Pivot Arts director, Julieanne Ehre, chats with creators, Seth Bockley and Drew Paryzer, about their interactive gaming experience Superfluxus. The on-line experience premieres June 12 as part of the Pivot Arts Festival.
Superfluxus is an original sci-fi puzzling experience full of humor, suspense and mind-bending twists. Originally intended as an immersive theater and installation project, the artists have reimagined SUPERFLUXUS, during this time of social distancing, as a choose-your-own-adventure text and video web experience, set in a surreal and sinister lunar landscape in the year 2120. This virtual journey will give audiences a flavor of what will ultimately become a live immersive experience in the not-too-distant, but still very strange, future.
SETH BOCKLEY is a playwright and theater director specializing in literary adaptation, design-driven production, and new play development. As a writer his works include Gilgamesh & Enkidu (Pivot Arts Festival premiere), Tabletop Tragedies, Charisma! with Minneapolis rock band Greycoats, Rip Van Winkle; or, Cut The Old Moon Into Stars, the first commission by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring NY, 2666 (adapted with Robert Falls from the novel by Roberto Bolaño, Goodman Theatre), CRISPR Kids, Laika’s Coffin, Journey For The Sun, Wilderness, February House (with Gabriel Kahane, The Public Theater, NYC), and adaptations from stories by George Saunders: Jon and CommComm, plus the “Cool Dads of America” sketch from A Prairie Home Companion. Directing credits include Gilgamesh & Enkidu; the multimedia documentary theater works Wilderness and Basetrack Live with En Garde Arts (Abrons Arts Center, NYC), 2666 (with Robert Falls, Goodman Theater), Lauren Yee’s Samsara and Philip Dawkins’ Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens, Chicago); Jason Grote’s Civilization (all you can eat) and 1001; the clown play Guerra, with Mexico City-based troupe La Piara (toured Mexico, Colombia, and U.S.) He teaches at the University of Chicago.
DREW PARYZER is a playwright and interactive storyteller. His work has been developed or presented at the Roundabout Theatre, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Fusebox Festival, and the Playwrights’ Center. Plays include Loverboy (UT New Theater 2018), Al-Halqa (is that how it’s pronounced) (New Harmony Project finalist), and Alter (Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights’ Workshop). Work as an interactive storyteller includes FinalCon (Austin Critics Table Award nomination), the virtual reality/theater piece Muzzle Tough (Tofte Lake Center Residency), and Intro to Being Here (Cohen New Works Festival 2017) — for which he co-created the integrated video game. He is a National New Play Network Affiliated Artist, as well as an Affiliated Writer with the Playwrights’ Center. BA: Sarah Lawrence College (Lipkin Prize recipient). MFA: UT Austin (James A. Michener Fellow). Drew lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has served as a Narrative Lead at Meow Wolf.
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