If the thought of a New York stage production about adventure games might make your head explode, you'll fit right in at Brooklyn's Brick Theater for Sneaky Snake Productions' BrainExplode!
The creators of Adventure Quest are back at it again, this time with a new play set in 1987 and starring Ray Pinter, a fictional game designer loosely modeled on Infocom's implementors. Unfortunately for Ray, his brain is going to explode in 60 minutes, so time is short as he "confronts futuristic technology, supernatural antagonists, and his own personal demons." But he's not alone. Like any good piece of interactive fiction, the audience is also a participant here, with "select audience members giving the protagonist commands and helping him to navigate the world of the play."
BrainExplode! is running for a limited time, ending Saturday, July 30th. Tickets are available for $15, and can be ordered online from the theater's website. To be considered for one of the participatory roles, you'll need to arrive no later than ten minutes before the show begins.
Photograph by Kimberly Craven