After a sold-out run in 2012, the interactive choose your own adventure comedy with 240 possible outcomes DIE: Roll to Proceed will be a part of the WiredArts Fest running from 2/19-3/2 at the Secret Theatre and live-streamed online to a global audience. The WiredArts Fest is a first of its kind live-streamed performing arts festival created along the lines of a Fringe Festival, but online, where the audience is global and seating is unlimited. Online viewers will be able to participate in live chat discussions and interact through Twitter and Facebook all while the performance is happening, giving artists, producers and writers access to global audiences. The festival simultaneously provides worldwide audiences the opportunity to experience New York's vibrant live performing arts scene.
Written by Joe Kurtz, DIE: Roll to Proceed features direction and original music by Christian De Gré (Story Time with Mr. Buttermen) and was originally developed at La MaMa, E.T.C. in 2010. This existential comedy calls upon audience members to roll a die at crucial plot points, thereby determining the course of the play that night from 240 different possible outcomes (since its development, no two shows have ever been the same).
Imagine if you will a world unencumbered by the stress of decision-making, a world where you never have to wonder if you made the "right" decision. In DIE: Roll to Proceed, the protagonist George, in a moment of self-realization sparked by a recent explosive argument with his girlfriend Kate, decides to revoke his own right to choose the paths his life will take. He stumbles upon a solution to avoid the customary human requirement of making hard and potentially life-changing decisions: a six-sided die.
At pivotal moments in the play, the audience is called upon to break the fourth wall and roll the die on George's behalf. Each number on the die determines a specific path the show can take, and after an audience member rolls (either in person at the theater or online), the show then goes in that direction. With the multitude of die rolls that occur throughout the show, there are 240 different versions of the play, and all versions are fully staged & scripted. Thanks to audience participation, George and his reclusive roommate embark on a comical, strange, and seemingly unpredictable journey. Their fate... Your hands... Roll the DIE.
Presented by Mind The Art Entertainment in collaboration with Rising Art A.C. (Mexico City) and produced by Christian De Gré and Ariana Paganetti, the cast will feature Justin Anselmi [Huffington Post's list "best performers of 2012"], Joe Kurtz, Mara Lileas, Robb Moreira, David Williams and Patrick Alberty. The creative team includes designers Cora Levin, Marciel Greene, Elias "Uva" Diaz, Rachel Esterday and Christian De Gré. Joining the 2012 production team are executive producers Jason Friedman Mendez and Daniel Szczuka and associate producers Mikol Dise, Pablo King and Adrian Corral.
DIE: Roll to Proceed will play as part of the WiredArtsFest at the New Media Center at the Secret Theatre (44-02 23rd Street Long Island City) from 2/19-3/2 with shows on Tues. 2/19 at 7pm, Wed. 2/20 at 9:15pm, Thur. 2/21 at 7pm, Sat. 2/23 at 9:15pm, Tues. 2/26 at 7pm, Wed. 2/27 at 9:15pm and Sat. 3/2 at 7pm. Tickets for the live performances, priced at $18, and $2.50 for the streamed performance, can be purchased online at virtualarts.tv/wiredartsfest.
Mind The Art Entertainment is a NYC based Production Company seeking to bridge the gap between art and entertainment. Since March 2007 it has produced 48 original projects