One player, frustrated at the lack of cohesive motivation in his characters, declares “Soliloquies don’t make any sense. Why would someone stop what he was doing to talk about his emotions? Everyone knows the true revelation of a soul happens on a Facebook post.”
Everyone knows the true revelation of a soul happens on Facebook.
It seems fitting, therefore, that Facebook should not only provide commentary and explanation of the show, but actually affect the outcome of the story.
“The in-world Facebook posts are an interesting supplement to a madcap performance, and helped me follow along with song lyrics.” *
“The cast created a delightful immersive experience by both using the entire theatre and posting to Facebook as the show goes along (Yes, this the one show you are encouraged to use your phone at).” *
“I've never seen such clever use of Facebook posts throughout the performance (I counted 35 of them) to comment on the action, add even another level of humor, and provide lyrics for the songs” *
The audience posts advice about what the shy lovers should write in their plot-pivotal love letters.
Characters update their relationship statuses, from stage.
Of course (like in real life), some status posts are less believable than others. Like this photoshopped relationship picture from Silvia’s “wrong” fiancé, Thurio.
Audience members add their own running-joke touches —
— and add their own photos of the characters.
They comment on the action—
— and supply clever Shakespearean humor of their own.
In addition to song lyrics, adapted from the Shakespeare text, both characters and audience members can point out perspective and give the kind of well-thought-out advice Facebook is known for.
A comment on Val’s common to adolescence lament, in one song, that “this key’s too low for me.”
Members of the audience talk to each other—about each other.
And continue on the way home—
— like this in-the-car back-of-the-program dress-up-like-a-man selfie.
The Facebook posts on this page were made during the performance by the SkyVault social media crew and audience members who were interacting in person at the theater as well as from a distance via the live stream on Facebook. These posts are from the performance shown in the video below.
(Click here to see the full Facebook feed on a single page.)
- Follow the Verona Road Top level of the Verona site
- Embarking on the Journey How the story was created
- The Story What is it about?
- Interactive Facebook Experience Interacting in real time with the audience on Facebook
- Fringe Festival Premiere Learn more about our experience at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis
- A Shakespeare Show Without Shakespeare See what peope said about our adaptation of Shakespeare
- The Music Music is a huge part of who we are and what we do
- How the Show Was Created Learn about what went into making On the Road to Verona
- The Cast Find out who these zany actors are
- Traveling to the Renaissance How we brought Verona to The Minnesota Renaissance Festival (and bonus information on our involvement there)
- Continuing the Journey How we can bring Verona to you.
All the quotations on these pages are excerpted from unsolicited comments from theatre-goers who are active in the Minneapolis theatre world comparing On the Road to Verona with the entire spectrum of 168 different Fringe Festival performances.
(For all these excerpts in one place, click here, And a link to the unexcerpted reviews—including, of course (alas), those that are less glowing than these we have cheekily quoted, on these pages: http://www.fringefestival.org/show/?id=20160990.)