In 2019, A Stage Reborn hosted an innovative and exciting workshop titled "Play In A Day," a testament to our commitment to making theatre accessible and engaging through the use of modern technology and classic literature. This unique workshop was designed to introduce participants to the world of Shakespearean theatre, using the immersive platform of Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV) to bring the Bard's work to life in a virtual setting.
The Essence of "Play In A Day"
"Play In A Day" was an intensive, four-hour workshop where participants were immersed in the world of Shakespeare. The chosen piece for this event was a short one-act play by Shakespeare, which provided the perfect introduction to his style and language. Our goal was to demystify Shakespearean theatre and make it approachable and enjoyable for all, regardless of their prior experience with Shakespeare or theatre in general.
The Workshop Experience
Participants in the workshop were given a crash course in various aspects of theatre production, including basic blocking, line delivery, and character development. The challenge was to learn and perform the play within the condensed timeframe of just four hours, a task that required quick learning, teamwork, and a lot of creativity.
The use of FFXIV as our stage and backdrop added an extra layer of excitement and accessibility. Participants controlled their characters in the game to perform actions, deliver lines, and interact with each other, all while navigating the virtual environment of Eorzea. This digital platform not only made it possible to conduct the workshop remotely but also added a unique, modern twist to the classic art of Shakespearean performance.
A Prelude to "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
"Play In A Day" served as a perfect lead-up to our larger production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The workshop allowed participants to dip their toes into the world of Shakespeare, gaining confidence and understanding of the playwright's language and themes. For many, it was a first step towards participating in the more extensive and detailed production that followed.
Impact and Legacy
The success of "Play In A Day" was evident in the enthusiasm and feedback from our participants. Not only did they gain a newfound appreciation for Shakespeare, but they also experienced firsthand the joys and challenges of theatre production. The workshop showcased the potential of video games as a medium for artistic expression and education, aligning perfectly with A Stage Reborn's mission to innovate in the arts.
Continuing the Tradition
At A Stage Reborn, we continue to explore unique ways to blend technology, gaming, and the performing arts. "Play In A Day" was just one example of how we strive to make art accessible, educational, and fun. Stay tuned for more workshops and events that push the boundaries of traditional theatre.