility of not being able to make any real contact with each other."

The production's main storyline has Tom, a consultant, and Joy, a temp who works at an airport kiosk, catch a glimpse of each other in the airport. But the catch is that audience members are not sure where Tom and Joy are - or if they even know each other, Remshardt says.

"The play travels back and forth in time. It's a non-linear piece," Remshardt says. "So audience members need some patience with that."

"Electronic City" uses a multi-level space and video technology to help bring the constantly changing environment to life, Remshardt says.

"There are a number of ways in which we are trying to push the envelope in technology and in terms of content."

Also, the use of dancers along with actors keeps the idea of rushed movement at the forefront of the play. "It's a movement piece," he says. "The movement represents the rapid world of modern technology."

Having dancers mix with actors is one of the favorite parts of the show for Loren Omer, who plays Joy. "This is one of the first shows I've been in that uses both the school of theater and dance," says Omer, a UF acting student. "Hopefully the audience won't be able to tell who is a dancer and who is an actor."

Cawthon says the immersing piece will keep audience members guessing the whole way through. "It's basically three plays in one, but audience members are never really sure if what they are seeing is real," Cawthon says.

The basic meaning behind "Electronic City" is the exploration of technology in today's society and the connection and disconnection created between two people, she says.

"We use a lot of technology to point out how we use a lot of technology. It connects directly to the audience because you are seeing yourself and at the same time it's challenging you," Cawthon says.

What Cawthon wants the audience to get out of "Electronic City" is to look at their lives from an outside perspective yet still enjoy a heart-warming show.

"At its heart, it's a simple, beautiful love story, but I want to make the audience look at their world and it's potential," Cawthon says.

'Electronic City'

What: Multimedia stage production performed by UF's School of Theatre and Dance

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Tuesday through Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 2

Where: Nadine McGuire Black Box Theatre, UF campus

Tickets: $15, $11 seniors, UF students and staff

Info: 392-1653

'Electronic City'

What: Multimedia stage production performed by UF's School of Theatre and Dance

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Tuesday through Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 2

Where: Nadine McGuire Black Box Theatre, UF campus

Tickets: $15, $11 seniors, UF students and staff

Info: 392-1653

sc29electronic.jpgErica Brough

"Electronic City" with, from left, Russ Schultz, Loren Omer, Kevin Chu and Kym Burns, opens Friday at UF's Nadine McGuire Black Box Theatre.

"Electronic City" with, from left, Russ Schultz, Loren Omer, Kevin Chu and Kym Burns, opens Friday at UF's Nadine McGuire Black Box Theatre.

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